Richmond, London Photographer Jude Jarvis

About Me

I aim to create natural but striking portraits. More arty in style than cutesy - images with edge that get noticed. I tend to steer clear of the stereotypical pinks, blues, unnatural props, spot colour, stark white over-lit studios, dressed up babies or forced smiles. I like simple clean images that reflect the people and their emotions on the day.

It is important that the whole experience is relaxed and fun for everyone involved. Don't worry if you hate having a camera pointed in your face. So do I. I promise I will never make you stand in a formal pose and ask you to say cheese. The key to great portraits, I think, is a healthy mix of familiarity and distraction. Children and adults alike can relax when literally 'at home' in their surroundings, allowing their real personalities to come out for me to see. But I know particularly from my own daughter, that little people especially need it to be fun, quick and interesting - something or somewhere new to look at and think about to distract throughout the session.

We can discuss where 'familiarity' is for you. I am happy to travel to your own home or to your favourite place (the park works well) or both. I just need natural light.

I have a personal preference for Black and White Photography but I do deliver a balance of Colour and Black and White in each shoot. I make a decision based on every image individually as to which it would look best in, if not both. I find that pregnant bumps, newborn babies and parents of newborns generally all look best in Black and White as it can be far more flattering to skin tone inconsistencies, blemishes, dark circles (!) etc. It can also be far more atmospheric which lends itself to the mood of bump and newborn shoots. Older kiddies and family shoots are normally more vibrant occasions and the images look great in both.

Please have a look at my Portfolios to see some of my work or check out my Blog for a sneaky peek at what I have been up to recently.

My bias towards the more arty end of the spectrum comes from my professional life before Photography. After University, I went into Advertising and from there to Brand Consultancy. I was always the person on the other side of the fence advising clients about imagery, liaising with incredible photographers on behalf of someone else's business or attending shoots witnessing the creation of beautiful visual messaging. I wistfully thumbed through portfolios in the art department and wandered around the Oxo Gallery on my way home from work each day thinking that would be the closest I would ever come to professional photography. Well thanks to a major nudge from my amazing wedding photographer, Guy Hearn, I decided to leap across the fence. Two years, various courses and workshops, one baby and multiple shoots later, creating beautiful images is now excitingly my business.