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My style is inspired by my passion for reflecting authentic moments, of love and connection between people and the world around them.

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About

Jessica Ellen Photography
  • Jessica Ellen

    It is such an incredible thing to be able to freeze a moment in time, little moments that can be printed out and treasured forever.

    Jessica Ellen
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  • Jessica Ellen

    It is such an incredible thing to be able to freeze a moment in time, little moments that can be printed out and treasured forever.

    Jessica Ellen
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Hi I’m Jessica Ellen, a wedding and lifestyle photographer from beautiful Cape Town.

I am Jessica Ellen and I’d love to document your wedding story. My passion is to capture the personality of your unique day by freezing those special split seconds that happen spontaneously throughout the day in pictures that can then be revisited over and over for years to come. After the celebration is over, the party has left and everything has been packed up, what you are left with is a whole lot of love, endless possibilities for the future and a spool full of precious memories from a day that passed by far too quickly. These are your memories, to cherish and remember forever.

I’m inspired by real love. Those goosebump moments that grip your heart. I hate to admit it but I’m usually a bit teary when those key moments happen throughout the day. When the bride reads the letter from her husband-to-be just before she gets dressed, that moment she walks down the aisle, dad in hand. The unveiling. The vows. That first kiss after the I dos. All these moments are so special and my aim is to capture them in a way that keeps the feeling of them alive when these moments are revisited in your pictures for years after. I’ve had a passion for documenting moments for as long as I can remember. It was only when my friends starting getting married that I realised that I loved shooting weddings though. A lot of my friends would ask me to come and document extra parts of their weddings when they hadn’t hired more that one photographer to capture their day. The first full wedding I ever shot exclusively was the wedding of family friend. His father was very high up in the South Africa Marine Corps and had organised for their wedding to take place at Admiralty House in Simon’s Town. I was hired as their photographer for the day and my husband was my assistant, lugging what little gear I had at the time around for me. At the time all I had was pure passion for wedding photography, a very keen eye for composition and very basic camera knowledge. I shot the whole wedding with a Canon 600D and a kit lens I had bought in a bundle at Makro a couple of years prior. The bride actually had a better camera than I did at the time! I made countless rookie errors that day, it was a huge learning curve, but I look back at those photos with absolute pride. Some of those images are still in my portfolio today!

When I’m working, I like to be as unobtrusive as possible, guiding you in an unassuming way to get the best possible results from your pictures on your wedding day, without over-posing you or making you feel unnatural. Being a documentary photographer, I shoot with as much available light as possible, capturing your love story as it naturally unfolds on your special day. But I do pull out a bit of extra lighting gear when needed, usually during the reception after the sun has set and everyone is ready to party.

After my husband and I got married, I realised how incredibly special our wedding video was was to me. It was so amazing to be able to revisit the day and sit and watch the vows and hear all the speeches that had whizzed by too fast to absorb properly at the time. And that is why my husband, a videographer, recently joined the Jessica Ellen portfolio offering documentary-style wedding videography. Together we’re a formidable wedding documentary team, working alongside each other to offer couples a great value package including both photography and video for their wedding day.

I am a member of The International Newborn Photography Association (INPA), you can view my profile here. The International Newborn Photography Association (INPA) is a member-based association representing qualified, eligible and experienced newborn photographers on all levels. The INPA connects parents with newborn photographers via its comprehensive directory and provides informative articles on what to expect from their professional photography experience.

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pricing

Pricing

Wedding Packages start at R14,000.00

All packages include one pre-wedding meeting to discuss any ideas you might have regarding any specific details of your big day. At this meeting we can go through my portfolio as well as talk about optional extras, such as photobooks and thank-you cards and how we can capture some beautiful moments on your wedding day. Not all packages are suitable for every couple and a package can be tailor-made to suit your budget and your needs.

The following is included (time permitting)

  • The venue
  • Decor of the reception area
  • Bride/groom preparation and portraits
  • The ceremony
  • Family/friend group shots
  • Bridal party shots
  • Couple shots
  • Reception shots, speeches, the first dance, cutting of the cake, throwing of the bouquet & garter

Contact me for a full price list and terms and conditions.

Maternity Packages start at R3,000.00

Maternity sessions are best done between 32-36 weeks. Siblings are welcome at no extra charge. A makeup artist is available to pamper you and make you feel beautiful for your shoot at your convenience.

Newborn Packages start at R3,500.00

Newborn sessions are best done up to 3 weeks after birth. Sessions take between 90 min – 4 hours depending on how baby feels on the day. I am fanatical about newborn safety and will always put your and your babies comfort first. Sessions are conducted according to each individual baby, allowing time for feedings and pampering… these little models often work to their own schedule. Props are provided but you are welcome to bring along special sentiments if you wish to include these in your images. I always allow time for a few pics with mom and dad as well, and a makeup artist is on hand to pamper mom and make her feel beautiful while we do the first session with baby. In-home sessions are also available.

Maternity & Newborn Bundle rates start at R5,000.00

Consider the Maternity & Newborn Photography Bundle package. By booking the bundle package, you get to combine shoots into one package at a better rate.

Contact me for a full price list and terms and conditions.

Portrait Shoot rates start at R3,000.00

Jessica Ellen Photography offers family lifestyle shoots, portrait sessions, corporate head shots and couple & engagement shoots. These shoots can be done as a lifestyle shoot at your home or a location based on your style. A makeup artist is available to pamper you and make you feel beautiful for your shoot at your convenience.

Contact me for a full price list and terms and conditions.

Get in Touch

I'd love to hear from you and I'm always keen to start new projects.