THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Twice internationally recognised in Junebug’s exclusive list of Best Wedding Photographs of the World and latterly voted 2014’s Wedding Photographer of the Year for London and the South East at the Wedding Industry Awards, Neale James lives near Newbury in Berkshire though accepts commissions the length and breadth of the UK and destination weddings abroad.
“My heart lies in documentary wedding photography. I’m a witness. I’m a couples’ eyes. I don’t run around shouting at guests or dictating the day and during the few moments I’m called upon to photograph family or bridal portraits, I subtly go about my work in a relaxed way.”
Recognised for his reportage approach to wedding photography, Neale also shoots a limited number of portrait commissions in a similar documentary style each year creating family heirloom albums and short legacy films.
THE ORIGINAL PHOTOFILM
“In 2011 I photographed a bride, who, diagnosed with an untreatable brain tumour, wed her partner in a ceremony witnessed by their five year old daughter. I chose to capture sound as well as photographs that day so her daughter would always have her mother’s voice to fit to those poignant wedding pictures. The stills were set to the sounds of the day as a lasting documentary. It became the first Wedding Photofilm.”