The Dowse Art Museum

New Zealand Portrait Gallery

Peacock Bindery

Arts Access Aotearoa

Tommy’s Magazine

Nook Home Studios

Iyengar Yoga Wellington

Just Teasing Hairdressing

Bartley + Company Art

Wellington Wedding Show


Simply Food

The Campbell Institute

John Calvert Design

The Wellington Company

Online Communications


Master of Fine Arts,
COCA, Massey University, Wellington,
2016 -2017

Peter Turner Documentary Photography Scholarship 2016,
Massey University of Wellington

Bachelor of Design, Majoring in Photography, 
Victoria University of Wellington, 
1994 - 1997

DAC Scholarship Photography 1995,
Victoria University of Wellington


2018: P A S S A G E, Group Exhibition, Karori Rd Studios,
Marsden Village, Karori, Wellington, 24th–25th November 2018

2018: Residue, Group Exhibition, Green St Projects,
2 Green St, Newtown, Wellington, 15th–20th October 2018

2018: Land as Collector, Thistle Hall Lightbox – September 2018

2017: Exposure 2017, College of Creative Arts,
Massey University of Wellington, 4–18 November, 2017

2016: Early Symptoms, The Engine Room,
MFA year 1 Students, 10–13 May 2016,
COCA, Massey University, Wellington

2015: Alphabetica, Jess O'Brien + Mindy Dalziel,
August, In Good Company, Cuba St, Wellington

1998: Wellington Fotofest 1998, July 31–August 9,
Group Exhibition, St James Theatre, Wellington

1997: Graduating Bachelor of Design, Photography Exhibition,
VUW Students, November 1997,
New Moon Gallery, Capital on the Key, Wellington

Jess O'Brien

Born and bred in Wellington, I followed a passion for travelling and photography that took me overseas at 18. 

On my return to NZ, I studied photography and design, which has set me on the current creative career path that I have been fortunate to follow.

I have been lucky to work with some great Wellington people in the creative industry including designers, stylists, architects, small business owners, realtors, and museum professionals.

I mostly work commercially in the field of illustrative and editorial work, but welcome enquiries from other areas.