Reviews & testimonials
Shavita Kotak | Wellness Coach
Jude is very professional. She helped me feel comfortable when taking photos for my business. I had a selection of brand photography done by Jude.
Her work has helped my business look professional and stand out. She took the time to listen to my needs and understand my business and was able to capture this in the photos taken.
I am extremely happy with her work and would definitely use her again in the future.
Trying to get a four-year-old girl and a six-month-old puppy to sit still is near impossible. Yet Jude retained her sense of humour, stayed nimble on her feet, and gave as much time needed to capture the bond between my mischievous daughter and her equally naughty Samoyed.
You can never repeat the past, and kids and dogs grow so quickly, so I am grateful when I look at Jude’s portraits of Yasmine and Pasha that we’ve preserved this time in their lives.
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 accomodate 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 MPS and Jude’s services. Thanks for making our session a pleasure and a success.
I cannot recommend ‘The Melbourne Portrait Studio’ enough. Judith is so lovely and welcoming! My mum and I felt comfortable and had so much fun getting our photos taken. A lovey food platter and a cinema viewing of all the images was so heart warming.
The hardest thing was choosing which photos we liked the best! Our portrait arrived today and I cannot hide my excitement that my mum and I now have a very special piece of artwork we can treasure forever!
If you’re thinking about getting portraits done do yourself a massive favour and go to the Melbourne portrait studio.
My portraits absolutely blew my expectations Judith makes you feel calm and relaxed as soon as you walk in and is very professional at was she does.
You will not find a better portrait photographer in Melbourne
Jude was an absolute pleasure to deal with when having portraits of our pug taken. The artwork we now have in the home is amazing! Thanks so much Jude. Would highly recommend.
Judith is passionate when it comes to understanding her clients, reading their life experiences and capturing the essence of people’s love, moments, family, pets and fun. I highly recommend The Melbourne Portrait Studio to bring your story to life.
Jude was so professional in both arranging the photoshoot and on the day of the shoot! She really got to know myself and my partner, tailoring the entire experience to us! The products of the photoshoot are absolutely stunning; Jude really knows how to capture a million words and emotions in one picture!
I can’t recommend Melbourne Portrait Studio more highly! If you want quality, this is the place!
Daniel & Eva
Arranged group family photo session for my fathers 80th birthday. Judith was fantastic right from the first point of contact. She took the time to get to know each family member to ensure the special bonds between us were captured. This extra touch made the sitting fun and easy and reflected in the quality, professional and life-like photographs produced.
Irreplaceable memories have been seized for eternity.
Thank you Jude, especially for going the extra mile.
I loved having my family photos with Judith. I found the venue to be really stylish and her work to be very creative. I was looking for something unique and Judith spent time getting to know me and my family to capture images that reflected our style. I really love my photos.
Casey 17yrs, modelling portraits.
‘What was your biggest fear before hiring me? Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?’ Unsure if I would feel comfortable having my photo taken but it was a relaxed environment & Jude helped me to feel comfortable.
‘What, specifically, was your favourite part of your Portrait Experience, and why?’ It was my first time having professional photos so I was pleased with the experience.
‘If you were to recommend us to your best friend, what would you say?’ That Jude is very welcoming & the studio was a relaxed, comfortable environment and I enjoyed the experience and am very happy with my photos.
Melanie Earl Transformation Coach
I was so nervous about getting my photos taken for my website. I normally can’t stand having my photo taken or looking at photos of myself.
As soon as I arrived at Jude’s studio, both Jude and Mimma (the lovely hair and makeup artist) put me right at ease. I felt like I’d known them forever!
The pampering made me feel like a princess. Then when it came time to be on camera, Jude helped me to pose in the most flattering and natural-looking positions.
Most importantly, I love the photos! My website is not ready yet but I’ve been using the photos for everything in the meantime!
I couldn’t recommend The Melbourne Portrait Studio enough!
Thank you so much!
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 though 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!
Jude is THE best photographer, hands down bar none!!
She is very professional, highly technically skilled and just really fantastic.
She knows her profession inside and out, she understands her clients and has super creative artist ideas. Her photos are exquisite and outstanding and she is a real entrepreneur.
