Jen Thomas Photography

Jen Thomas, Colchester

Jen Thomas Photography


Why did you decide to start your business?  

“My son was diagnosed with autism in 2012, and I attended the Maze group parenting workshops where I met many other parents with additional needs children.


I have always enjoyed amateur photography and often took pictures of friends’ children.  Many of these friends suggested I sell my photographs professionally. There was little room in my life to consider a career as a photographer due to my son’s challenges, but since he has learned to manage them better, I have been able to take a small step back and reassess my life goals. Photography is what comes naturally and with the support of friends I made the decision to set up Jen Thomas Photography.”


Colchester Photographer Additional Needs


Tell us about your business

“Many people with additional needs find the camera daunting and uncomfortable. With my combined experience as a photographer and as a mother of a son with special needs, I feel better equipped to provide unobtrusive photography by observing children from a distance at play. This way they are less aware of me and the camera and I can achieve natural images depicting their character. I am the official photographer for The Maze Group (support group for carers of additional needs children).


“My wider portfolio also includes maternity and baby packages, head shot portraiture for business and the acting profession, while I have recently been asked to compile a modelling portfolio for a child and taken a commission for a prom shoot. Plus, following a recent trip to Kenya, a travel agency requested use of my images for promotion!”



The IM4S course so far

“The course has been not only invaluable for learning the fundamentals of how to set up a business, but the coaches who have come in to talk to us each time have been inspiring and motivational. Setting up a business is a daunting prospect, but the mentors are there to boost morale and answer questions, which gives me the confidence to believe in Jen Thomas Photography.”

Facebook: @Jen Thomas Photography

Tel: 07498 079 051