About - Jess Soper Photography

I’m Jess, a contemporary photographer based in North Essex.

I specialise in creative family and children's portraits, that tell the stories that are so important to you.

When I became a mother I realised how fleeting childhood is, everyday there is something new and another moment passes.  I wanted to be able to freeze time, to capture all those feelings and emotions that are so important to all of us.  

It gives me so much joy to be able to use my camera to give families images that you will hold dear for generations to come.  When I hand over a set of photos of think of how these images will be passed down, how those little children in your photos may one day be sitting down with their own children, looking through a photo album filled with these heart-felt memories.  

Because I love to capture real emotions, my style is very informal.  I like to focus on creative techniques that enhance the emotions that already exist.  I shoot mainly with natural light and either in a setting that you feel comfortable with or in an interesting outdoor location that will engage the children.  

I don't really enjoy being in front of the camera so I go out of my way to make sure you feel comfortable and at ease.  The focus is rarely on the camera, I prefer you all to be engaged in another activity and I will just gently steer you towards getting the right shot.  There won't be any stiff poses or awkward smiles and we can work at your pace or with whatever your children are happy with.

Please see my galleries for more details and prices for individual photoshoots, or have a read from some of my happy customers.


Children's Photo Shoots

These shoots last up to 1 hour and take place in a location of your choice.  This could be your home or at an outdoor location. (I can advise on a setting if you prefer).

This price includes up to 2 children and you will receive 25 fully-edited images.  You may print these as you wish, or I am happy to advise or arrange print for an additional charge.  You will also receive a Facebook gallery of your photos (or a separate online gallery if you prefer).

All images will be ready in time for Christmas.

The price includes travel within 10 miles of Halstead, Essex.  Any further will be extra, based on petrol costs.


These are example fees, so you can get an idea of cost. Each job is obviously very different and I am happy to quote and negotiate depending on individual requirements.

2-hour photo shoot within a 10 mile radius of CO9 1DQ    £150

1-hour photo shoot (enough for a simple maternity shoot) £80

1/2 hour mini portrait shoot (1 person)  £50

This would include:

*A  set of high resolution,  professionally-edited images for you to download.  

*A set of images re-sized for your use online (facebook galleries/websites etc).  

*Advice on styling/location/marketing

These rates do not include print but I will arrange this should you wish.  I have a number of options to choose from, from fine art prints to full albums.

If you want to find out more please get in touch.

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