I highly recommend her for any photos you want taken, don’t look further than Jude. She is the best!
We’ve been blessed to have come across Melbourne Portrait Studio and must I say that not only were the images to the quality of our liking but also our company culture along with individual personalities were well captured in the photos.
Love Judith! She is great and creates artwork like you cannot imagine
Judith was the photographer on location at a recent function I attended. She is a true professional, making sure she captured the most precious moments that I am sure that her clients would have been so grateful to be able to look back on one day.
Jude helped us with our newborn photos when our first child arrived, She was a pleasure to deal with, and her studio is a wonderful, bright space, She captured some great photos for us to treasure as our daughter grows up. Thanks Jude!! 🙂
Jude is a true professional and captures the real you through her stunning photography and artwork.
Prior to our session with Jude we were excited as we wanted to capture the closeness of our family at a special time in our lives.
Apart from the beautiful artwork which now takes pride of place in our living room, our favourite part of the portrait experience was on the day itself. In our busy lives of running a business, school and sporting commitments, it was great to spend an afternoon together.
Jude made the whole process a breeze and quickly made us all feel very comfortable. This helped naturally portray what we were looking for in the photos themselves.
The thing that impressed us the most in the whole process was the time and care taken by Jude to get to know more about our family and our special relationships. Taking time to really understand us was the reason why on the day we were all so comfortable and Judith could capture that through her photos.
I would recommend anyone to the Melbourne Portrait Studio to capture a memorable moment in their lives. The studio experience on the day was enjoyable, selecting our favourite photos was fun and the resulting artwork is amazing.
In addition to this, Jude clearly communicated with us all the way through – we were very pleased to take delivery of our artwork in a timely manner so we could show it off to family and friends.
We can’t thank Jude enough and will enjoy this keepsake for many years to come.
I had been toying with the idea of having a professionally taken head shot for some time. Having just uploaded my new website and voraciously kicking off a new business, I knew that my backyard selfie just would not cut it. And then I met Jude.
I wandered in on a Thursday morning wide eyed and thoroughly excited, with all of the trepidation associated with a new venture screaming ‘Jude, I’m just not that photogenic’!
She smiled warmly and attended to her lighting whilst I sat down to a thoughtfully poured glass lemon water with the gorgeous Mimma to have my makeup done.
And then it was time. Every skerrick of nervousness simply vanished, and I found myself feeling relaxed and at peace with my true self.
I think that comes through in Jude’s work; she has a way of bringing out her clients’ essence, until you are working that camera like a pro.
Jude took the time and went to the extra effort of creating a website banner for me, which highlights her artistic insights and abilities, and willingness to go the extra mile to satisfy her ‘beautiful clients.’
Do not look any further – Jude is all you need.
Joe Cicala | Business Coach
I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the overall experience, I am really pleased with the results, as are my family, friends and clients.
Jude’s skills, mannerisms and professionalism, enabled me to relax, enjoy and bring out and express what I wanted most in my business head shots and professional portrait.
If you’re looking to capture a professional, personal or families precious moment in time, I highly recommend Jude at The Melbourne Portrait Studio.
Very professional, amazing photos and wonderful service right through to the delivery of my beautiful prints.
Thanks again Jude!
Almost 9 years ago, when the owner Jude lived in Holland, we had Jude as our wedding photographer. My wife and I knew instantly that we should hire her for the job.
Jude has a can-do mentality, is persuasive, charming and convincing and can persuade everyone to take a good pose and create a marvelous photo. And… she is a magician!
To make a nice photo of me while I’m trying to laugh is almost impossible, to put it mildly. To let women and men understand each other is way easier than photographing me with a laugh on my face.
And Jude did it!
We are still in contact and still a fan of her work and in my opinion, her work is continuously improving from an already incredible high standard and. Furthermore, as a person, she keeps growing. To see the self-esteem and confidence she gives to anyone who poses for her, it is safe to say that she is better than a life coach.
Jude made us feel so at ease and the result speaks for itself: a selection of stunning and incredibly natural portraits that we will treasure forever.
