Kent Wedding Photographer | London Wedding Photographer | Destination Photographer
Hi I'm James and I've been photographing people for quite a while now, it all started when I decided a few years back that I wanted to see a bit more of the world and purchased a ticket to visit the countries around South East Asia. Touching down in Bangkok and flinging myself right into the middle of the energetic hustle and bustle I knew straight away that I couldn’t let what I was seeing in front of me just pass me by. The open fire cooking in the streets, food market traders jostling for business, exotic animals walking through the city streets, monks on their IPADs and Tuk Tuk drivers speeding down alleyways – the place was crazy but in a good way. My camera was swinging around my neck 24/7 for the year that I was out there as I captured every ounce of life that was racing before me. I didn’t want to stop people in the street and ask them for a picture (mainly because I couldn’t speak Thai, Cambodian or Vietnamese) so I just composed myself to the side and shot at the correct moment as the people went about their lives. The result was a fusion of eye opening, interesting, funny and at times weird collection of photographs. What I didn’t realise was that this would be my training to becoming a reportage wedding photographer – creatively capturing the excitement of life as it happens.
My reportage wedding style is all about photographing the day as it naturally unfolds, composing myself to capture the emotion of the bride, groom and guests as they smile, break into laughter, dance and every now and again cry tears of joy. I like to shoot the wedding day from the very beginning as the excitement builds as the bride gets ready with her bridesmaids, the epic ceremony moments, all the way through to the crazy dance moves at the end of the night. I get lots of feedback from everyone after that my photographs have captured the spirit of the day, with people looking relaxed and oblivious to the camera. As a fan of modern portraiture I love to get the bride and groom together during the late golden light for a relaxed and intimate shoot – I promote a calm and comfortable vibe and will simply just ask you both to come together and be yourself while I take some photos around you. I also believe that it is an important to appreciate the amount of detail and effort that is put into a wedding day by the bride and groom so I spend time creatively capturing the flowers, dress and suit details, venue and anything else that looks cool. With all of these techniques gelled together your final set of photographs will be a collection of the spontaneous, heart-warming highlights of your day as they naturally happen.
As well as photographing weddings, I also shoot fashion shows, studio headshots, the landscapes of the USA around 2 or 3 times a year and I also own an online art gallery called Kent Coast Gallery which includes all of my fine art photographic scenes from across the famous British coastline.
If you are planning on getting married at home in England or abroad id love to hear from you. Get in contact with me at email@example.com or fill out one of my contact forms. I look forward to hearing from you :)
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING WEDDINGS AND WHAT EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?
2019 will be my 7th year shooting as a wedding photographer with over 150x wedding shot.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes! I'm fully ensured for public liability and professional indemnity.
HOW DO WE RECEIVE OUR IMAGES?
On a beautiful, downloadable, fully backed up and shareable Pixieset album cloud link.
CAN YOU SHOW US A WEDDING IN ITS ENTIRETY FROM START TO FINISH?
Yes! The portfolios on this website are just a few of my favourite images from the day so if you would like to view a full days wedding portfolio just ask and i'll send over a digital album so you can view it on your desktop, tablet or mobile device.
WHEN WILL WE RECEIVE OUR IMAGES?
Approximately 14 x days after your wedding day.
YOU HAVE A NATURAL STYLE BUT WE ALSO WANT FORMAL GROUP PHOTO'S OF OUR FAMILY & FRIENDS ON THE DAY. IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Yes! All i require is a list of all the staged formal photos you require and we can work through these photos on the day. I usually allocate 30 minutes or so for these photos later in the afternoon at the reception venue.
DO WE GET HIGH RESOLUTION & COPYRIGHT FREE IMAGES OF OUR DAY?
Yes! All images I supply you with are in their highest resolution and you will also own the copyright (alongside with myself) of all the images I supply you with so no hidden extra costs at the end.
CAN YOU SUPPLY A PRINTED WEDDING ALBUM?
As an optional extra I can supply a beautiful A3 layflat wedding album printed on gallery quality 400gsm Fuji lustre paper. 50x sided hardback book is £350
WHAT CAMERA EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
The latest Sony A9 (x2) with a 35mm 1.4 lens and an 85mm 1.4 lens (one on each shoulder). The best wedding camera equipment on the market. I also hold 2x spare Sony A7iii’s + spare lenses.
WE ARE GETTING MARRIED ABROAD? DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Yes, I have recently shot weddings in Spain & Italy for UK based couples. I will quote you for a full days wedding coverage + flights, accommodation + car hire if required. For more info please visit my prices & packages tab in the menu.
"From the initial meeting we had absolute confidence in James and he didn't let us down. He captured our day beautifully and has brought our cherished memories to life with his photos. We were looking for a photographer that documented our day as naturally as possible and James delivered upon our expectations. Professional, calm, composed, on time, and dedicated from beginning to end. We have recommended James to our family and friends who are also getting married next year. Thank you so much". Sarah & Phil Hawkes
"When we were looking for photographers for our wedding in Ibiza we knew that we needed to hire somebody that we could rely on and trust, the last thing we wanted was any last minute cancellation. We chose James because we knew he loved to travel to far out places from all of his beautiful facebook photos he would post. After an initial meeting we came to a decision to book James and we couldn't have been more pleased with our decision. As well as receiving a stunning collection of photo's he was on time for our meetings and each of our different destinations on the day, got on really well with all of our family and friends and professionally went about his business on the day. After supplying him with a travel budget, he booked his own flights, car hire and accommodation which took the stress and worry out of our build up organisations. We would thoroughly recommend booking James if you are planning on having your wedding abroad". Natalie and Max Brackley.
"Thank you so much for the amazing photos you took of our wedding day. You have given us so many wonderful memories to look back on. We would highly recommend you to anyone who wants a photographer who has the ability to capture the day so perfectly. How amazingly talented you are. Thanks again" Jo and James Norman.
"James was absolutely fantastic, he was friendly, funny, on time and professional. He had so much to do on the day but nothing phased him at all. We received our pictures within a week of the wedding and we all thought they were stunning, there were so many pictures that he took that I didn't even realise were taken. Thank you so much for providing us with such beautiful memories". Nikki and Luke Evans.