About Me

Hello my name is James, I live in Kent in the UK with my wife and four children and taking photographs is the best job in the world.

James Heming Photography. Kent PhotographerI have been working professionally for a good few years now and absolutely love what I do. It is the thought that moments captured now will be around forever and while they are great to look at a couple of weeks after a shoot, it’s how they will be looked at and remembered in ten or forty years time that I find fascinating.
I like to think that I would be a calm, happy, unobtrusive perfectionist for your photographs from beginning to end.
I hope you enjoy looking through all the photos and information on the site and contact me at any time if need to know more.

Your Wedding questions answered:

How do I reserve my wedding date?
In my experience couples usually book a year or more in advance, so do call today if you want to check availability. If the date is free, lets arrange to meet up, discuss requirements and look through some sample albums.
If you would like to go ahead, a non-refundable deposit of £250 will reserve your day. Once this is received and the contract signed, the day is all yours.
The balance of the payment is due 30 days before the wedding.

What happens next?
I love to do a pre-wedding shoot which is included in all wedding packages as it is great to get to know each other a bit better, see how you are in front of the camera and if having your photograph taken isn’t your favourite thing in the world, I aim to make you feel a lot happier about what will be involved on your day. Also, I think it’s great to have some fun informal photos of you both around the time of your wedding to look back on. I can also make a mounted enlargement of one of the photos for all your guests to sign on the day.

Where does this happen?
It can be anywhere you like – the wedding venue, your house, your garden, somewhere that is important to the both of you or just a cool place you have seen. If all that draws a blank, I have loads of great ideas!

What happens on my wedding day?
I will arrive at a location we have agreed at a time that suits you. There is no real limit on how many hours I am with you on your day except that by the time you have had your first dance, I will have captured pretty much everything needed to record of your amazing day. If you would like me to stay later for a specific reason, extra hours can be added for £125 per hour.

Throughout the day I will capture every detail we have discussed, your guests and the events of the day as they unfold. Formal group shots will be done after the ceremony and then ideally we can sneak off for 30 minutes and shoot some cool photos of you both.

Do you want feeding?
Yes please, that would be great! If possible I like to have a bite with the wedding party so I am on hand to capture things as they happen and of course cover speeches and other planned events. If space is an issue, I am totally fine with another room as long as it is not too far away!

Group photos – Do you want a list?
That would be really helpful. I tend to recommend no more than six or seven group photos and one big one of everybody. With the best will in the world, these photos are never easy as you try and gather people strewn all over the venue, but I do make it fun and as long as there is one of your wedding party on hand who knows everyone, we will be fine!

What happens after the day?
Within three weeks of the wedding day you will be presented with an online gallery of your photographs, a mini-movie (if purchased) both online and on DVD and a CD of images for unlimited use. If you have gone for an album package, you will need to choose 80 or so photos you want included in the album. I will then go off and build an initial layout for you to proof check.

Your other questions answered:

How long does a portrait session take?
Generally I like to have you for about 90 minutes of shooting time although, don’t panic, that isn’t non-stop!

Can you provide props?
I can provide props and can certainly quote for that. Props are a great benefit and I do recommend people having things important to them to hand whether it be a feather duster or a Golden Retriever. These are the things that will make you relax in the photograph and will look great too.

What should I wear for a portrait shoot?
That is a tricky one to answer here in a few words, but don’t panic, I will of course talk that through with you well in advance of the shoot.

Anything I have missed?
contact me with any questions you have.

nicola hobson - November 14, 2012 - 20:08

Hi, I’ve just been looking at your lovely photos and wondered if you could give me a quote for my wedding
It’s on Thursday 5th Sept 2013 at the east quay on whitstable.
Many thanks

shootinglight - November 14, 2012 - 20:29

Ni Nicola,

Many thanks for the message. I will get in touch with you and we can chat about your day.

BARRY FIELD - April 14, 2014 - 10:07

hi,did you do a series of photos called “yacht shots”?

shootinglight - April 14, 2014 - 12:23

Hi Barry,

Yes, that was me (a few years back now!) I started my photography career doing yachting photography. Happy memories!

Rachel Brett - December 1, 2016 - 15:24

Hi James
Am looking at having some photos of the family – love Fenella and Paul’s on your website.
Ideally we would like outside and inside photos – wondering if this time of year is a tad unreliable for this? and maybe spring time would be a better option?
We are Elham way, would be interested in talking further re the possibility.
Rachel Brett
07710 633338

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