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From the minute we spoke to James about being our wedding reception photographer, we knew we made the right decision. His work is absolutely sensational!

The photos he managed to capture were incredible. We honestly cannot thank him enough. He really managed to capture everything and more than we could have ever imagined. His attention to detail and ideas were amazing, particularly in the vineyard and with the champagne shot. He made us feel really comfortable throughout our evening celebrations.

Despite the lighting and weather conditions in a cold, muddy November night, James work in these conditions remains fantastic. I honestly don’t think you’ll be able to find a better photographer for those kind of photos. Just perfect!

Not just a top photographer but a top man as well.

We will be forever grateful to James and will always be the first to highly recommend him to others (November 2023).

Jordan and Alex - Tuffon Hall

James did such an amazing job as our wedding photographer, we are absolutely over the moon with our photos and our beautiful album. James went above and beyond to capture all of the details of our special day and nothing was too much trouble for him. He is extremely professional and had lots of ideas for shots. He was also very relaxed on the day and made us feel very comfortable and was happy to go with the flow of what we wanted. It was also great that an engagement shoot was included in the package as this helped get us used to being in front of the camera and gave us an idea of the sorts of poses that worked well for us. We also loved our engagement shoot photos. I would highly recommend James and cannot thank him enough for the wonderful job he did for us. We will definitely use him again for other events (May 2022).

Leasha and Mark - Leez Priory

Absolutely cannot even begin to put into words how amazing James was, he was so accommodating and generally went out of his way to capture the most incredible moments on our wedding day. It was the hottest day on record and he didn’t stop all day, nothing was too much trouble and he listened to everything we wanted and what we had discussed in the lead-up to the big day. Friendly is an understatement and I generally am so grateful that he was recommended I would not have wanted it any other way. Trust me when I say he does not stop from the time he starts to the time he finishes. Worth every single penny and more. Massive thank you again for being the most incredible photographer on our wedding day. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Incredible!!!! If there was a 10* review he would get it 100%

Gemma and Daniel - The Lion Inn

Wow!! What can I say!! James captured our day perfectly!! James captured my day just how I had wished and even moments I thought may not have due to the spontaneous nature but james captured it all and I hardly noticed he wasn’t just a guest! The photo quality is amazing and I was so lucky to have him photograph our day!! I would 10000% recommend james what a lovely man who made the day so easy for me and had great energy! Thank you !! (May 2022)

Billie and Mitchell - Fennes

Firstly we would like to thank James for our amazing photos that he took for our wedding day, we couldn’t be happier. We got married on a very windy February afternoon and were a little worried about how they might turn out, but James did a fantastic job and managed to use the weather to create some stunning shots. We absolutely love the album which was made for us, all our friends and family have commented on how perfect the photos are. We would definitely recommend James to anyone looking for a photographer. Thank you! Sarah and Chris (February 2022)

Sarah and Chris - Gaynes Park

Really fantastic photographer. Made us feel very comfortable and was extremely accommodating. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants quality photos to remember their special day. (May 2022)

Emily and Will - Channels

We were recommended James by friends and we were absolutely not disappointed. We had so many compliments about James during our wedding day, describing how he was attentive, supportive and flexible. He was so welcoming and warm to us and our guests all while creating incredibly stunning photos. James explains clearly his process and his style but is more than accommodating with your ideas as well. He is super responsive with any questions we had and helped guide us through, making the stressful time of planning, just that little bit easier. We cannot recommend James highly enough and he gives great value to the top professional quality photos and service he provides.

