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On since 2021

Last update: June 2024

James Arnia is award-winning photographer based in Nottingham, England,

He captures weddings throughout Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, and South Yorkshire.

James first got started in wedding photography in 2008 when a friend asked him to document their nuptials. Since then, he has been hooked, and is excited to be part of your momentous occasion.

James takes an unobtrusive approach to wedding photography. He strives to be the subtle documentarian who creates beautiful pictures of all the candid moments at your celebration. Using his unique perspective, he will preserve all the fleeting instances, like kisses exchanged at the first look or secrets whispered on the dance floor. James will establish the emotional connections between you, your partner, and your guests, and bring all these loving relationships to life.


As people don’t tend to hire photographers every day I’ve tried to make it straight forward so you know that for one price your photography is covered.

All Wedding Photography Coverage Includes:

  • An A4 Photo Album with up to 100 Photos Me…and only me….covering your wedding adventurePremium bespoke documentary photography anywhere in the country (there is no additional charge for travel or accommodation)
  • A usb of fully edited and post-processed hi-resolution photographs of the day for you to print and share
  • A private online gallery to view and share your photographs
  • Pre-wedding chat or Skype meeting to talk through your wedding day plans
  • Custom coverage to suit your day and timetable

Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Pre wedding
Post wedding
High resolution photos

What does the wedding package include?

Bespoke documentary photography A usb of fully edited and post-processed hi-resolution photographs of the day for you to print and share A private online gallery to view and share your photographs

How far in advance should I contact you?

Anytime. I can work with just a couple of days notice

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?


Can you travel?

Yes, east Midlands West Midlands South Yorkshire Northamptonshire Lincolnshire Shropshire

What is the charge for travelling?

Included in final price

What style of photos do you take?

Photo journalism

What kind of technology do you use?


Do you use a specific technique or innovative approach?

My skill is using the camera to tell the story with all the funny quirky moments that add personality but are typically missed. I'm candid, unobtrusive using small cameras to create magic

What kind of equipment do you use?

Small, unobtrusive digital cameras with small lenses....and comfortable shoes

Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?

Yes, zenfolio plus own website

What's the delivery time for a photographic report?

1 month

Do you send all the photos taken?


Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?


In case of unforeseen circumstances, do you have a replacement photographer?


Do you have the rights to publish the wedding photos?


Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?


How do you charge extra time?

The hourly rate of the original agreed price is then charged per additional hour

What are the forms of payment?

Bank Transfer or Paypal

How do you work?

I use two cameras to tell your wedding story with all the funny quirky moments that add personality but are typically missed. I am the subtle reporter capturing candid unposed moments of your day

Served in

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire

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Reviews for James Arnia Photography

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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
5.0 out of 5 rating
39 reviews
99% recommend it
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  • Response time
    4.9 out of 5 rating
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value for money
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
Alex B. Sent on 21/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent candid magic

James was an incredible, almost invisible, presence on our wedding day. His pictures speak for themselves, but his actions and behaviours are what make him an excellent all-rounder.
A lovely guy, easy to communicate with, a good listener and responds quickly. On the day itself he was a photography ninja! Unobtrusive and polite but with a definite eye for *moments*. Only when we got the proof pictures through, did we realise how many times he must’ve been around the venue, the guests and captured the little moments we were probably too busy to see for ourselves. The pictures are a lovely range of black and white and colour with a few tweaks here and there to ramp up the magic in places. I’m sure it took a lot of talent to make it all look so effortless! I’d be so happy to work with him again and to find out where he got his incredible shoes from!
John E. Sent on 01/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

James was hired to take pictures of a day full of surprises. He is so friendly, amenable, calm and unintrusive that a couple of our guests asked if we had a photographer. And yet he captured every poignant moment and, many, many more, superbly. It was a a day that demanded a lot from his services and he delivered in buckets. The final resulting pictures are everything we wanted and more.

