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.

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 

Collage of the month August 2016

Ok so I have been involved lots in 360 degree photography of late and lots of weddings, but this week sees me shooting two voucher shoots for families, one in the studio and a little outdoor the other at Knole Park in Sevenoaks.

It's nice to shoot outdoors as people feel more relaxed right away.

So the collage this month is from these two shoots, overall there were more than 500 shots in the galleries so these are just a very very small selection of the images, if you would like to see the whole gallery then please email me.

Voucher shoots start from £65 but the most popular is £225 for everything including some prints and lots of digital files.

Portrait shoot in Knole Park Sevenoaks with Marc Sylvan Composer

What a nice day for it....

I had a great informal and relaxed shoot with Music composer Marc Sylvan this morning in Knole Park Sevenoaks, Marc is known for creating music for TV for such shows as the Million pound drop, pointless and fifteen to one as well as many others.

As some of you reading may know I am a guitarist in a band as well as a photographer and so I could not help but be enthuisastic about this shoot. 

Marc was very graceful listening to my rants and raves about music but overall he enjoyed the shoot and relaxed into it and enjoyed the experience.

Buxted Park Weddings

I shot a wonderful wedding at Buxted Park Hotel a couple of weeks ago, as per the 'normal' June weather this year it rained on and off most of the day, so there we were dodging the rain trying to carry on as best we could.

These images are a selection of some of the moments I captured and because I didn't stress about the rain, neither did the clients, the result speaks for it's self.

#Buxted Park #Wedding #Bride