Steven and Rebecca - All Manor of Events

James photographed our wedding at Vaulty Manor on the 7th of November 2021. James is a fantastic photographer and the quality of the photos he has provided for me and my husband are stunning. He worked tirelessly on the day to capture every possible moment for us and was so creative in picking the perfect areas for really beautiful photos which was no mean feat as we were chasing the tails of the daylight hours during our winter wedding. James makes you feel comfortable at all times and if you’re a little camera shy he really makes you feel at ease during those solo or couples shots. We cannot recommend James enough! Thank you for the wonderful photos. Annie & Will

Annie and Will - Vaulty Manor

We love the photos that James took of our wedding day and the engagement shoot. He provided a great service before and during the day from always responding to messages very quickly and giving us great tips during the engagement shoot to use at our wedding. During the photoshoots he put us and our guests at ease and made us feel comfortable and relaxed. On the wedding day after the formal photos we never noticed James but he still managed to get some great casual shots and photos that captured the moments of the day. We are very happy we chose James and would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a reliable and high-quality photographer.

Adam and Mandi - Blake Hall

James Thomas was the photographer at our son’s wedding this summer and we were hugely impressed with his hard work and the fact that he was still there late into the evening! The photos were fabulous – all 900-odd of them! Really, truly wonderful, and captured the essence of the lovely, happy day so beautifully, from start to finish. He then designed the layout of an album for us and meticulously monitored the production of it from the draft stage until it was delivered. He definitely went the extra mile from start to finish and we would have no hesitation in recommending him.

L Milligan - Surrey

James was amazing from booking right up untill our wedding and even post wedding. My husband hates having his photo taken, and james managed to make him feel so at ease on the day that we got some lovely pictures of him and the best man. our wedding was booked pre covid and moved to the following year, which was a huge stress, but James made amemding the date so easy and even remained flexibile when I reduced our package due to our day being cut short with restrictions still in place. I would highly recomend James for his above and beyound attitude, friendliness, professionalism, and quality of pictures.

Shelley and Greg - Little Channels

James is a fantastic photographer, and created some really amazing shots for us on our wedding day. He was efficient and professional on what was a hot, busy, long day! He really made taking the official photos enjoyable and seamless, as well as getting some beautiful candid shots throughout the day.

I’d highly recommend James to anyone for any event.

Nadia and Tom - Surrey

James was professional and helpful throughout our wedding preparations and on our big day. James has captured some magical moments with the less formal shots too, which he suggested, taken during the morning when we were getting ready, the ceremony and wedding breakfast and into the evening. We are so pleased that all our photos are amazing!

James’ knowledge and expertise of setting up the shots using the background scenery and natural lighting during the sunset was exceptional.

We would definitely recommend James

Sarah and Rodger - The White Hart at Great Yeldham

A wedding photographer is the one person that you are going to spend a massive chunk of one of the most important days of your life with. It’s one of the biggest decisions to make and not something you want to get wrong.

James photographed our wedding 03/11/19.

We invited him to our house to meet him and he brought along some albums for us to preview his work and show us what he was capable of. He was very friendly, polite, and answered any questions that we had, even the silly ones!! He really knows his stuff, we were impressed. As soon as the front door closed behind him and he set off home, we messaged him saying that we wanted to go ahead and book him!!

He kept in contact with us all through the run up to the big day, and became more of a friend giving us hints and tips on how we can make the most of the service he was providing. On the big day he turned up on time (early, infact) with his assistant who was just as lovely as James.

He made 2 people that are usually very awkward infront of the camera feel so comfortable and it just felt natural. We have received our pictures and we love EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. It’s going to be so hard to pick our favourites for the album that we have ordered through him as we love them all. We have loved looking through them because most of the time we didn’t even realise he was there, sharing that special moment with us, taking some unbelievable pictures.

Everyone has commented on how our pictures are not like anything they have seen before, they are very unique, creative and they show our personality perfectly. Which is one of the reasons we went for James as he was up for trying anything and everything, whilst guiding us to get the best outcome.

Thank you James for everything you have done. We will see you again when we next need any kind of photo shoot, and will 100% recommend you to everyone we know. They’d be crazy not to have you.

Jody and Ashley - The Compasses at Pattiswick

James captured our wedding day on 29th February 2020.

