With his infectiously upbeat manner, Jonathan brings out the best in his subjects. Camera-shy people find themselves suddenly photogenic, and everyone enjoys a laugh on his set.His love of people and cultures has lead Jonathan to live in 3 countries and visit 30 countries so far. He explores each destination through his lens, bringing the images and stories home to share. His work has earned numerous awards, including finalist in the 2010 PDN Photo Annual Photo Journalism category, and finalist in the 2010 Communication Arts Photo Annual.
A frequent public speaker, Jonathan exhibits his work at school, corporate and cultural events. His images also appeared in National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet online & print publications.
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Jonathan earned a Bachelor’s in Design from the Auckland University of Technology. His long creative career has included work as an illustrator, animator, and web designer as well as photographer.
– Winner, Arts & Music Category, National Geographic. 2011
– Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Photo Annual. 2010
– Finalist, PDN Photo Annual 2010 / Photo Journalism. 2010
– Finalist, Lonely Planet – 100 Million Guidebooks competition. 2010
– Finalist, Photographers Forum – Best of Photography 2010
– Winner, Prix du Public “Objectif Plateau”. 2009
– Winner, Montreal Photo Rally. 2009
– Finalist, Objectif Plateau. 2007
– Winner, Grand Jury Prize “Objectif Plateau”. 2006
The work from Jonathan’s exotic travels pull the viewer inward. His photographs create an engaging and meaningful narrative that invite you into another world. There’s something contagiously positive and pure about his work ethic – it shines through his process and the result.”
- Denis Coupal, Monument
“I was already impressed even before meeting him for the shoot. I said to myself: “He is such a delight on the phone just booking the appointment, imagine in person!”. The website is only a glimpse of what Jonathan can do. He is so talented yet humble and that is exactly what brought my inner beast out! Made it an all girl event and the experience was just a blast!!!! I am not even gonna make recommendations, as the pictures speaks for themselves!”
“I’m a photographer myself, and not very comfortable on the other side of the lens. But with his positive energy Jonathan was able release me from me ‘fear’ and I found myself ‘in the moment’, just ‘letting go’. That ability alone makes Jonathan a truly talented photographer.” -
- Nick & Andrea Simcheck
“Jonathan shot our wedding. After seeing his travel photography, my expectations were high. They were surpassed. A true professional who captured the day perfectly. He really made everyone feel at ease. Jonathan is a master at caputuring the more ‘natural side’ of photography. Not staged and contrived like every other wedding album we commonly see. A+”
- Mike Oliver
“Jonathan is a highly talented photographer and artist. He applies his creative vision, enthusiasm and humor to make people feel comfortable and bring out their personality. I love working with him.”
- Monica Buck
“Jonathan’s unconventional approach provided some fantastic photographs of my family. He has a unique way of breaking the ice, making the photo session relaxed and fun. His personable nature, sense of humor, willingness to experiment, and technical knowledge provided us with images that captured our family in a real and beautiful way. Cheers!”
- Andy Scarth
His clear artistic vision combined with his totally laid-back demeanor make Jonathan an absolute delight to pose before. I felt totally at ease in his presence: relaxed, sexy, and sensual; It was so easy to be ME with a photographer who has the rare combination of being highly skilled, and disarmingly gentle.
- Jacky Celemenki
“Jonathan’s groovy and vibrant personality creates an ambiance where even in the rainiest of days he can capture a ray of sunshine through the lens. A true professional, a master of his art, he’s a joy to work with!”
- Sarine Chitilian
“Whether its the sunshine in his personality, his artistic eye, or his talent for capturing just the right moment, Jonathan was and is the first photographer I have come across that is able to capture the true essence of person or a moment in time with just the click of his camera.”
- LaTasha Amisial
“Jonathan has a unique ability to capture the true and honest nature of his subjects, which is precisely what we required for our shoot. The added bonus, is that the Jonathan is as genuine and sincere as his work.”
- Nadyne Kasta – The Scouts
“Jonathan has an amazing ability to put even a random stranger at ease in front of the camera. The resulting images are always a natural, intimate portrayal that captures the subject inside and out. I used to be hesitant at having my photograph taken. That’s all changed after posing with Jonathan. “
- Tanya Sa
“What a nice experience our family had with Jonathan! He got original shots in such cool surroundings. They show really how we live and who we are. We’ll do portraits with you again for sure! “
- Carolyn Picard
“When taking good boudoir photos, regardless of the person’s size or shape, it is important that the subject feel comfortable in front of the photographer. Jonathan can definitely put a person at ease while taking natural and spontaneous shots. The end result is fabulous- I looked and felt great!”
