Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me!

My name is Jess and I am a documentary family photographer from Bath, Somerset

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I live with my husband, my beautiful 2 year old son Edward (who I am OBSESSED with) and we mustn’t forget our feisty cat Agatha, who is a little forgotten now since Edward arrived (sorry Ags).

I love people. And I love documentary photography. I am also slowly but surely learning to love dust (!) I also love Mexican food (always with extra jalapeño’s) and I am a big fan of gritty Danish thrillers on TV (The Bridge being my favourite).

Just to give you a little bit of my background, I studied fine art at Edinburgh College of Art for four years. I also studied documentary photography at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for a semester. After I graduated I worked in the art world in London for 7 years. Shortly after my husband and I got engaged, we decided we had done the London thing and fancied a change of pace and different lifestyle. We moved back to the South West which is where we are both originally from (I’m a Bristol gal and he’s a Taunton guy), got married and not long later had our first baby, Edward! 

When I became a Mum I didn't realise I would find so much inspiration in all the smaller life moments with my child; the ordinary, day to day stuff. Him helping me cook, hanging out the washing, playing with him, dancing and singing to George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’, going for a muddy walk or snuggling on the sofa and watching a movie. There is so much magic and beauty to be found in these unposed, unscripted, raw life moments. The moment’s you wouldn’t think to photograph but actually tell a richer story. The ordinary, which is actually extraordinary!

I truly believe life should be documented as it is; messy, crazy, chaotic, laughter filled, tear filled, and REAL.

My approach is a mixture of documentary and fine art portraiture to create an authentic story of you and your family. I promise you will feel at ease in my company and there will be zero awkward posing. There is so much beauty in normal life. Lets create some art together.

 

(Above images courtesy of the beautiful and overwhelmingly talented documentary family photographer, Alice Chapman)

 
 
 

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