The best thing we did for our wedding day was have James there to capture every moment. He was the first supplier we booked and we are so glad we did. From the first email we knew, James LOVES what he does. James doesn’t just take photographs, he creates beautiful images that capture the traditional wedding photos that you ask for and also so many memorable moments that you didn’t even notice! Not only is his work stunning, but he is just such a lovely person all around. We cannot express just how grateful we are to have had him as a part of our day. Thank you for everything!

Rachel and David - Apton Hall

James has a real passion and enthusiasm for photography, which shone through and helped us to get so many fantastic shots of our special day. We recently received the wedding albums and they are absolutely superb. The level of service we received was second to none – James is very responsive, super friendly and always happy to help with any requests. We have recommended James to all our friends and family – our maid of honour has already booked him for her wedding!

Anna and Richard - St John's College, Cambridge

James could not have done a better job. He was friendly and contactable the whole way through, a fair price and the pictures where amazing. It absolutely poured on my wedding day, but we still managed to get photos outside and without getting too wet either due to multiple umbrellas. We received the pictures in 3 weeks and they came out amazingly! There is a beautiful mix of natural and posed pictures to help us reminisce about the day. Will always recommend to any friends and family

Charlotte and Louis - Felixstowe

James shows passion and enthusiasm for photography and takes pride in his work which is exactly what we wanted when picking a wedding photographer – someone that loved what they do. On the big day, he took some incredible shots which really captured the feel of the day. More than that, he made having the photos taken relaxed and fun. We got to play with smoke grenades and champagne, which created some unique and beautiful shots that gave the wow factor. We are thrilled with the pictures that James took, and would recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. – Ali & Olivia

Olivia and Alistair - The Cambridge Belfry

James was professional and accommodating from the get go. He communicated promptly and we managed to see his portfolio and secure our date with speed and ease. Communication in advance of the day was excellent and James scouted out the venue in advance to ensure the day was perfect. He stayed late to get as many photo ops as possible. We received edited pictures quickly after the day and loved them. Our albumn is also beautifully crafted.

Louise and Pete - Colville Hall

James photographed our wedding and we are delighted with the outcome. Very friendly guy, good comms in booking process, gave us some good hints and tips in the engagement shoot which helped us on the day be more relaxed. Fantastic photographs from the day – there are photographs from every angle of the ceremony – but we never even noticed him at the time showing his quality in quietly going about his work and not distracting from the occasion. James had some great ideas as well for some more fun shoots and are so grateful for his work.

Abi and Mike - Wat Tyler Country Park

5* I couldn’t recommend James enough. From the very first message I sent, James has been friendly, Professional and approachable. We had our engagement shoot with James last weekend. Both of us dislike our photo being taken but James put us at ease from the start. He made the shoot fun and really knew his stuff when it came to positions. We love the photos he has captured and can’t wait to have him there to capture our Wedding Day. Thank you again James

Jemma and Adam - The Rose Barn on The Warren Estate

James did the photography for our wedding in April.
Me & my husband absolutely love the photos, they are fantastic!
James has a true talent and a keen eye for photography.
On the day James was friendly and managed to blend in with the guests and captured natural and beautiful photos.
James also did some brilliant photos in the evening with smoke bombs, champagne and sparklers – the photos really were lovely and they really capture how special our day was!

Amy and Mike - Essex Records Office and Writtle Sports Club

I would wholeheartedly recommend James for his creative eye, his energetic work ethic and considerate customer service.
Not only did James set up an engagement shoot to get us ready for the main event, he also visited our chosen venues prior to the big day to select the best locations for photos.
James’s passion for photography is incredible - he was brimming with ideas, he worked diligently to get the particular results we wanted and he is great fun to work with. We’re so glad we made the right choice. Thank you James for being our wedding photographer. Sarah and I are absolutely thrilled with the photos of the day - and the presentation box for the usb stick was such a thoughtful touch

Mike and Sarah - The Reid Rooms

James photographed our wedding in December 2017 at Wivenhoe House Hotel. We live abroad and were not able to visit our venue or meet James prior to the day but we spoke on the phone and he talked us through his experience and how the day would run, and even went to see the venue himself. On the day he and Lucy were very professional, blending in with the celebrations and taking lots of natural shots as we had requested, plus some more formal couple and family photos. He had lots of good ideas for photo locations around the venue, and had the idea to use smoke bombs to capture some really unique photos in the dark outside. We received the full set of photos within three weeks and were thrilled with how they came out. We would highly recommend James for his skill, professionalism, and creativity. 

