Tuesday, 7 October 2014

aveen and andy car ride from the lost village of Dode

I love this its a great bit of fun I always look for ways of doing more than just wedding photography

Monday, 18 August 2014

Wedding Highlights Video

I love this little video I did mostly hand held (must get a steady cam!)
especially the moment the Bride walks in look at their faces It get me every time!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Hi all,
I have two exhibitions coming up at St Julians Club in Sevenoaks the dates are Sunday 13th July (5pm until around 7.30pm) and 31st July again around 5pm until 7.30.
During the event I will give a small presentation on my work and photography and there will be some nibbles and drinks, if you would like to reserve your place please contact me via email, matt@mattjamesphotography.co.uk
This event should be interesting for those looking for a photographer, those interested in photography and those interested in networking in a relaxed environment.
If you would like to bring a guest please let me know as numbers will be limited.


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

An email I sent to some wedding prospects - Guide to choosing your photographer

I paid to list my services with a web company specializing in weddings, every so often I receive inquiries regarding wedding photography and many start with, 'We are on a tight budget' on many occasion I have dropped price to help people out only to find on their day they have booked the largest venue you can imagine, have stilt walkers, magicians, sweetie trollies, £20K worth of fireworks, 15 bridesmaids, free bar all night and catering for 300 people! you can imagine how this makes me feel if I have offered them a genuine discount to help out as their budget is so tight.

The latest set of leads I received was today and I thought you know what a little information goes a long way so I thought I would share my reply on here.

Hi there

I expect everyone is emailing you offering amazing deals and you are overcome by choice so I thought I would email you with a guide so when you have looked at everyone if you have any doubt you can then come back to me for a quote if you need to, however I am not a photographer to play bidding games with other ‘photographers’ I am not the cheapest but I know I am not the most expensive as well, but I am full time and very professional and I am told fun and friendly as well, so here goes, a list of things you must consider when booking your photographer, I hope it helps you.

• Most photographers have packages, gold, silver etc each package offers a guide to what they will do on the day and after the wedding in the way of products and services, please be sure to read into the ‘package’ as often wording like whole day photography may be followed by 8 hours, so sometimes it’s not always as clear as you may think

• Includes a CD of images after the wedding, (sometimes followed by up to 400 images) when I shoot a wedding my average gallery is around 1200 for a full day if you have contracted for 400 images then the additional images will cost you more, when I burn 1200 images to data DVD’s that hold 4.7GB of information I can only get 400 images on a disc full size so it’s usually several DVD’s not one so are the images you receive full size at around 10meg per file average or have they been re sized to a smaller file size that will only print to 6x4 for example?

• Two photographers on the day, this is often a hook to catch you, I work with many people who are interested in photography but they have normal weekday jobs, therefore they are ‘other occupations’ that have an interest in photography or a partner, I offer other professional photographers who I have trained to look out for what I look out for but there is obviously an additional charge unless you specifically want a student

• I have heard horror stories that some photographers wont shoot cutting the cake because it was not in your package, make sure you know what they are happy to shoot on the day, it should be everything that happens and everyone that’s there

• If your booking is for a set number of hours and your day over runs so the first dance is late or there are surprise fireworks, is it going to cost you extra for the photographer to stay?

• My package includes a book, please be sure you know what type of book you are getting, personally I think the most important thing is the have the day covered properly and the data then if it takes 6 months to choose your favorite photos and go back for a book surely you will get a better book? And you won’t have to fork out money when you have everything else to pay for

These are just a few highlights you should consider when choosing your photographer, you have probably heard it many times but after the day when the dress is in the cupboard, the cake has been eaten, and everything else is over, the photographs are what you have left to look back on, well that and your own memory and until we can plug out heads into a USB port to look at memories on a big screen TV the only physical way of remembering the day and sharing it is with your photos, with this in mind, the budget for your photography should reflect this, if you pay peanuts you get ...well empty shells all over the place!

I hope this is of some help, whatever you do have a great day



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Friday, 28 February 2014

Baby - New born - Family photo shoots Tonbridge - Bromley - Sevenoaks - Westerham - Kent

Eadie's First Photo shootEadie's First Photo shoot

This was a great day, one of my brides came back to me after nearly three years and asked if I do #baby portraits ... yes I do and how nice to hear from you as well.

this was after hearing from another client she had taken up one of those rip off shoots where you pay £25 for three shoots but the photos cost fortunes, this particular client had one 6x8 and one 16x12 and paid £180 for them she asked if she could purchase the full resolution data and they said yes £700! so watch out those of you looking to save money up front it may cost you in the end!

this shoot was my current special offer of £35 for the baby shoot and the prices are on the gallery for prints and I think they are very reasonable for professional photos (not someone with a camera)


if your interested get in touch

cheers for reading


Monday, 27 January 2014

Wedding photography for mature clients

Simon and SharonSimon and Sharon

Perhaps you are getting marred? Perhaps it's not your first time, you still want the memories of this special day but not all the huge involvement that you had first time around, this is more about your two than the day, much more intimate a smaller scale with real friends and family, and much more fun, lets face it as you get older (I like to say more mature) you don't really worry as much about what people think, if they don't like it then are they real friends.

so why not have a photographer who understands all of this with a great nature and friendly approach that will work with your day and not cost the earth.

Packages are available for these clients from as little as £550, considering the average wedding package these days topples over the £1500 mark then that's an amazing offer

Why not contact me to find out more and oh, before you book me you get the chance to met and have a shoot with me to see what all the fuss is about

thanks for reading