London & Hampshire Creative Director, Photographer, Marketing Consultant, Art Director & Video Producer

Over the last 20 years I have produced work for three of the UK’s largest retailers, punk and new-wave fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, online brands including, high street favourites Superdrug, and many more besides. I have been commissioned as a photographer & video producer for Advertising, Editorial, Fashion, Beauty, eCommerce, Commercial and Brand projects within the UK and across Europe.

Jacques Gilham has been fascinated by storytelling from an early age…

Jacques first started illustrating as a young boy and progressed to studying design before he pursued a degree in photography which has since become his professional career. As a successful fashion and advertising photographer, Jacques has independently produced work for clients including Vivienne Westwood, Asda, L’Oreal,, Superdrug, Channel 4, Granada, Universal Music, Island Records, First Choice Holidays, AXA and Phoenix Futures.

When photography evolved out of the darkroom and into the digital age, Jacques’ interest was piqued by the new opportunities presented by film, video and animation which, alongside the increased proliferation of consumer on-demand channels, enable even greater storytelling. To benefit from the investment being made in new visual media by large brands, Jacques moved in-house to head up studio photography and video operations for Sainsbury’s and Tesco. This experience provided valuable exposure to the latest image-production equipment and technology, and enabled Jacques to build a network of high-level production contacts.

Everything Jacques produces has a focus on storytelling. He illustrates all his own storyboards and creates video animatics to guarantee the story can be fully-visualised before it is committed to full production. Scroll down to find out more about clients’ experiences working with Jacques.

Photographic Production

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Storytelling is the oldest and yet still the most effective way of communicating a message...

Everyone has their story and every brand or campaign needs its own compelling story too. How well that story is communicated and received determines its resonance and recall. In our transmedia age of constant messaging being transmitted via TV, film, radio, print and digital, only the original, visual or emotional stories captivate us enough to gain our precious time and attention.

" I really enjoy working with Jacques and his team..

They help create stories for brands from a blank paper and always deliver to the brief.  I have worked with them to create stills and films for brands and love Jacques approach to the creative process.  His storyboarding skills make the process so much easier as everyone is clear from the outset what needs to be achieved on the day.”

– Kay Glover – Board Director – Popcorn PR –

Full Service Production

Full end to end video production including concept development, treatment, script and messaging.

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“Jacques is passionate about getting things done beautifully and to brief..

His inquisitive nature and eye for the right aesthetic was a perfect fit for the project. Our film was briefed, researched and produced in a limited time frame, but this never fazed him. The client is overjoyed with the resulting films, which have become a new benchmark for their brand.”

– Ciara Rollings – Account Manager – The Team –

Art direction for Stills and Video

Creative Direction and Art Direction - Story Telling for Brands, Products and Services.

" From the outset,..

 Jacques’ apparent genuine interest in social history, his passion for telling a good story and his desire to create something ‘timeless’ meant that for us, he was the right man for the job..

Jacques’ task wasn’t an enviable one… to shift through a vast archive of musty heritage ephemera, identify the interesting objects to effectively tell the NS&I story and then construct a visually engaging journey in limited time, that could all be captured on film.

Constantly inventive in his approaches to art direction, devising fresh ways to arrange and present material and always ready to adapt and rethink the options, Jacques turned boxes of archive materials into a mini heritage landscape. For a brief few days in a nondescript studio space, Jacques created something that made heritage come alive – taking us on a visual odyssey though 160 years of history.”

– Ryan Miller – Senior – Designer – The Team –

" Jacques team understand completely the balance between creating brand assets that tick the commercial box are are engaging for the customer...

Their creative approach and highly skilled team ensure each shoot is as productive as possible and Jacques energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail makes him a joy to work with.”

– Kay Glover – Board Director – Popcorn PR –

Stills Photography and Stills Production

From household names to start up brands the approach is the same. Bring energy, bring enthusiasm and bring originality..

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“I always enjoy shooting with Jacques and recommend him highly..

He is a rare gem in the creative world.

I have worked with jacques on many different projects for the past 10 years. He has a great passion for creative work and has a very sensitive touch with each individual subject which comes across amazingly in his portraiture photography and interiors work, yet he is fully established and talented in all areas of photography and film.”

– saffron hunt – creative director & visual consultant – co-founder of –

"Having worked with Jacques on a number of projects over the years, I can say with honesty that he is always my go-to photographer..

..for high-pressure projects that need extra care and attention.

A master at making everyone on set have fun and feel totally at ease – he always gets the best out of everyone (even frantic art directors and inexperienced models). He’s also wonderful at bringing a vision to life and his suggestions always help add a bit of extra flare. The end result is a great work, a happy team and a super satisfied client. Jacques is great fun and very professional and I’m always trying to find ways for us to work together again!

-Kelly Ann – Art Director – Kreatism-