Here I will post some updates about what I am up to along with some photos and general information about the life of a photographer.

Sevenoaks Family Portrait Knole Park

Here are a few shots from what was a pre wedding photo shoot, that turned into a nice family photo shoot in Knole Park grounds Sevenoaks, The deer were rutting, the air was fresh, and the colours were beautiful.

If you are looking for an idea Christmas gift idea nothing lasts like a family photo shoot, a fun enjoyable experience with everlasting images to remember the day.

#Christmas gift idea 

#Family photo shoot Sevenoaks 

Kent Portrait Photography

Just 8 shots from the 99 image gallery provided to this client for what was a portrait shoot for social media and website images.

I can't help myself, I am also probably the worst businessman there is, above are 8 images from a gallery produced for this client of 99 images, this was a website and social media shoot that became a little more, I really can't help myself sometimes and if I am there doing the head shots, why not do a few more different styles?

Anyway, in business these days it pays to present a human image rather than the bog standard head & shoulders in a suit, in fact presenting yourself and a true interpretation of who you are and what your personality is the way forward, lets face it why trust someone just because they have a suit and sit in an office, many of the directors and CEO's I shoot are dressed very casual expressing that human side and it's not just because of the position in the company, so perhaps casual is the new power dressing.

This shoot cost the client a total (no VAT to add) of £225 and she gets two sets of images, one set of high resolution files that can be printed as canvas or blown up to poster size and another all web ready, all edited one by one.

If you are looking for that special portrait especially with Christmas coming, then why not give me a call to discuss your needs. 

Commercial and Event photographer #London #Kent

Event photographers Kent

As a full time photographer people who are interested ask me time and time again how I manage to survive in this very competitive business, after all most people have a camera on their phone, their tablet, even own their own DSLR.

Well, it's not just about knowing how to shoot, it's also being able to communicate with your clients and subjects, how to know when to step forward and defiantly knowing when to step back, it's about pointing out what could be done then letting the client make up their minds.

In addition it's about knowing how to edit the images you do get, sometimes it's impossible, due to the subject or time constraints or the sheer spontaneity of the shot, to be able to set the camera up to get the very best in camera image, so you need to be able to get the best you can and quickly, I'm not talking about shooting RAW instead of JPEG because even in RAW it the settings are all over the place you will have a highly detailed RAW of a terrible shot, so it's knowing how to lie to the camera to make the shot happen, perhaps a little underexposed, perhaps not quite the crop you may want but all this can be dealt with in post.

You have to shoot 'everything' nothing is below you, this includes website images, products, weddings and portraits, I have even shot cardboard boxes and envelopes (white on a white background) keep busy and practice your passion, the more you do the more you understand what different clients are looking for.

I have shot at many prestigious locations and had to instruct many high profile clients such as Joanna Lumley, Professor Brian Cox, Pierluigi Collina and many more.

I was the photographer in the BBC series ' the secret history of my family' and again had to keep everyone happy including all the families that were featured in the documentaries, but the director, film crew and so on.

If you are looking to capture an event or celebrity guest don't just consider using a photographer to get the images, consider using a photographer who will help you get the best results and who can be a great representative of your business or project.

Matt James