Neale James Wedding Photographer
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As one of the UK's more prolific wedding photographers, Neale, a former broadcaster and Radio 1 presenter has developed a strong documentary style, telling the real story of a couple's day.
Products and Services
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on USB
Personal Online Gallery
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Reportage / Documentary
Pricing & Costs
- “I'm fascinated by a documentary approach during the weddings I photograph. I see myself as a witness, if you like; the couples’ eyes. I don’t dictate the day or take hours away from a couple for formulaic posed photographs, I prefer to document what I see in real time. Emotionally, a wedding day is a truly special event and though it could be argued they all follow some kind of structure, it's the people that make these 'never to be repeated' occasions so unique. That's what drives me to work the way I do and photograph weddings in the fashion I do. During the few moments I’m called upon to photograph family or bridal portraits, I still choose to subtly record these legacy pictures so as not to impose. Six years ago I also began to record the sound from a day to play back within a stylised slideshow called the Wedding Photofilm. It's been an incredible privilege to pioneer this style of film, where stills and sound combine to create a kind of digital album by way of short movies and it's led to clients around the World commissioning me to make a documentary of their day. Our albums also champion a unique approach, where the speeches, readings, and ceremony are recounted as text within the display of pictures on each page. A documentary or reportage approach has and will continue to be a strong characteristic of how I work and I look forward to talking with more couples as they plan their own big day!
ExperienceYear Business Was Established2004# Of Weddings HostedMore than 50# Of People In Team2Public Liability InsuranceYes
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What is your most memorable wedding?
It would be almost impossible to choose a favourite of course, but there are many memories. My travels to weddings abroad and all the cultural adventures. Most of my fondest memories come from short fleeting moments, like a father who read his daughter a poem during the wedding ceremony, that he'd written on the day she was born. Not a dry eye in the house.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Documentary, unobtrusive, considered, observational, emotional.
What about your business are you most proud of?
That I'm trusted; trusted to photograph what is undoubtedly one of the most precious and important days in a couple's and family's history. There's a real legacy in being a wedding photographer and that's what make me proud.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Keep calm and get married! I see many people try to cram too much into a day. Keep it simple even if you're planning a lavish event. It's the simplicity of a day that makes a wedding really sing.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
So many. I saw a nice touch recently where the couple had fashioned a Lego figure for each of their guests. I didn't know there were so many bespoke pieces for Lego figures!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Many couples will elect to communicate with my via Skype or phone and I guess that's because they all lead such full on work lives. But I'm equally happy to meet with couples to primarily discuss their day and hopes. We'll talk photography and style and as the wedding approaches I like to learn a little more about who'll be going, if there's a story behind anyone or anything at the wedding. My style is observational so holding lots of long and complex wedding meetings isn't really necessary. Following the wedding, photographs are prepared and presented in a private online gallery from where we can plan albums and frames if required.
What is the #1 photo that you think every couple should take?
It's always a big natural moment, but not necessarily from the same part of a wedding. For some couples, the first glimpse in a church is priceless. For others it can be an exchanged glance during the service, or the emotion presented by the speeches.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I like natural moments, so perhaps this isn't so relevant to me. I'm often asked to capture particular people for all sorts of reasons. I guess each of those would be original in their own right.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Just remember that PEOPLE make a wedding, not the rain. We don't live in California. It rains in this country, rather a lot sometimes, so you just have to embrace it; it was part of your day.
Describe how you got into photography.
It was a gentle transition really from radio broadcasting to photography. There was no sudden thing or signature moment, it was gentle and organic development really.
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