As a relaxed couple, your wedding is about having a gorgeous day, celebrating with friends and family.
You don’t want to spend your day with endless photographs, but want to look and feel amazing.
Ensuring your day is enjoyable for everyone is key – it’s a celebration after all.
You’re not overly posey people so feeling comfortable in front of the camera is vital.
You want to make sure all of the family are in your photographs but don’t want it to become a family shoot!
Instead, you want your story to wow everyone, show you, the best possible version of you, having the greatest day of your life.
Your wedding is all about having a great time. You don’t care about the outrageous extravagances or worrying about the little things that don’t matter – you just want to eat, drink and be merry with your favourite people. Looking amazing, feeling amazing and having a perfect time…
THE BIG QUESTION
Does This Sound Like You?
If so, please read on…find out a little more about me, and how I like to tell the story of a wedding.
My name is Stuart James and I’m a documentary wedding photographer based in the wonderful county of Staffordshire.
I live in a cosy house in Great Wyrley with my beautiful wife Beki and our ace pooch Rocksi, a super lovable Bullmastiff.
My favourite things in the world are travelling, reading and anything that gives an adrenaline rush!
(I would love to get my skydiving licence after getting a taste of it with a tandem dive!!)
I couldn’t live without my friends and family, great – and varied – music, and good books, but also don’t function without coffee!
I spend a lot of my time when not photographing weddings trying my best to stay in shape, running and at the gym, but I have to admit, nothing makes me happier than a chilled out time with Beki and Rocksi, or in a great Gin and Real Ale bar with friends.
My love of people and stories is what combines to keep me constantly excited about photographing weddings.
I’ve been a photographer for over 15 years capturing over 350 weddings and really couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
The best thing about being a wedding photographer is that I get to capture the story of the most amazing time for my clients with their friends and family, and knowing that my narrative will bring the memories flooding back for decades to come.
We love to travel and enjoy simple breaks away – you’ll often find us in a field in our campervan, lying in the hammock, without a care in the world!
We’ve discovered a love of cruise holidays in the last year, and want to try and plan a break to the Caribbean, but our other bucket list holidays include a Safari, a trip to the Philipines (which we almost had planned!!), and also really want to explore Thailand and of course Australia…in fact, we’d love to do what one of my couples have spent the last year doing – touring the world! How fabulous!!
I’m a huge motor racing fan, still hooked on the world of Formula 1 but also love MotoGP and endurance racing, and really want to visit a couple of races in Europe over the next couple of years. LeMans is on the table, but very tempted with a road trip to Spa…
Essentially I’m a relaxed and easy going guy…who can be pretty fun to have around!
A FLY BY OUR 2017
Get a little feel of us through a quick video of our year
ABOUT YOUR WEDDING WITH ME
My wedding photography style is natural and real. I capture all the fleeting and special moments and let you get on with having the best time.
I love capturing interactions and showing people’s true feelings and characters, but I also love getting creative with the two of you. Spending a few minutes at different points of the day creating those WOW images of you both…looking your absolute best, whilst feeling like you!
Our time together on the pre-wedding shoot will help to dispell any nerves or fears about being photographed, allowing us to get to know each other.
If you feel comfortable, and look great, I’ve done my job right!
On the day it truly is about your relaxing and enjoying yourself.
From the moment I arrive I’ll become a natural part of your wedding; blending in to capture the day as it unfolds.
Helping control the flow of the day, capturing all the desired photos, in a quick and relaxed manner, allowing you to spend your time with friends and family is what it’s about. Your day isn’t a photoshoot, and I promise it will never feel that way!
From our first meeting, through to when I hand over your finished album, we’re in this together. Building confidence and a personal connection are essential…knowing who is important to you, and the things that matter, help me transform the story of your day beyond just photographs. It helps you truly connect with the story.
There is nothing more captivating than an emotion invoking narrative showing your full day as it unfolds…
"huge thank you for absolutely everything - all the endless help, your professionalism, your recommendations, we just can’t thank you enough!"
Charlotte + Caddy CadmanSee their story
"You made the daunting thought of having our pictures taken away and made us feel so relaxed! We now have some amazing memories captured in your pictures to treasure forever!"
Kayleigh + Georgina HillSee their Shropshire Wedding Story
"You captured every minute. You fit right in. It was like having our friends with us!"
Sarah + Craig HillSee their Yorkshire Wedding Story
"You have given us the most treasured memories. You are the most telented and kind hearted photographer we could have wished for."
Lyndsey + Howard ClarkeSee Their Stafford Wedding Story
"Thank you for everything you did to make our day so special. Your guidance and support was invaluable!"
Kate + Tim SimmsSee Their Staffordshire Wedding Story
"You made us feel so at ease with each other and with you and we can't thank you enough!"
Phil Thompson + Andrew RaistrickSee The Worcester Wedding Story
Ready to find out more?
Get In touch
Head to the contact page to leave me your details and I will be in touch.
Alternatively, drop me an email directly at [email protected] or a call on 07834 978905.
I look forward to speaking with you, and finding out more about your day!