We won a pet photoshoot with Jude at the Cat Lovers Show and didn’t know what to expect as we had never done anything like that before. The studio is beautiful, full of light, a superb space. Jude is very warm and engaging and instantly makes you feel at ease.
We had such a wonderful experience from our first pre-shoot contact, all the way through to picking up our final piece.
Jude is an amazing artist who captured such beautiful pictures and worked with us to create a final piece that we truly love.
We would not hesitate to return to Jude in the future.
Judith is amazing at her craft. I did a photo shoot for my website earlier this year and am over the moon with the photos. We achieved exactly the look I had hoped for. Also, the whole experience was very enjoyable, she made me feel relaxed and I loved the make up too.
Thank you so much Jude. You are such a talented photographer. I highly recommend The Melbourne Portrait Studio. I am typically shy in front of the camera although, within the first 15 minutes I felt comfortable and confidant. Thank you, thank you I now have memories that will last a lifetime and beyond.
Jude has provided our family of three a gift of capturing us in a happy place and time. One we will always look at and treasure. Thank you Jude. You are an amazing person and artist.
I had such a lovely experience with Judith and I have some awesome head shots for the business. Judith makes you feel at ease and comfortable while taking the shots. Plus it’s such an easy process to review and select your end product. I can’t highly recommend Judith enough. She is wonderful to work with. Thank you
LOVE NOTES ABOUT MY BOOK
Looking outside back at Melbourne, we felt your pain.
The characters you introduce us to, hearing from people from different walks of life, what a brilliant insight into the struggle of ordinary people.
A wonderful documentation of an intriguing period in our history that will be looked at fondly for many years to come.
This book is a sensational depiction of life as it was experienced by people all across Melbourne, with all its joys and sorrows. Buy it for your friends, your family and for yourself.
Honest, touching, heart-warming…
Together Apart is a beautiful snapshot of how people reacted in those crazy times last year when the world changed forever.
It is a privilege and joy that Jude and Belinda captured my memories, my story, and my beautiful boys to be part of this amazing collection.
All of the images and stories though will remind you of your own journey in 2020, in different ways.
Life will go back to normal – a new improved normal. This book is a glorious reminder of why.
Together Apart is an extraordinary book put together by Judith and Belinda in an extraordinary time in our lives when Covid -19 shocked our reality.
It was privileged to be featured in this book. It’s a collection of stories of individuals dealing with this strange time, both physically and mentally.
The beautiful black and white photography captures these stories in a coffee table book. The stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.
Well done and thank you for this gift of capturing this time in history.
Your book is such a great achievement, well done Belinda & Jude.
The beauty of the images and what they represent create an important visual record of these times.
Definitely a book for the time! Congratulations to you and all your Victorian friends – for the book and for surviving this long, strange chapter.
We are awed.
So poignant and inspiring.
Congratulations to you, Jude and Belle.
Your book tells of amazing tales
of the journeys we have been through and how life changed for a moment or forever.
It’s beautiful to have captured
so many of Altona’s amazing characters. You should be so proud. So many special people in here 😍.
Thanks for the memories.
Together Apart is a wonderful collection of stories of people surviving the pandemic as well as two neighbours becoming close as friends and business partners in order to create and document a book that will grow in value over time.
Well done Jude and Belle on capturing the essence of the last two challenging years on so many levels!
I can’t help feeling what an important historic record you’ve created, which becomes even more important as time rolls on through this never-ending COVID clusterf**k.
Love the book of the book and love your enthusiasm.
I have watched your book come to life through social media. I have found the stories and images very moving, and a wonderful reflection of the different challenges everyone was facing, while also showing the strength of a community.
Congrats again! I can vouch for this book. An incredible time capsule of this time, including stories from Altona friends and neighbours.
Jude and Belle’s “Life in Lockdown” project was fantastic and having her and Belinda document my daughter and my time in isolation was very special for us.
Jude’s photos are spectacular and tell each story perfectly.
Having this beautiful book portraying so many amazing stories during this crazy time will be treasured for a long time.
I found reading the introduction cathartic because it framed a lost year for me and helped me put some markers in my mind.
I will treasure it for that reason because otherwise, the year feels like a gaping hole.