About Me

montage of images of james stewart

I have photographed family life for as long as I can remember; my parents never even bothered with a camera, I photographed everything. When I got older the camera still went everywhere. I documented everything, including the sports I was competing in at the time. These were my first ‘professional’ photographs, mountain biking and motorcycle trials images published in the press.

Weddings came a little later. My only experience of wedding photographs were my own, and that wasn’t great (the one thing I wished we’d done differently)! I was in total awe of the street and documentary photography of Don McCullin, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebestiao Selgado. Weddings just weren’t on my radar. That was until a friend asked me to shoot his wedding. He wanted something different and he loved my documentary style of covering sporting and family events. At first I was a little reluctant but did some research and found that there were some great wedding photographers working in a documentary style. I studied the work of Jeff Ascough and Stephen Swain. Stephen even had a book out ‘Capture the Moment’. I was hooked!

That was over 10 years ago and I am still passionate about weddings! It’s such a privilege to spend an amazing day with two families. I still have the same philosophy as I had for that very first wedding. Shoot with minimal interference, dress as a guest and get right into the heart of the action. No uncomfortable poses, just the ‘real’ story of your wedding. I photograph a selection of group shots – most people like to have a few but these are taken quickly and without fuss. Then there are the shots of just the two of you. I love to create a few beautiful, natural portraits but again these are taken quickly and creatively without making you uncomfortable. Just have a look through the blog or the featured weddings and you’ll get a real feeling for the relaxed style I have.

” I cannot recommend James enough… He is kind, considerate and professional. His photographs are absolutely amazing and he knows how to capture a moment that will last forever. His unobtrusive style meant that we felt at ease, we barley knew he was around but he managed to capture our day perfectly. ”   Emma Allen

If you’d like to see more mountain bike sunsets (and other personal work!) check out my Instagram feed.


I am based in Sheffield but shoot across the UK and occasionally abroad. If you like what you see I’d love to hear about your plans!