Jeanne Garrett was born in Washington, D.C. In college, Jeanne minored in photography. Upon graduation in l980, she joined the campaign staff of candidate Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush photographing dignitaries who visited Illinois. The campaign used her images in its newsletter.
After a corporate career, she renewed her passion for photography.
In 2016, her photo, Still Life, won first prize in the Daily Herald Arts Unlimited contest. In 2015, Jeanne held solo exhibitions at Moon Gallery in Arlington Heights and Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. Several of her nature photographs were in a juried show at the Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. Her images also have been included in a juried show at Oakton Community College: "Beyond Rosie the Riviter: Women and Work", "Feminism Across the Generations" and "Bodies by Design". Her work has appeared in other venues including the BBC website and the nature magazine, Birds & Blooms.
Recently, Jeanne photographed the Santa Fe Watershed for the not-for-profit Santa Fe Watershed Association documenting changing conditions and environments along the watershed. She donated images to help support and preserve the watershed.
In another project, Jeanne spearheaded a team of photographers who took photographs at an economically disadvantaged Chicago High School, Chicago Tech Academy, a contract school for low income students pursuing a STEM cirriculum. Her portraits of several hundred high school students are being used as a two-story mural which hangs on the school's exterior.
Jeanne has traveled extensively, visiting six of the seven continents. While her travels inspire her, she is equally happy photographing rural areas of the Midwest.