Portrait of Chris van der Kuyl in Dundee

Portrait of Chris van der Kuyl in Dundee

‘Mine field’

I was contacted recently by the lovely team at the Sunday Times, to head up to Dundee to shoot portraits of Minecraft tycoon Chris van der Kuyl. Chris is Chairman of 4J Studios, the developers of Minecraft Console Editions and one of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs.

4J studios has taken up house in the new Maritime Quarter around City Quay in Dundee just along the road from the new V&A. (for those of you who know Dundee…)

I have worked in a few locations where every monitor in the studio contains highly confidential information and 4J was no different. We needed to be announced each time we entered the studio so every monitor could be changed to display publicly available information only. I can assure you this is not something you want a room full of game makers to have to do more than twice over the course of a shoot

Once we had settled on locations we worked quickly to get the variation we needed with out enraging the unbelievably busy team.

Chris was a lovely guy very relaxed and happy to chat and as well as getting a great collection of shots I have once again overly impressed my Minecraft playing nephews and ultimately, that’s why I do what I do*.

*perhaps not entirely…

single strobe camera left.  ƒ2.8@200 iso100 Canon 5ds

single strobe camera left.
ƒ2.8@200 iso100
Canon 5ds

single strobe camera left.  ƒ2.8@200 iso100 Canon 5ds

single strobe camera left.
ƒ2.8@200 iso100
Canon 5ds

single strobe camera right as main second strobe for back right corner as fill ƒ2.0@200 iso100 Canon 5ds

single strobe camera right as main
second strobe for back right corner as fill
ƒ2.0@200 iso100
Canon 5ds


Whether working in studio or on location, in Scotland, across the UK or internationally, Jo generates editorial and corporate portraits of the highest quality. Her expertise and calm competence combined with her creative instinct make her one of the United Kingdom's most sought after photographers. From photographing national advertising campaigns to portraits for international publication, feature collections or multinational corporate photography Jo's carefully crafted work is tailored to the needs of each client.

Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide. Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.

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Editorial portrait of Chris Van der Kuyl for the Sunday Times.

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