Cody native changes her path and makes an impression

(Park County, Wyo.) Jennifer Wiles has made a huge choice and a huge career change. She gave up a career as an engineer to pursue the arts and now that has paid off as Wiles made a splash at NWC. Jennifer Wiles, a freshman from Cody, earned Best of Show distinction for her studio illustration titled “ A Winter Fairy Tale.” The through-a-window illustration is a composite of several images that gives the viewer a stolen glimpse of Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf. Four Northwest College photography students won NWC Board of Trustee Purchase Awards at the March 22 opening reception for the 2016 Juried Student Photography Show at SinClair Gallery in Powell. Jennifer composited numerous photos into one to create “A Winter Fairy Tale,” the Best of Show Award winner at the 2016 Northwest College Photography Show. Wiles said her daughter Charlotte inspired her to explore the Little Red Riding Hood story in a graphic presentation, an idea she plans to turn into a series of fairy tale illustrations. “A Winter Fairy Tale” combines photos taken of a wood exterior at a miner’s cabin in Montana, of her dog playing the part of the wolf, of an aspen grove also in Montana, and in her basement where she used off-camera flash to capture Little Red Riding Hood. Wiles already holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech and spent almost 11 years as an engineer before moving back to Cody last year to look for a new path in life. She’s enrolled as a freshman in the NWC Photographic Communications Program and plans to open her own studio in Cody where she’ll do portraiture, family photography and product imagery. Until then, she’s offering onsite newborn and baby photography as well as outdoor family session. #reboot #news