“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”— Edward Steichen

Shortly after our dog died unexpectedly I realised that I didn't have any beautiful pictures of us to hang on our walls as I'm always the one behind the lens. This made me so sad, but it also made me grasp the value of what I do. Life is impermanent and nothing is forever. We all change, we age, we grow and eventually we pass. A portrait becomes a record of time gone by and a keepsake for generations to come but a really good portrait can make us feel, tell us a story and take us on a journey.

If I was going to take your portrait I'd start by asking you about who you are and what you're about and then I would look for that special something that makes you shine and translate this into a timeless keepsake.

Guy Buttery

Having worked with many photographers around the world, Jacki Bruniquel is quite unlike anyone I’ve met wielding a camera. She has an unbelievable ability to ease whoever she is pointing a lense at. This is not something she has strived for but something which comes incredibly naturally to her. Her enthusiasm for each project and…

Ard Matthews

Jax is as much a visionary as she is a photographer. No two shoots with her are ever alike. She has a brilliant eye for catching the moment in any setup.

Tam and Bear

Jacki is a visionary! It was very hard finding a photographer who would capture beautiful moments as well as shoot in perfect lighting and edit the images correctly – then I found Jacki. She ticked every box. She goes above and beyond to really find out who you are and how you would like your…

Marelize McLaughlan

Jacki is an artist, she sees beauty that others simply do not see. I am a forty something stay at home mom and wanted a photoshoot for myself of myself. For this I thought, I needed someone open minded and patient. But I found more than that in Jacki’s work – every photo she took…

Geraldine Redfern

Jax is simply the best photographer I know of. And the quality of her work is worth every cent She has a real artist’s eye. I loved the fact that she was never afraid to get dirty or get herself into a funny position so she could get a unique shot. She excels at creating…

Dylan McGarry

Jacki doesnt ‘take pictures’ – she has a conversation with the most immediate and fully realised part of you – she unearths something that we can’t see in oursleves. Her mediums are light, conversation, and empathy – and somehow she captures the intimacy between people – and the intimate within ourselves.   This portrait is of my 93year…

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Girl with Horse – Tegan + Anna

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People of the Mdumbi

If you connect with my work chances are that we will click too, so tell me your story and what you want from your portrait session and let's co-create something beautiful together.

Portrait of Top South African female photographer

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