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Something magical is happening...

Let's talk about love. The real thing. The stuff that makes you feel warm and wild inside!

Whose that girl? ... It's Jess!

The one behind the camera? Yep, that's me!

I'm an emotional storyteller. I'm all about adventure and keeping it natural! Photographing people in the spaces that they love, and falling in love with their unique story. I've been a photographer going on a decade now, and what have I learned? That memories are priceless. When all is said and done, what do we have to look back on?

So, do our stars align? Now, I'm not here to be a fly on the wall at some fancy party. I'm here to make magic and human connections that will last a lifetime, through the photographs we create.

it's about doing small things in a big way.

 

With the help of my guidance (fingers crossed), you’ll leave our adventure feeling more in love than you did when you started. 

It’s natural, it’s real, and it’s comfortable. It’s your experience, which means there are no limits to what we can create in a day.  Feeling brave? Let’s go climbing. Feeling tender? Let’s get snuggly next to a wood fire. (I’ll bring the marshmallows, duh) 

 

 

Some recent work.

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Alexandra Moss

When my beautiful baby boy entered this world I had the pleasure of having the wonderful Jess Sterk capture some of our first tender and precious moments together as a family. She was kind and attentive and full of emotion watching our new family navigate this new chapter. We felt her loving presence in the background snapping away as we laughed and played with our new son. She captured the most intimate moments without intruding, she held space for our newborn whilst getting pictures of him figuring out how to be himself in this world. I am so grateful I chose Jess to be involved in this special time. She was the perfect addition as she laughed and cried with us at the magic of birthing a baby. I have images now that I will forever hold so dear to my heart. As a new mama, the first few days are such a sleep-deprived, anxiety-driven blur, I am so grateful I had someone so tender and talented there to capture all those amazing moments for me. A million thank you's to Jess for your work and for being there to help us savor each new moment with our precious boy

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Siobhan Kotze

Jess is an extremely charismatic and lovely human to be around! When I first saw her work online, I was instantaneously drawn to the way she grasped the memory of a moment in such a warm and loving manner, and the beautiful tones she uses in her photos. Once we met, I instantly grew fond of the person Jess is and the message she sends out with her images.
She knew exactly what setting my partner and I wanted for our couple shoot and where. “On top of the hill we go!” said Jess to me, And me being the free loving spirit and lover of nature that I am, I was instantly in love.
Being a photographer myself, I find myself being drawn to the photographers that inspire me to do my own personal shoots - I mean who doesn’t want their role model taking photos of them?!
The minute we started our shoot, Jess was adamant for Alex and me to be as real as we wanted. She directed us where needed without making us feel as if we were putting on a show, but rather just completely embodying ourselves within the love we share.
Jess also took the extra mile and made us coffee for the cold afternoon which created the most amazing space for creation.
Thank you, Darling.

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Zanmarie & Stephan

I met Jess in 2017. She captured my bridal shower and it was an instant connection. She made everyone feel so comfortable in front of the camera and made magic with the moments. She went on to capture our wedding and a shoot after the wedding. Since then Jess was always my go-to photographer and will recommend her to anyone. She is always ready for some fun, yet capturing the beautiful moments between family and friends. Thank you for being the best out there.

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Been here before?

Want to skip ahead to the friendship forever part?

I give great hugs, and not so terrible advice. I'll trip over invisible objects and hopefully make you laugh. I'll even pack us some coffee for the ride.

Let's get our hair messy, our boots dirty, and let the adventure begin.

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