“Working with Jonathan is an exceptional experience! He brings a level of enthusiasm and joy that gets everyone excited about the task at hand. His high level of professionalism and exception photos make my job easier on numerous levels. I would highly recommend him for jobs large and small.”
- Damian Nimeck, Tribal DDB.
“Thanks Jonathan for the incredible series of shots that you did for me. I’ve used two pics on my business card … lots of positive comments! I’ve also used a bunch of others on my Irongoddess blog – you’ve completely captured the essence of my online persona. I’m looking forward to my next photo shoot with you for my new acting headshots … it’s so easy-going and fun to work with you and I know the results will be impressive! “
- Bonnie Mak
“It was effortless working with Jonathan Clark and a pleasure being photographed under his talented eye. I felt his inspiration even while he put me at ease during the photo shoot.”
- Carrie Kaz
“I had the pleasure of working with Jonathan on his first official photography assignment, and you’d think he was a 10 year veteran already! The consumate professional, friendly and personable – a pleasure to work with. And of course, the photos were phenomenal. Truly capturing the soul of the hundreds of people we photographed, in a very short amount of time. Couldn’t ask for a better photographer!”
- Deanna Maceda, Tribal DDB
Jonathan, I must say I am impressed how you managed, with no preparation to spontaneously create such professional prints both portrait and landscape of our winery surrounds and people even though it was quite a dull cloudy day and you only had 30 minutes to spare, a fun stress free experience. Thanks again.
-Sir George V Fistonich KNZM, Founder & Managing Director, Villa Maria Estate Limited, New Zealand
“Thanks Jonathan, you did a fantastic job capturing our wedding.
We just wanted to pass on our gratitude. Your talents are not just with the camera, but also in the way you make everyone feel at ease, which results in beautiful natural photographs.”
- Margaux & Alan Shand.
“I couldn’t have asked for better wedding pics!!! Jonathan is great at capturing the mood in both posing shots and ‘candid’-type shots. He also has an amazing eye for incorporating creative art in the backgrounds. My family and friends were astounded by the originality of our wedding photos! Thanks Jonathan!”
- Sandy Root
Jonathan is my favorite photographer because: 1) He is insanely talented, he transforms everyday ordinary life experience into art with the touch of his camera 2) He makes me feel very comfortable during the photoshoot with his positive energy and jokes 3) He is just a great person to be around. All and all, I feel very lucky and honoured to have been photographed by Jonathan Clark.
- A.J. Kandy
“Jonathan Clark is the living spirt of New Zealand! He’s the Earth alive and is here to photographicly record the people and places on the wonderful Earth. I’m honoured to be among the subjects that he choses to photograph. He inspires me to present myself to Montreal and the world with my attaire and we have fun creating visual art together! He’s magic and just seems to appear when you least expect it or just when I’m thinking of him. Thank you for bringing out the best in me”
- Milford Kemp
“My experience working with Jonathan was nothing but Positive! He was very attentive to my needs and the vision I had for my final product. He was in great spirits each time we met, and executed the final shoot with a lovely balance of humor and professionalism. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Jonathan, and would recommend his services to anyone in need of quality work”.
-Nadine Jeffries, Dfly Design
“Jonathan was our wedding photographer in March 2006. I would highly recommend Jonathan as he has an amazing ability to bring the best out in people and capture just the perfect shot. He was fun to work with, highly professional, and has a unique charm. Jonathan captured our wedding and we have wonderful photographs to cherish forever.”
- Adrian & Laureen
“I’ve never felt so vulnerable infront of a camera yet so comfortable. Jonathan is able to bring out a side of you that is not seen by most, but when captured-is magnificent!”
“Jonathan Clark has an eye for that special moment that needs to be captured! His professional attittude coupled with a very entertaining sense of humour makes working with him a real pleasure!
I highly recomend him!”
- Lubo Alexandrov, Kabahoro
Jonathan, it was amazing to work with you! O.K. I was a bit shy at the beginning but finally it wasn’t so bad. Thank’s again for making me sexy on those photos!