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JEN MAY PASTORES is a documentary photographer for cultural events and destination weddings, freelance writer, and teacher currently living in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Chinatown Artists Lofts.

Jen May is recognized for the photography work she did with Tiny Toones Youth Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that launched a photo exhibit tour known as "The World Through Our Eyes" and an Artist Residency with the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

She teaches classes for the Arts Consortium My Voice Media Center where she helps individuals of mental healthcare experience tell their story and realize their own creative vision.

She also leads a local group of photographers known as Visalia Lens, organizes Help-Portrait events to give back to the community, and is a photography mentor for Thirst Relief International.  

Jen May is an awardee of Youth Development and Engagement for her innovative work with high school students in Tulare County. She is also a Momenta scholarship recipient where she documented the French Quarter Festival for Project New Orleans.

Some things she enjoys: traveling, reading, music, a bowl of hot noodles, getting people together, inspiring youth, family, and living a life with a heart after God. 

Photo by: Jacqueline Fuller

PUBLICATIONS AND EXHIBITIONS
Style Me Pretty, Grey Likes Weddings, Photojojo, Let The Kids, Tiffinbox, Pinhole Magazine, Lifestyle Magazine, Asian Arts Initiative, Visual Artists Network, Honolulu Girl Fest Anti-Violence Festival, Taste the Arts Downtown Visalia, 210 Cafe, The Lunch Box First Friday, SCENE Magazine, Look Look Magazine, Ka Leo O Hawaii, The Daily Sundial, Direct Magazine

 


 

Clips from a few shoots where I managed to get behind-the-scenes footage. Music by Passion Pit "Secret Lies"

 

This is a project very dear to me. In the past few months since the passing of my grandpa I've submitted myself to an unavoidable, down-reaching reflection. Life is painful when you lose someone you love. Yet, in the faith I have, I find it's also a time of growing closer to God.