Interview With: James Davidson
Company Name: James Davidson Photography
Location / Coverage: UK and internationally
How did James Davidson Photography come about and how long has the business been going?
I finished my degree in Documentary and Editorial photography in 1995 after which I spent about 5 years assisting fashion and advertising photographers in London. I set up my own studio in 2000 doing mainly corporate style stuff. I was naturally drawn to weddings and portraits and over the years that is what I have specialised in.
How old were you when you got your first camera?
I had a snappy point and shoot camera for as long as I can remember, but I had a real ‘wow’ moment when my Dad lent me his SLR when I was 15. I got my first proper camera for my 16th birthday and never really looked back.
Who works at James Davidson Photography?
Just lil’ ol’ me. My wife helps when she can but we have two small children which is a full-time job and some – I’ve got the easy option!
What sets James Davidson Photography apart from other wedding photographers?
Style and professionalism. I like to think my style is clean, simple but very elegant and stands head and shoulders above the average.
What’s the best thing about the job?
At a wedding, being able to record a couple’s most significant day, the whole story, the full emotional rollercoaster, and to do it in a unique and significant style. For children’s portraits, well just being able to work with people of my own mental age …
Does James Davidson Photography have a particular style of photography?
With a background in documentary photography, I love to tell the story of the day, but I also draw on my fashion and portrait experience to hopefully create a bit of romance
Do you only do wedding photography?
I specialise in wedding and portrait photography but I am happy to turn my hand to most things photographic. I think it’s very important to have a wide range of skills when photographing weddings.
Where is the most beautiful place you have done a shoot?
Villa Cimbrone, Ravello. Without doubt one of the most beautiful wedding venues. Having said that, moments and chemistry outshine any venue; give me a happy couple with great chemistry any day over a stunning venue.
Do you have a favourite picture you have taken (If you can choose!)?
What’s your top tip for choosing a wedding photographer?
Choose a photographer whose style you love and whose personality suits yours.
Where can I find out more about James Davidson Photography?
Visit my website www.jamesdavidson.co.uk