Hey, Jolly here. Your friendly neighbourhood portrait photographer (I know, how passé). I have been shooting things at sight for several decades now whilst working at a corporate job until fate intervened, I got made redundant which I took as a heaven-sent opportunity to turn my passion into a passionate profession.


I decided to specialise in portraiture because, growing up, there always were family portraits on the wall which, I guess gave us a sense of connection. And of special significance was my grandfather’s portrait. He was gone long before I was born but my father would tell us stories about him. Through these stories and his photo on the wall, I was able to form a bond with him that exists even today. He is a living presence in my life. However, I don’t know what my grandma looks like because till date I haven’t been able to locate a photo of hers. A void that will never be filled.

Joy Studio - Jolly Jacob, Wellington portrait photographer


It became my mission to create, for posterity, beautiful portraits of people (especially women) and their families, so that they can not only be a constant reminder of family bonds but also cherished by future generations after they are gone. This became my ‘why’ to become a portrait photographer.

Personal branding photography is also a service I offer. In this age of social media supremacy, it is of vital importance for business owners and corporate professionals to not only look their best, but also portray a brand that is authentically them.

TEDx Talk

I had the honour to give a very heartfelt talk on the Power of Portraits at TEDx Canberra in 2018. Do give it a dekko. If you can’t see the video, here’s the link https://youtu.be/oUpkLt56C5U

Feel free to contact me via phone or email or go ahead and click on the button below. Quite happy to answer your questions about having your (or your loved ones’) photos taken. Always ready to spread the JOY 🙂