James Robertshaw Photography

Natural, sensitive wedding photography which takes you right back to the moment. I don't direct or interfere which means you're free to celebrate and enjoy your day your way.

Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Online Proofing
Photo Printing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Stay Through Speeches
Images on DVD
Stay Through Dancing
Large Group Shots
Online Shop
Thank You Cards / Photo Stationery
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Images on USB
Full Description


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Rebecca Webb
Married in October 2018
November 2018
From the first time we met james, we really liked his natural and relaxed style.
We hired James to be our photographer for our wedding on the 5th October. Before the day we met once and spoke on the phone to finalise details and arrange what exactly we wanted. From the first time we met james, we really liked his natural and relaxed style. This was very important to us working with people that we just genuinely get on with. On the day James arrived early and came straight to see us, throughout the day he took some fabulous shots and captured so many special moments for us. Then only 6 days later our photos arrived for us to view both in colour and black & white. Most of my friends hadn’t received their photos for 1/2 months so we were thrilled they came so quickly. I would highly recommend James, he helped make our day incredibly special.
Lisa & Selwyn
Married in January 2018
May 2018
We can’t recommend him highly enough.
We got married between Christmas and New Year in Hastings – coincidentally on James’ birthday! We were looking for a photographer who would capture the feel of the day in a natural way with very few posed shots and the moment I spoke to James I felt I’d found someone who completely got what we were after. Of course you expect a photographer to be very professional and reliable, which he is, but more than that he’s a genuinely nice guy who manages to beautifully balance being unobtrusive and yet everyone’s friend!! We love the resulting photos and, as well as the moments he captured of us as a newly married couple, there are some fabulous laugh out loud shots of some of our guests! We can’t recommend him highly enough.
Maddie Lee
Married in August 2017
November 2018
I can’t recommend him highly enough he’s a star!!!!!
James was our wedding photographer last year at Hayne House Kent. From day 1 he made me feel completely confident that he would capture my day with artistic flair but also true to who we are as a couple. He is so talented and so friendly to have had at our day I wouldn’t choose anyone else. On the day he was so good at getting the day from all angles it’s like there were multiple cameras. I can’t recommend him highly enough he’s a star!!!!!
Natalie & Andy
Married in September 2016
May 2018
He is incredibly talented
James was our photographer for our wedding in March 2016. We cannot recommend James enough. He is incredibly talented and we are so over the moon that we choose him to capture our day. Over the year from when we booked to when we got married, James was in regular contact and it felt he was actually more of a friend by the time our big day arrived. His photo's of our day are amazing, very natural and more than we could have ever wished for. thank you so much James, your work far surpassed our expectations. Thank you for being part of our big day. Natalie and Andy xx
Karen & Rune
Married in September 2016
May 2018
Thank you James!
James is an excellent photographer. He sees all the magic moments and captures them perfectly. I had pretty high expectations but even so, they were massively exceeded! We had such a fun and easy time with him and his informal approach made us feel relaxed. He knows Hastings very well and took us to several beautiful spots which gave us a varied collection of photographs. We now have an amazing set of pictures from an amazing day, thanks to James' brilliant work :) Thank you James!
Sally and James Hookham
Married in October 2015
November 2018
As well as being a genuinely lovely person, James is also a fantastic photographer.
As well as being a genuinely lovely person, James is also a fantastic photographer. We were married in October at a beautiful location in Surrey, made all the more special by James' totally natural and non intrusive style of photography. His photographs tell the story of our wedding perfectly. We first met James at the venue before the wedding and he was completely in tune with the style of photographs we were looking for. He understood exactly what we wanted and the end results were just perfect. Every one of our guests looked natural, no forced smiles, he just worked his magic and most of the time you didn’t even know he was there, which even our guests commented on. We can’t recommend James highly enough. If you’re looking for fabulous photographer who also happens to be a really genuine guy, then James Robertshaw is the man for you. Thank you James for reminding us every time we look at the amazing printed album you’ve put together for us, what a truly magical day it was. Sally and James Hookham
Location & Contact Details


Hastings, East Sussex, England

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Press & Awards

Industry Awards (1)

Luxury Tavel Guide Wedding Photographer of the Year 2019

What is your most memorable wedding?

Probably the one where the first dance was on a trapeze. The reception was in a circus skills hangar in south London which was brilliantly converted to host the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. The first dance was a secret (I knew!) and the guests were amazed when Jane and Sam lifted off and gracefully moved around each other.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Sensitive, documentary, creative, unobtrusive, natural.

What about your business are you most proud of?

I remain true to my values of observing and recording real emotion and my clients really connect with that approach.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Hire people whose focus is on you and making your day happen as you want it to be.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Just past midnight, the best man brought out a birthday cake for two ladies in their eighties who shared the same birthday. It was the idea of the venue owners who had picked up on the coincidence and I thought it was a wonderful thing.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

After getting in touch, I usually meet potential clients in person to look through some of my printed work and talk about their ideas and plans. I feel the better I know my clients and vice versa the more relaxed we can be on the day.

What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?

I think slightly differently. Choose the right photographer, trust them and they will capture your joy by creating memories of real feelings.

What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?

I'm rarely asked to do anything apart from do my thing, bar the occasion informal group photo. I once used my Kayak to paddle out to sea so I could photograph the couple and their guests on the beach from a different perspective.

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Acceptance that the weather is something you can't control and lots of brollies.

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