Forensic Photography (Group)
This presentation will provide a greater understanding of the importance of photographic documentation beneficial to the medical examiner and coroner systems. It will also offer best practices for photographic documentation of decedents before organ and/or tissue donation through demonstration and application of the photographic methodology, full-body photography, photo scaling, photography of injuries, and more.
- Outline the importance of photographic documentation
- Summarize best practices in forensic photography
- Apply photographic methods to mock cases
- Provide interactive feedback of applied photography methodology
Jennifer Snippen, BSN, RN, MA, F-ABMDI
Jennifer is a Board Certiﬁed Fellow with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and past Chief Deputy Medical Examiner for Linn and Benton Counties in Oregon. She is an American Association of Forensic Sciences Fellow and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. Jennifer is also a registered nurse with extensive critical care/neurotrauma experience. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Lane Community College Science Department where she teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology. She has instructed for the Linn Benton CC Criminal Justice program, Lane CC Criminal Justice Program, UC Riverside Forensic Nursing Program, Oregon State Medicolegal Death Investigator Program & the Oregon State University eCampus Anthropology program. She received a Master’s in Applied Biomedical Anthropology from Oregon State University with a minor focus on Physiology. Her thesis research project was a multijurisdictional study of law enforcement experiences related to infant death investigations. Jennifer is currently a PhD Student at Oregon State University studying the process of death investigation as a scientific endeavor.
Jennifer began her medical training as an EMT in Kenai, Alaska in 1991. She then earned an RN BSN in Bismarck, ND and worked for years in neurotrauma critical care before receiving Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training and eventually moving full time into death investigation. She is the past Chief Deputy Medical Examiner for two Oregon counties and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. Jennifer has earned Board Certiﬁed Fellow status from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and is an American Academy of Forensic Sciences Fellow. She holds a masters in Medical Anthropology from Oregon State University and is currently a PhD student in their Comparative Health Sciences program. She is a regularly invited speaker and on the topics of strangulation investigation, infant death investigation, and forensic photography.
Jennifer is an experienced critical care nurse and medicolegal death investigator with decades of experience in photography. She is a regularly invited speaker on the subject of practical forensic photography and enjoys helping non-photographers obtain the best possible photographs using the (often) limited resources and time available to them.