June 27, 2018

Finding models for your photoshoots can be a hard task if you are new to the game. Here are my top tips for finding people to star in your next photoshoot. 

1. Friends

Perhaps the easiest way of finding potential models is to use your friends. If you have any friends who aren’t that camera shy they will be the best source of models for you to test out photoshoot ideas. In the age of the selfie and instagram there will undoubtedly be someone you know that will...

May 30, 2018

Wedding days can be a stressful time period for both the bride and groom. In order to ensure a smooth running day here are my top tips to help prepare for the big day. 

1) Hair and Make Up Trials

Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least a month before your wedding. This will give you peace of mind to know exactly how you will look and give you the opportunity to change things in advance if necessary. Make sure to bring all jewellery to the trial...

April 30, 2018

Over the years I've had the good fortune to work with some fantastic make up artists on both wedding and fashion photo shoots. With weddings in particular you will want to avoid beauty malfunctions by planning ahead, and you’ll be the belle of the ball on your most important day.

To help any bride to be, I have prepared some great advice to ensure show-stopping photographs on your wedding day.

Trial Run

Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at leas...

March 28, 2018

1. Good pre shoot communications

They say first impressions count and it’s really true. In order to organise a good photoshoot good pre shoot communications are vital. Introducing yourself, what the shoot is about and keeping in touch with the model all the way until the shoot day should ensure that the shoot runs as smoothly as it can. Lay out all the details of the shoot, styles, inspiration moodboards, location venues, dates and times and keep them up to...

January 7, 2018

"Sisters of the tides are we, bound by sand, salt and sea"

They say that as a photographer you should never shoot at midday. The sun is at it's harshest, brightest and directly over head creating strong shadows and often unfavourable or unflattering light. As a rule, it's one that many photographers stand by and chose to avoid this time of day at all costs. But can you actually shoot at midday? Can it be mastered?

Well to find out I embarked on a mission to s...

January 7, 2018

"To the ocean we call and infinite horizons, you can't resist us, we are the salt water sirens"

The height of a solar eclipse, where the moons darkness and the suns daylight collide for a brief few moments couldn't be a more fitting shoot day and epic ending to this collection. You find me on the flowing golden sands of Perranporth beach in Cornwall we are doing a fashion photoshoot in the setting sun. A fitting conclusion of my trilogy of shoots for the Sal...

January 7, 2018

''Selkie, Mermaid, Siren daughters, we are priestesses of the holy waters.

You'd imagine that a beach based fashion shoot would be one of sun drenched vistas, soft sand beneath your toes and the faint smell of suntan lotion. But not this one...

On a grey and drizzly morning we are on a wind swept beach trying our best to get some good photos battling against the elements. The sand saturated with the recent high tide was solid beneath our feet and the grey cl...

December 17, 2017

On the face of it 2017 has been a year filled full of darkness. But wherever darkness falls we must search hard to find the light. This is the tale of this year’s darkness and the ongoing battle to find the light.

This is where the light shines though.

This year I get to celebrate Christmas still surrounded by all of my family. A simple thing I had always taken for granted in previous years. With a cancer diagnosis for my dad earlier in the year, this is som...

December 13, 2017

 Inspired by the works of photographer Brandon Woelfel I decided I wanted to try a night time portrait session using just natural light and props such as fairy lights to light the subjects.  If you don't know of Brandon's his work, check out his website immediately, his portfolio is incredible. 

He usually shoots at blue hour the hour of daylight left after sunset and uses props to great affect, smoke bombs, fairy lights and sparklers. All of his photos...

December 6, 2017

Another visit to one of Millwood studio group social evenings provided yet again another set of brilliant portfolio images for me. This time round we had a couple of motorbikes lined up to take photographs of brought over by several local bike enthusiasts. These machines are amazing and often lovingly restored and custom built by their owners. On hand to provide us with some glamour was model Becky Louise Derwent. 

Looking like an extra from the mo...

October 3, 2017

There are times in our lives where we find ourselves at a personal crossroads and choices need to be made. The decisions we make in those moments can change lots of things, we just hope that we made the right ones. 

Likewise the choices that other people make when they are also at their own crossroads can have ramifications on your own journey bringing about change in rippling circles. 

Other times fate deals the cards and forces change upon you whe...

September 20, 2017

After a tiring mornings surf there is no better way to refuel than at the Porthtowan beach café. After returning my rental board back to the hire shop next door I headed to the café for some much needed sustenance.

Nestled in the cliffs right next to the beach the café is an irresistible place to grab lunch. For the best views sit outside on the colourful benches and soak up the sun whilst watching the local surfers walk by. All of the food is made with loca...

August 26, 2017

The Little Red Rooster is one of the rarest of things, a classic American diner set in the heart of a quaint Cornish town. Nestled between several buildings surrounding the historic dockyards of Falmouth it is a gem that could be easily missed.

Little Red Rooster is a family run diner owned by Becky and Mike. According their website after visiting New York they fell in love with the laid back friendliness of the local diners along with the amazing food. They...

August 8, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I posted some shots from a lingerie studio shoot Lens Flare Lingerie and after some great comments some people wanted to know how I'd put together the shots. So I thought I share the processes that went in to creating the images in this post.

The basic idea and premise of this shoot was to create a sexy, sultry but classy lingerie shot, something seductive and provocative without being cheap and run of the mill lad's magazine shoots....

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Andrew James - Cheshire & Manchester based Commercial Product, Fashion and Wedding Photographer

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