As a person who refuses to wear her prescription glasses, the world is always a bit out of focus for Jaklyn Larsen, at least until her camera is in front of her eyes. Some of her earliest memories of photography include taking horrible photos in Washington D.C. as an 8th grader, and sneaking her grandma’s disposable camera out to a pasture to photograph vultures feasting. She grew up in the Willamette Valley, thankful to live in a community that celebrates the great outdoors. She occasionally talks to the birds she photographs, because, as noted above, she grew up in Oregon.
In 2020, Jaklyn took on a new job as the world’s first and foremost Toilet Paper Funeral Director, creating more than twenty funerals to honor the world’s diminishing paper supplies. She created funerals fit for Pharaohs, held sky burials, donated the TP bodies to science, and even held a Jazz funeral. This new venture landed her in the news internationally, with her videos amassing millions of views across her social media accounts. Her name is now inextricably linked to toilet paper.
Although she doesn’t like to bring up her accomplishments much, she really wants to find a polite way to mention that she was part of an Emmy Award winning production. It’s not every day she gets to see her name in the credits of something like that!
Jaklyn currently lives on the Oregon coast with her family. Now that she is retired from directing toilet paper funerals, she finds herself in constant pursuit of capturing images of the natural beauty that surrounds us all. It’s a huge task to undertake, but one she is ready and willing to attempt.