About Me

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Kia ora. My name is Jess and thank you for visiting my site!

Photography has been my hobby and passion since I was at primary school. I went on to study a Bachelor of Design majoring in Photography at Massey University. Following that, I worked 10+ years for a well renowned Wellington photography studio. In 2016, I gave birth to my son Tyson and then started my own business.

My photography style is artistic, emotional, authentic and natural. I love capturing human emotion and the connections between people. I also have an affinity for working with Aotearoa's stunning natural environment and it's quirky buildings and art.

Whanau and culture are hugely important to me.

In my whanau, I have four sisters plus our beautiful mum Lucy. Being the eldest child had its advantages growing up as I was able to con my sisters into being models to practice my photography on. I used to plonk my youngest sister in buckets and place her in the garden thinking I was Anne Geddes.

I am so lucky now to have a beautiful whanau of my own. My partner Pita and I have a gorgeous son Tyson who brings so much meaning to our lives. Tyson is part Tokelauan, Maori and Pakeha. He loves learning about his culture and other cultures too.

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Michaela (sister)
Michaela (sister)
Cyanotype print
Cyanotype print
Cyanotype print
Cyanotype print

Being a 1980's baby, I was very fortunate to experience photography back when it was film. I have vivid memories of spending long hours and late nights in dark rooms!

Growing up, old historical photography processes really interested me. I have fond memories dabbling with things like pinhole photography, cyanotype printing, 4x5 inch monorail photography, and lubitel cameras.

Through my grounding in film photography, I have always had in interest in shadows, reflections, movement and blur. When I have freedom to play around, I like to incorporate these techniques into my professional work.

Jess Dewsnap | Wellington Wedding & Portrait Photographer