James Richard Photography

“Your hunt for a wedding photographer ends here… you just found the best one out there!!”- Charlotte & Harry

Hi, I’m James, a documentary-style Kent wedding photographeraka the guy behind the camera! I’ve been photographing weddings since I graduated from the University of Kent back in 2013 and I absolutely love it. I am based in Kent but cover all of the South East, UK and destination weddings as well.

For me, there is no greater joy than capturing all of those priceless wedding day moments and presenting my finished work to the newly weds waiting in anticipation. My style is documentary, candid photography with a relaxed and fun approach. I don’t want you to be worrying about your guests as you stand for yet another posed photo. I want to be in the heart of the big day action, snapping away as you and your new spouse have the best day of your lives. 

What you can expect from me on your Kent wedding day is someone who will make you feel at ease. Being the focus of hundreds of photographs doesn’t come naturally to many, including myself! Throughout your special day, I will be just where I need to be to capture the very best photos without getting in your way. I will be a friend more than a supplier and once the day is over and you’ve enjoyed your honeymoon, you can expect a beautiful set of natural wedding photos that perfectly capture your amazing celebration

At heart, I’m a storyteller with a camera and I want to tell your Kent wedding story with my photography. Whether you are planning an outdoor wedding in the Garden of England or a more rustic affair in a converted barn or oast house, I just can’t wait to be involved! Think we might be a good fit? Why not get to know me a bit better?

“I’m not the best in front of the camera but James just chatted away and made us both feel so comfortable from the moment he arrived.”- Gemma & Roshan

Natural, unposed wedding photography in Kent 

If you want natural wedding photography for your big day, I can think of few better places that go hand in hand with that reportage style than Kent. Famous for its orchards and hop gardens, what better backdrop for your big day than the Garden of England

In my opinion, Kent really does have it all! Literally surrounded by the South East coastline, you don’t have to go too far for the nautical themed wedding day of your dreams. Or if valleys and hills is what you’re drawn to, Kentish countryside can provide that effortlessly with the High Weald and Kent Downs (a personal favourite of mine!). And when only the spectacular will do for your wedding, there are few places more infamous than the White Cliffs of Dover

Steeped in history, Kent also offers the perfect setting for a traditional wedding day. A lucky few have the opportunity to say their vows in Canterbury Cathedral itself, which many would consider to be the epicentre of Kent. For those of us who don’t have an in with the Archbishop of Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey and Dover Castle are close at hand and equally as breathtaking. If history is your thing, Kent has plenty to boast with big names such as Chaucer, Charles Dickens and Henry VIII (to name a few) woven into its past. 

At the end of your wedding day, having washed down the cake with one too many Shepherd Neame pints, the Channel Tunnel is close at hand. It will be ready and waiting to whisk the new Mr and Mrs away, across the English Channel, to the honeymoon lying in wait beyond. In case you couldn’t guess, I’m pretty passionate about photographing in Kent!

Where to get married in Kent 

If you’re considering a wedding in Kent, you are more spoilt for choice for wedding venues than the brides and grooms in any other county in the country. We have a heck of a lot of them down here in Kentish land

When thinking about my past wedding photography in Kent, for me, there are few places like Goodnestone Park. This venue offers it all, from the stately manor house, to the quaint old church within its grounds, to the endless elegant gardens. If having your ceremony alfresco appeals to you, the Secret Garden, Wilderness Weddings and Mount Ephraim Gardens would all be fantastic options for you as well. These venues provide a down to earth and relaxed vibe, allowing you to create the special day only you can imagine. 

It wouldn’t be Kent without mentioning The Old Kent Barn. Number one on many couples lists, this venue combines the rustic charm of the past with all the conveniences of the present, helping your big day to run seamlessly. Another amazing barn venue that has to be mentioned, with its picturesque bridge over still waters, is Winter Barns in Canterbury

If you’re looking for grandeur, have a peruse around Hever Castle and Leeds Castle. You can’t get much more grand than a castle! The country estate of Knowlton Court also has ample space for the celebration of your marriage and well worth a look around.

Of course, if you’re seeking the truly unique, look no further than The Winding House (a former Victorian mining building), Port Lympne (complete with safari animals), Marleybrook House (with its outdoor fairground) or Fort Amherst (a historic military base). I told you… Kent has it all! 

Documentary style photography 

When I say documentary wedding photography, I mean capturing candid natural moments as they unfold. But, as I’m sure you can imagine, there is a lot of thought that goes into creating those timeless photographs of your Kent wedding for you and your loved ones

I come to my weddings with a whole suitcase of professional cameras and lenses (for me, it’s Canon all the way!). I also use a whole host of other equipment, such as flashes, tripods, reflectors and off camera lighting gear. And lastly, I come armed with years of knowledge of shutter speeds, aperture, ISO, light, posing, symmetry, layering, composition and depth of field (just to name a few!). This is all so that I can create those images that you will treasure forever. 

I use this wealth of knowledge and equipment to authentically tell the story of your wedding day in Kent and to present you with the most beautiful photographs of all the special moments and emotion that unfolded on the day. Of course, we still do family portraits and a couple shoot of the newlyweds, as these are still really important parts of your day. But I make sure these don’t take too long so you can get back to what’s important- celebrating with your guests

Your wedding, your way

Planning a Kent wedding that’s a little bit different? Count me in! When a bride or groom calls me up to say “So, I’ve got this idea. Hear me out”, I’m already sold. Helping my couples bring their big day to life is the best thing about my job. 

Whether you want a bouquet of wild flowers to go with your gold wedding dress or the full veil, tiara and morning suit, I would be so excited to be a part of your celebrations. Believe me when I say, I’ve seen it all, but there’s something about capturing a bride walk down the aisle and the look on the groom’s face that just makes me smile every time. From the getting ready with flower girls and bridesmaids, to the confetti throw and all the way through until the first dance, I simply love weddings in all shapes and sizes. 

So, if you’re looking for a Kent Wedding Photographer, I would love to talk to you about your wedding day. Head over to my contact page and let’s talk through your plans in more detail! 

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