Photographer and makeup artist Renee Parenteau is inspired by art, adventure and bridging cultures through travel. As a portrait photographer based out of Florida she works with CEO’s, celebrities and pro athletes among her many clients. The most decorated Olympic gymnast, Shannon Miller, is one of her long-time clients for publicity and advertising work including photography for Shannon’s newly launched line of fitness wear. Renee is the official photographer in support of the annual Shannon Miller 5k and Fun Run to raise awareness about youth fitness and the fight against childhood obesity. A cause close to her heart she makes fitness a priority in her personal life as a runner, cyclist, equestrienne and sailor.
Having gotten her start as a makeup artist for celebrities in Los Angeles she believes in focusing on what inspires her subjects during their photo sessions to bring out the “inner celebrity” in her clients for their portraits. Renee has also photographed Greg Norman, Hank Haney, Ben Vereen, and NFL Jaguar players among her many clients.
Following her other passion of language and love of bridging cultures through travel she earned University of Washington degrees in Comparative History of Ideas and Spanish. Through the university’s foreign programs she studied in Granada, Spain and Nantes, France.
Later, while in Madrid, Renee studied photography and as a part of her academic research project she photographed the controversial art of the Spanish Bullfight resulting in a conversation-provoking Fine Art collection of photos she’s shown in Europe and the U.S.
Renee has been named as 2016 Small Business Leader of the Year for JaxChamber Downtown Council and 2014 Jacksonville Business Journal Woman of Influence. She often supports other women in business, for example, as a panelist for Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Women Forward event, and through interviews on “Business Brief” on NPR, First Coast Living, and First Coast News The Chat. Renee is also a board member for GlobalJax that promotes citizen diplomacy with foreign delegates traveling in the States.