I work to capture that special story that you have woven, and collaborate with you to create something truly unforgettable. It is my passion, and my absolute joy to be there to document your unique and incredible celebration of life.
Because I love to put so much of my own heart and soul into journaling your own tapesty, I take a limited number of commisions a year, and I endeavor to work closely with you from the moment we connect, to beyond me delivering the beautiful art created for your own space.
Whether you want to surprise your partner on the day you plan to propose, take your partner and yourself out to your favourite spot with your dog, or even something as simple as a relaxing day at home, I take the utmost joy in working with you to capture these moments that make up your life. Perhaps you are someone who is a little bit shy in front of the camera and all this sounds mighty daunting; fear not, you have come to the right place!
I guarantee you a great time and photos which you will adore for years to come. This is more of an adventure than a photoshoot. Sure, I’ll be there, but as a companion, documenting your incredible experiences.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK A SESSION WITH JAMES?
THE PORTRAIT PROCESS
THE ORDERING APPOINTMENT
YOUR LONG-TERM PLAN
First and most importantly of all, does my style of photography suit what you are after? I offer authentic and fine portraits for families, in a candid and unposed style. I love people to ‘come as they are’, and I do not ‘skinny tool’ anyone. You are naturally beautiful as you are.
Pre-consults can take place in-person or on the phone.
Great portraits begin with a great relationship. Tell me about your home and your vision and I’ll add in our creativity to make it happen.
Shoots can be somewhat stressful for families. From wondering if the kids will behave, to agonizing over what to wear and convincing dad that it won’t be “that bad,” it may have been challenging for you in the past.
Sessions with me are anything but stressful. Fun-filled, happy and relaxed, I don’t care about crazy kids! As a matter a fact, the crazier, the better for their real personality (the one you love most) will come out. In my many years of experience with families, I’ve seen it all and can handle anything throw at me. On top of that, when you work with me, proper planning, a solid goal and knowing exactly what will happen, you’ll feel confident with your clothing and will marvel at how “easy” it really was.
Shoots take place in a location of your choosing, whether it it is at home. I work with natural light and you are welcome to bring whatever props or personal items you’d love to have on the shoot, which we can discuss and brainstorm in the pre-shoot consultation. This approach offers a stylish and relaxed environment where we create a look that is sophisticated no matter what the weather.
Sessions at one of Canberra’s scenic spots make for some amazing and unique images, especially if the location is special to you. So consider carefully where you’d like to have your session, or we can recommend a spot for you. I focus the portrait experience around just that, an amazing experience. I pride myself on exceptional customer service and a commitment to each family’s relationship and the creation of unique art for their home.
This is where the fun finishes! The Viewing & Ordering Appointment is the time when you get to see all the fruits of the session pay off.
Your images are brought to life with a simulation of your chosen artwork in your home and we take the time to design the right art piece for your home. This is the time when you will finalise your portrait order, so be sure to pick a time where both of you can be there.
I’ll help you sort through the images and make final decisions on what will look best with your decor. I’ll show you actual size and pair images together for a stunning album or wall gallery. We can add textures and design elements, or just let the portraits shine on their own. Specializing in wall series and heirloom albums, some of the products we offer are one-of-a-kind. All of them are sure to get you excited about what lies ahead!