Leah and Scott Davie - Wivenhoe House, Colchester, Essex

From the moment we booked with James, he was very professional and really seemed to care about getting us the best possible photographs of our wedding. We primarily had an engagement photo shoot, which enabled us to become more comfortable in front of the camera and get to know James (and his lovely assistant, Lucy), before the wedding day. This was a really good option for us as neither of us are naturals in front of the camera and we were a bit daunted by the thought of being photographed professionally! As well as being a useful experience, we also got some really lovely photographs of us. On our wedding day, James and Lucy were friendly, relaxed and unobtrusive. They made sure they took the photographs we had asked them to capture and plenty more brilliant shots that we hadn’t mentioned or thought of. Some of our favourite photographs were the natural, un-posed images that James managed to take of us, and our guests, without anyone knowing he was taking them. We would wholeheartedly recommend James to anyone else looking for a wedding photographer, everything was perfect. Now, we just need to find more wall space at home to display all our brilliant new photographs!

Amy and Tim (All Saints Church, Maldon and Channels)

The pictures are excellent; everyone has complimented on our wedding photography. Thank you so much, these images will be with us forever and we love them so much. We have had many comments on how skilled you were at capturing such natural photographs, without us even knowing you were there. We would both thoroughly recommend James Thomas Photography!

Pip and Tali (Botleys Mansion, Surrey)

Thank you for our lovely engagement photos!! Me and my partner aren’t the best at posing, but you made us feel really comfortable and made it fun! Now we have so many lovely photos to remember and celebrate this time, and you picked the perfect place to take them. Very professional and we are very pleased with the different styles of photos that you made for us. James is very thorough to ensure every moment was taken to capture the perfect photos.

We will be using James as our wedding photographer and recommend James to anyone looking for a professional photographer.

Abbie and Charlie - Hedingham Castle

My Fiancée and I recently booked James to do an engagement shoot. We described the kind of image we like and with James’s help and advice we decided to do the shoot at Layer Marney Tower. You can instantly tell that James loves his photography, he is so passionate about his work, always searching out creative locations and ideas.

James really does go above and beyond and with the help of his assistant has managed to capture us so many great images, we are so happy with them. I would have no hesitation in recommending James, can’t thank him enough for the stunning images he captured for us.”

Ugnius and Vaida - Layer Marney Tower

We ave been using James Thomas for quite some years now and have had the best quality and experience. James has the ability to work around the stage and theatre without you even knowing he is there. We wouldn’t want to use anybody else. 5*

Lisa Cureton - Sting Performing Arts

We highly recommend James. The photographs he took of our daughter are outstanding. They are beautiful and heartfelt, and we love every one of them.

James is extremely professional, knowledgeable and creative. He is exceptionally talented and clearly has a passion for what he does.

Simply put, he is an amazing photographer. Take a look at his photos… they speak for themselves!

James, you have captured memories that we’ll cherish forever – thank you!

Natalee and Mark

Thank you James, for the gorgeous photos you recently took of our 3 month old daughter. You were very professional and patient with a slightly grumpy and tired baby! It was really helpful that you came to the shoot with so many ideas for photo poses and you were also obliging enough to incorporate our own ideas. We are very happy with the photos – the range of photos and quality are excellent. I would happily, and highly, recommend you to my friends and family in the future. Thank You!

Erin and Andy

James was happy to meet us in our favourite park so we could get some photos of our son in a place that means a lot to us. He immediately put us at ease by taking the time to understand what sort of shots we wanted and building a rapport with Jacob.

We love the photos and they made a great present for the grandparents at Christmas. We are definitely booking some more photos in with our newborn. 

Thanks James

Lucy and Dave Clayton