Firstly I gathered our close family at a ruse restaurant venue to celebrate my birthday. Then I marched them across the road to the register office where my beautiful bride was waiting unbeknownst to any of them.

Ceremony completed and secrecy secured we all went onto the final venue where a further 120+ had gathered waiting to spring a surprise only to be surprised by our arrival as a married couple.

I read a review that was disgruntled about his footwear. James is a snap little dresser and wore multicoloured shoes, but a clown he DEFINITELY is not!!

Thank you James - you have captured our day and all of its wonderful memories.
Olivia Sent on 23/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We were so happy to have James as our photographer!

James had been amazing from start to finish, the photos came out amazing and we received the gallery pretty quickly after the wedding day. James managed to get all the photos we wanted posed and a lot of photos in the moment as well! Thank you so much 😊
Emma W. Sent on 03/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Stealth Like With Fab Shoes!!!

Looking at our photographs was just like being back in that moment! Our special day was captured perfectly without obtruding, in fact quite stealth like, we didn’t even notice him there clicking away! Very obliging with our requests for certain photographs. We are very happy & will definitely recommend!
Thank you for being part of our special day!!!
Kate H. Sent on 30/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating


James was the ultimate professional from the first phone call to the final product delivery!

The photos of our day were perfect and I really felt James understood our remit and got our vibe! He’s captured our day perfectly and is a lovely guy to boot! And we even shared our love for favourite band with him.
Jade L. Sent on 04/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing great guy does a great job

James was perfect for our wedding, even though we had a rainy and very wet day James still managed to get the guests out in the rare spots of sunshine. he was very professional, extremely good value for money. i forgot he was there half of the time, but managed to capture all moments. it was a pleasure thank you so much for creating perfect snaps of our perfect day
Catherine Sent on 25/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best photographer

Can’t recommend James Arnia Photography enough. He really managed to capture the feel of the day without anything feeling posed or forced even with the specific photos we requested. Half the time I forgot we were being photographed at all which made everything much more relaxed. It means we have some amazing photos we will treasure for the rest of our lives. On top of that our photographer was just a lovely person which I think is really important for someone who is going to be a part of such an emotional and personal day.
Wendy H. Sent on 05/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Relaxed and enjoyable experience

Professional and a good laugh, put us at ease for our special day and produced some lovely photos.
Elizabeth C. Sent on 17/12/2022
3.4 out of 5 rating

Wedding photos

We loved most of the photos but he did take ages to get back to us when answering our questions
His foot attire wasn't very appropriate
Phoebe K. Sent on 14/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The best!!

James was very responsive and involved prior to our wedding.
He made everyone laugh and smile throughout the day.
We absolutely love how our photos turned out!!
Would definitely recommend.
Lauren-Mae C. Sent on 07/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Relaxed and Friendly Photography

James was a perfect fit for our day. Everything was relaxed and all our essential photos were captured beautifully. We also received lovely shots of our family and friends in between the big moments.
Natalie J. Sent on 05/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating


Highly professional, great value for money. He was professional and friendly and captured every single moment of our day. Would easily recommend to anyone looking for an affordable amazing photographer.
Emily J. Sent on 03/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Professional & Relaxed with incredible results !

Everyone at our wedding was so comfortable being photographed, probably because nobody noticed that we were. James was very professional, relaxed and easy to approach with specific photo requests. We honestly could not be happier with the photograph's. Can't recommend highly enough !!
Louise W. Sent on 15/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Friendly,professional and amazing photographer

Wow what can I say. A lovely guy who did the photos for my wedding. He took photos of all the groups I'd asked for and got some great pics of my little 2 Yr old boy who was trying to steal my limelight lol. I'd def recommend him to any1 that's wants a great photographer and some1 who's very down to earth
Andy B. Sent on 07/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Photographer

James was amazing, did exactly as we wanted. Lovely stress free day and captured everyone being natural. Highly recommended.
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