Jenny was born and raised in San Francisco and currently lives in Berkeley. She received a B.A. in Psychobiology in 1991 at Pitzer College. Sampson is a member of the Rolls and Tubes Collective. She dedicates her time to photographic endeavors: wet plate collodion and traditional black and white photography. She has exhibited her work in the United States, United Kingdom and has been published in SHOTS Magazine and Visual Communications Quarterly. Her work is included in the Candela Collection and other private collections. Two of Sampson's monographs, Skaters and Skater Girls, were published by Daylight Books in 2017 and 2020, respectively.