About

Portrait and Wedding photographer Kent

What do I really do?

Portrait and Wedding photographer Kent is the heading but we shoot everything.

From weddings to product photography in my studio in Tonbridge as well as offering family photo shoots in Kent and all over the UK and even overseas.

I also shoot events, actor head shot’s, commercial, sports you name it, and in fact wedding photography covers most situation all in one day and it only happens once so what better practice for everything else and everything else is good practice for weddings! works both ways.

St Julians Club Sevenoaks shot by Sevenoaks Photographer Matt James Photography, wedding photography at it's best
St Julians Club Sevenoaks

I think with any walk of life if you have a passion for what you are doing you will exceed, photography offers this, along with the improvements in technology that actually work hand in hand with the creative eye, photography is a passion that will always offer new ground to cover, it’s this continuing progression of subject, environment and interpretation fires that passion.

Collateral Band shoot featured in Power Player Magazine by Matt James Photography, not just a wedding photographer
Collateral Band shoot featured in Power Player Magazine

I won’t ramble on for too long although I do think it’s a good idea if you understand my background and how I became interested, or realized I was what some call a photographer.

Ever since I can remember I carried a camera with me, even if it was a disposable Kodak! as a young man out with my friends, it was me who ended up capturing our days out, people and places we had encountered and then popping the film in the envelope to send off for developing, then I received free films back, this only encoraged me to shoot more, and guess what?  the developers used to put stickers on the photos, over exposed, shutter speed too slow and so on, it was like a distance learning course.

Matt James Photography shooting a wedding with the backpack loaded with various lenses and cameras
Matt Getting the shot

I learnt to play guitar when in my teenage years and started playing in bands, as responsibilities change so do your hobbies and pastimes, being in a band was restrictive in that you had to get several people in the same place at the same time, I needed something that I could do at the drop of a hat, therefore I moved into visuals for bands, this is called VJing, it involves live mixing visuals to compliment whatever the bands performance is putting out.

Matt playing guitar in the band Splink live at a Glastonbury festival
Matt playing guitar

While being involved in this there were many photo opportunities available to me and more and more my excitement was about the pictures I would get rather than the visual performance, it was only then I remembered as a child looking through the catalogue and selecting a ‘make your own camera kit’ when I was only 11 years old, the realisation that my childhood passion was put on the shelf for some time was quite an emotional one I can tell you.

To cut a long story short, this progressed to full frame digital capture, until I realized, this was photography!

Unobtrusive, natural, unique, that’s what I look for.

It could be your Wedding, or a special event, reportage photography will capture those ‘real’ moments that you remember forever.

So if you are looking for a Kent wedding photographer and portrait photographer Matt can help

You can see more of my work at www.sevenoaks-photography.co.uk and

www.photography-studio.space

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Associate photographers

Paul Lehane

Paul has worked with Matt for around about a year now and is confident enough to shoot weddings on his own, Paul has his own photography site but works hand in hand with Matt cross referring clients as we know we can trust each other to do a great job and not only produce great images but look after the clients.

Paul and Matt also double shoot weddings and events together.

Jemma Martin

Jemma is a huge music fan and met Matt first when he shot her Sisters wedding and then her wedding, Jemma is comfortable shooting second camera to Matt and has a very relaxed and friendly approach to her manor as well as being a great photographer.

James Cowell

Matt shot James’s wedding several years ago, James is a huge photography fan and has taken a step back from doing too many weddings as he is now a father and needs to spend more time with his family however on occasion James will still work with Matt second shooting.

John Coster

John and Matt have known each other 30 years! John is a technician when it comes to photography and also has a wonderful relaxed personality, for now John will second shoot weddings and events with Matt.