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Hello, I'm James, a very warm welcome to James Thomas Photography.
A massive congratulations on your engagement, you really are on an amazing adventure.
How Do You Find the Best Weeding Photographer for You?
You have probably noticed there are a lot of wedding photographers all trying to catch your attention, so how do you pick the right one for you?
I’d say the two most important things to consider and these are by no means the only things but one is photographic style and the other is will you get along with the photographer?
My Hitched gallery and website contain only real wedding photographs, there are no models, portfolio building day photographs or stock photographs so you can be sure that what you see is a true representation of the level of quality you will receive. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unqualified, uninsured and inexperienced photographers marketing themselves as professional photographers, often using portfolio builder courses and photographing models for their portfolios.
Piece of Mind
I am a qualified and certified member of the master photographers association which means my work has been judged and is continually judged by some of the best photographers in the UK. I am fully insured, use only professional-grade equipment with backups in place to ensure I can provide you with a first-class service.
Planning your wedding is truly one of the most exciting journeys and something I love helping my couples with. I pride myself on operating a boutique-style business which means from the moment you first contact me I am right with you every step of the way through to delivery of your photographs. I am there to offer help and advice whenever it's needed. My wife Lucy and I often find ourselves offering advice and helping couples with all aspects of their wedding, we are both always happy to help wherever we can.
Going the Extra Mile
I include a complimentary engagement shoot with my full day collection, these are a great practice run and opportunity to feel confident in front of the camera. I will take the time to explain how to get the best out of your wedding photography by offering direction and small tweaks to help you look your best. Sometimes just a few simple adjustments such as where you place your hands can make the world of difference to the finished photograph.
Your Day, Your Way
I meet couples with all different ideas of what they want, some want more emphasis on capturing naturally occurring moments whereas others prefer lots of directed photographs, many like a mix. If you book me we will discuss all the options in detail to ensure you get your wedding photographed your way. The key to photographing a wedding well is planning which is why I go to great lengths to understand my couples and what they want out of their images. The planning even covers working out the exact time the sun will set on your day to ensure we have the best chance of getting you all your dream photographs.
Wedding Photography that’s a Little Different
Many couples book me for my creative wedding photography, if you are after some really special images, I can provide you with ideas or we can discuss ideas you have and come up with something really special. If this means staying on into the evening to get you all the images you wish for then that is absolutely fine. As an example, just the other week I had a request to create a winter-themed image for a bride who loved Disney, to do this I had to make it snow for her. I love a challenge so hit me with your ideas and I’ll do everything I can to get you your dream images.
If this all sounds good, I’d love to hear all about your wedding. I’ll put the kettle on, and we can start planning your perfect wedding images.
Please get in touch to see if I have your day available and book your absolutely no-obligation consultation.
All my best,
A wedding photographer is the one person that you are going to spend a massive chunk of one of the most important days of your life with. It’s one of the biggest decisions to make and not something you want to get wrong.
James photographed our wedding 03/11/19.
We invited him to our house to meet him and he brought along some albums for us to preview his work and show us what he was capable of. He was very friendly, polite, and answered any questions that we had, even the silly ones!! He really knows his stuff, we were impressed. As soon as the front door closed behind him and he set off home, we messaged him saying that we wanted to go ahead and book him!!
He kept in contact with us all through the run up to the big day, and became more of a friend giving us hints and tips on how we can make the most of the service he was providing. On the big day he turned up on time (early, infact) with his assistant who was just as lovely as James.
He made 2 people that are usually very awkward infront of the camera feel so comfortable and it just felt natural. We have received our pictures and we love EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. It’s going to be so hard to pick our favourites for the album that we have ordered through him as we love them all. We have loved looking through them because most of the time we didn’t even realise he was there, sharing that special moment with us, taking some unbelievable pictures.
Everyone has commented on how our pictures are not like anything they have seen before, they are very unique, creative and they show our personality perfectly. Which is one of the reasons we went for James as he was up for trying anything and everything, whilst guiding us to get the best outcome.
Thank you James for everything you have done. We will see you again when we next need any kind of photo shoot, and will 100% recommend you to everyone we know. They’d be crazy not to have you.
James photographed our wedding and we are delighted with the outcome. Very friendly guy, good comms in booking process, gave us some good hints and tips in the engagement shoot which helped us on the day be more relaxed. Fantastic photographs from the day – there are photographs from every angle of the ceremony – but we never even noticed him at the time showing his quality in quietly going about his work and not distracting from the occasion. James had some great ideas as well for some more fun shoots and are so grateful for his work.
Prices start from £699.
Discounts for out of season and midweek weddings.
My services include a full consultation, all the help and advice you need with planning the time line etc...
Full day of photography
Images individually processed by me, i don't outsource any part of this process.
You can see more details of the whole process here:
My full day collection includes bridal prep right through to after the first dance, all digital images files supplied for you to print and share as much as you like.
I supply the images in both colour, and black and white. High resolution and a lower resolution for sharing online.
I do offer the option of adding an album, prints, canvas print as well as various other print types.
As soon as possible to make sure you get the date you need. You can book right up till a week before your wedding but sooner you book the more likely I will have the day you want available.
Dates go fast so to avoid disappointment, don't delay.
No, I would never do this. When you book me you will have my undivided attention all day
Yes, I am happy to travel
I provide modern and stylish wedding photography with a creative and artistic edge. I will document your day as it unfolds, catching all those moments, some of which you won’t have seen happen yourselves. In addition I will help direct you for certain images to help you look your best, I don’t go heavy on posing unless it is requested but I will offer advice and guidance on how to stand, posture, hand placement etc to ensure you absolutely love your images.
I use Canon and Sony full frame DSLR's, Professional grade lenses with various other accessories and light modifiers. A selection of strobes and LED lighting to cater for any situation. I will bring an arsenal of lighting gels, snoots, diffuses etc...
I use a combination of stylised documentary photography with some direction where appropriate, I will have discussed exactly what style you want well ahead of the wedding day to ensure I tailor my the photography for you. Often I may just ask you to turn your head or move slightly just to get the best light and help you look amazing, my aim is to not get in the way and be as unobtrusive as possible while still delivering the images you will love.
I provide an online viewing gallery that can be shared with family and friend
Approximately 3 weeks after the wedding
I will often take several photos of some of the parts of the day to ensure I don't get anyone blinking etc... The photos would then go through a selection process to pick the best one before being processed. You will receive all processed images. There is no limit to how many images I will process.
I work alone but will sometimes have an assistant.
I have a network of photographers, in the unlikely event I was unable to photograph your wedding I would do everything humanly possible to source a replacement. I am fairly hardy and haven't ever missed a wedding yet.
I charge a fixed price per event, no extras costs, completely transparent pricing.
My full day package covers from bridal prep to just after the first dance. Normally people have had enough of the the camera by this time but if I am requested to stay on a little longer that is absolutely fine, I wont charge extra for this.
Bank Transfer, PayPal or Cheque payments are all fine.
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15 Manors Way, Silver End, Witham, Essex, Essex, CM8 3QR
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