Your Dream Experience
PORTRAIT ARTIST, AUTHOR, STUDIO OWNER, MUM
I am a full-time portrait photographer working from my studio in Altona, Melbourne’s west. I have over 15 years’ experience telling stories through photography, translating those experiences into gallery-style artwork, and have established my book imprint and art brand, Van Jude. I originate from The Netherlands, where I also had a thriving photography studio.
My favourite part of the day is spending time with my two beautiful boys, friends and snuggling with our cats. The beach and smelling the salty air makes my heart sing.
To me, there is nothing more rewarding than making my clients feel as gorgeous as they really are. I look forward to capturing your unique story.
After Melbourne’s long lockdown last year, we were wanting something nice to treat ourselves, as well as to capture our recent baby arrival. We knew of Jude’s work through her lockdown publication “Together Apart”, and decided to support a local business.
From the moment we booked, Jude was professional, polite and simply lovely. She called each of us for a brief chat to understand what we were after and to learn a little bit about us. On the day, we arrived and were shown to the studio. Refreshments were made available, and Jude got straight into work.
She managed to keep my wife and I, as well as our 4yo and 9mo kids, entertained, smiling and responsive to her lens.
She managed to capture so many amazing photos in such a short amount of time… it made for some very tough decisions when it came time to narrow them down!
Our home is now filled with happy memories – gorgeous portraits of our family, displayed in a professional and unique way.
They have taken prime position in the lounge room and throughout the house, making us smile and say “Awww…” every time we walk past them.
Thank you Jude! I could not recommend your services more!
In 3 Easy Steps
WE START BY GETTING TO KNOW YOU OVER THE PHONE.
This will give us a chance to get to know you better, answer any questions you might have, and plan out your dream session.
Guided Portrait Experience
READY TO UNLEASH YOUR INNER GODDESS?
Get ready to be pampered and styled by our in-house makeup artist. When it’s time for your shoot, I’ll guide you through every posture and pose.
CINEMATIC REVEAL & ORDERING
AT YOUR REVEAL SESSION...
You’ll get to enjoy a fully guided cinematic presentation of your portraits, and order the ones you love! Together we'll design artwork that brings life to your home.
Your experience at The Melbourne Portrait Studio is all about you, and those you love. Through conversations, we will delve into what is most important to you, learn more about your individual personalities, and find the depth of emotion and admiration that you have for one another. These stories will be captured in meaningful portraits; making your portraits as unique as you are.
The most exciting part of your experience with us – that which all the preparation and energy has led to – is the unveiling of your beautiful portraits. You will not need to wait long! Around 45 minutes after your photoshoot, your portraits will be revealed to you through a cinematic presentation.
During this reveal, you will select your favourite portraits and together we will design stunning wall art to be displayed throughout your home; which will inevitably be treasured and shared for generations to come.
You, and those you love will enjoy them each day, and be reminded of your unique story, and the love you share.
We cannot wait to learn your story, and share this experience with you!
READY TO TELL YOUR STORY?
We would love to discover your story, tell you all about a photographic experience with our studio and answer any questions you may have.
PHOTOGRAPHER, AUTHOR, STUDIO OWNER
STUDIO ADDRESS: 23 Burt St, Altona, Victoria 3018
Gallery Style Artworks & Other Products
At The Melbourne Portrait Studio we believe that having beautiful and meaningful portraits of yourself and the people and pets you love most should be proudly on display in your home.
Those portraits are a daily reminder of the close connections and love you share with each other and will bring you and your family happiness for years to come.
Deciding how to display your unique portraits is another exciting element of your experience with us, and just as important as the initial decision to capture your story. Our gallery-style wall art will last for decades and become family heirlooms for future generations to enjoy.
Let us add vibrancy and modern luxury to your home with beautiful collections of your loved ones.
The Photo Studio
Our portrait studio is light, inviting, and will make you feel at ease. We have many beautiful collections of artwork on display, to help you imagine how your own collection will come to life in your home.
Recently we moved from a large commercial studio into our current luxurious and cosy home studio in Altona, Melbourne. The move was made for our clients and their fur babies; to capture portraits in a more welcoming and relaxed environment.
Our clients travel to us from all over Australia because of our personalised approach to understanding the unique story and personalities behind the portraits, which leads to stunning gallery style artwork.
There is ample free parking.
Join Our VIPS
Glow-Getters by The Melbourne Portrait Studio is our VIP group for all our favourite clients to keep you up to date with our latest projects, model calls, behind-the-scenes news and giveaways!
It’s a beautiful place where we focus on positivity and empowerment and to meet like minded people.
I would love you to join in on all the fun!
BEFORE & AFTER
I know what you’re thinking- “These women are gorgeous. They’re probably models who walk down the runway every other weekend. They aren’t just the average everyday-women that you see at your local supermarket.”
Well, you’re actually half right/half wrong. These women ARE completely gorgeous. That’s a fact!
BUT THESE ARE 100% EVERYDAY WOMEN. THESE ARE WIVES,
MOTHERS, GRANDMOTHERS AND SO MUCH MORE!
These strong women are your local mums, nurses, lawyers, doctors, teachers, etc; these are everyday women who decided to treat themselves to so much more than just a manicure or massage.
Jude is a warm, skilful professional who understands how to relax her subjects, to understand what is needed in a session or assignment and how to best capture the essence of those she photographs.
She is able to work with small, large and complex groups (and even animals), and (importantly) understands that to capture the best images, her subjects require her rapport and empathy.
When bringing our extended family for a session she was able to accommodate a range of diverse needs and help everyone be comfortable and have a positive experience. Not only that, but the photographs were perfect too.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Melbourne Portrait Studio and Jude’s services. Thanks for making our session a pleasure and a success.
Together Apart, Life in Lockdown
When COVID-19 hit Melbourne harder than a runaway tram, our lives changed – literally overnight. Together Apart gives a rare glimpse into life in lockdown, beautifully capturing the isolation, frustration, hope, humour and human need for togetherness that quickly became part of our daily lives.
What started as a conversation over the back fence to break the solitude of lockdown has grown into a friendship and a partnership between me and my next-door neighbour, travel writer and journalist Belinda Jackson.
Photographed, written and printed in Melbourne, Together Apart is our black-and-white coffee table book featuring 60 portraits of people in our neighbourhood.
To get a hold of your copy, visit our book’s website.
If you’re from the media, please get in touch for extracts, press releases or images. Belle and I are also available for interview and author talks.