I am a photographer from New Zealand, a little country in the antipodes/ southern hemisphere, the seed of interest in the arts was planted at an early age with poetry, then alongside my breasts and womanhood developed my passion for music and the language of visual art.

Lunchtimes were never spent talking of boys nor hem heights they were spent in the Art Room gashing knuckles with lino cutters, unwittingly colouring my uniform and reading of the masters, lost in paint and history.

My formative years of photography began in the darkroom photographing, reproducing and enhancing images by hand, a fine paint brush was my master weapon. Cutting my teeth in the times of 120, 220 and 35mm, I learnt from the “old boys” and they taught me well, these Kauri tress although fallen still walk with, influence and inform my work today.

I fixed other peoples mistakes, I watched others make mistakes, I made mistakes. I printed many, many weddings too many, many. I started to lose my passion for the thing that quickened my heart, it was dying and I was too wise to let it slip under.

For me photography is selfish, it is my passion, brings me elation, connects me with people, feeds me and I gluttonously take from it.

The moment between moments, the expression between expressions. This is where it hides.

I believe there is beauty and fascination everywhere and will drop everything if the light tells me to, generally working with conditions and not creating them, there is a challenge in working in the adverse and bringing those skills that the “old boys” so generously passed on, in this way they walk with me, my guides in passing on magic.





NELSON, 7010



"Ishna Jacobs was on hand to shoot these sometimes intimate, sometimes poignant but always beautiful images in a behind-the-scenes photo essay for Blacklog. As far as a behind-the-scenes portrait of a fashion show goes, we think this is more than A.O.K!


Black Magazine 


 "Ishna Jacobs was our photographer, she does some amazing work with her photography. We are so thrilled with the pics she took for us."

Nicki and Ian

- Your photographer has got to be one of the best. Beautiful pics Nicki

- Absolutely stunning photos! And you look gorgeous Nicki!

- I can see how happy you are in the photos too. I'm so glad you have met the man of your dreams. Your wedding day looked very special.


Hi Ishna, just a quick message to thank you for the photos.

You have a wonderful way of capturing feelings on camera. 

Much respect

And, really, lots of thanks.

- Denny Jude


"Ishna Jacobs is a real talent, and has the knack for capturing awesome live shots!"

- Bat Hawk


"Thanks for all the pics. 

By far the best live shots of any of my bands ever! Great work."

- The Deep Six



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