It was the best day of my life. Like all of the best things, my wedding day sped by. A blur.
But looking back through the photos, I remember it as though it happened yesterday. How nervous I was standing at the top of the aisle. Her smile as she came towards me - the smile I never want to forget. The smell of the freshly cut grass on the spot we got married, the exact spot that I proposed on. Then later, the laughs and whoops ringing around the room as the sun set. The confetti in our hair. Our song on the dance floor.
I know your day means as much to you as mine did to me. That’s why you can trust me to tell your story, from beginning to end with all of the little details in the middle.
Pick me if you want memories of every detail of the day as it naturally unfolds...but you don’t want to see the photographer. I’m not offended, don’t worry.
In fact, that’s how I prefer it. By keeping out of your way, I get to see all the best parts. The parts that make the day yours. The parts that you miss. Because you’ll be focusing on other things, like not tripping over your dress and rehearsing your speech over and over again.
Some people call what I do documentary photography, and some people call it reportage photography. Both mean the same thing; natural photos that show your day through your guests’ eyes.
With the freedom to roam, I can help you remember your day from every angle. I’m there all day (well, most of it) so I can catch every tear, every smirk and every chuckle because I’ll be right in the middle of the action. Over the years I’ve developed an expert eye for detail and lightning-quick reactions. So I won’t ask you to pause on your way through the cloud of confetti, but I will make sure I get the photo of that moment. Because it isn’t a practice run - it’s the real thing, and you should enjoy it in real-time.
How I work
I try to remain as invisible as possible throughout your wedding day, your day is about you, the bride and groom, not about the photographer making a show and stopping the occasion to take photos. Obviously it's impossible to be invisible at all times but I always work in a very conscious, discrete and quiet way.
At the ceremony I do not use flash as it draws attention to me and away from you, the bride and groom. Instead I use the natural light in the room, trying to work with the light rather than against it.
During the reception I mix into the crowd with your guests allowing me shoot from the inside of the action rather than from the side lines with a long lens like a member of the paparazzi. This allows me to create images that are from the guests point of view, capturing moments that you may not have otherwise seen.
"They are fantastic. We really loved looking through and reliving out day"
-Hannah & Ben (December 2019)
"James photographed our wedding in August, and captured the day perfectly. We wanted documentary photography with minimal posing photos and this exactly what was achieved. We absolutely love our photos and looking through them all, brings back so many lovely memories of our special day.
James is vey professional - accommodating people’s requests for photos with no fuss. James happily took photos with such a positive attitude, and we are so glad we had him as our photographer."
-Becky & John (August 2019)
"James was fantastic! Despite a last minute disaster with the reception, meaning all our guests had to pile into my mums home, we had a fantastic wedding day. James managed to capture the love in the room. The photos really reflect how everybody made the most of the situation, which reminds me how lucky we are to have such fantastic friends and family.
James was dynamic and discreet whilst battling through all the people squashed in my mums house and really captured the atmosphere. Thanks James"
-Steff & Martin (July 2019)
"“James is an amazing photographer, his laid back approach and calm personality meant that I barley noticed that photos were being taken. I Love our photos they are amazing. The moments he captured are so natural and beautiful. I fully recommend him.”
-Sarah & Kevin (February 2019)