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Broadcaster, photographer, filmmaker and now podcaster, Neale James has worn many hats during his three decades in the creative arts. His work in radio includes time spent presenting Rockline at BBC Radio 1 with guests ranging from NIN’s Trent Reznor to the first radio phone-in appearance by Take That!
He’s toured with Michael Jackson and Aerosmith and co-launched the UK’s first Internet-only radio channel.
Embracing a photography business, Neale found himself shooting weddings fifteen years ago, an unexpected diversion from a fledgeling commercial portrait business he was establishing. In that time he has photographed eight hundred weddings for a wide diversity of clients.
He first picked up a Fujifilm camera just after the launch of the X100 in 2011 and the developing cameras and types quickly became go-to kit for film making projects such as the Fujifilm and Magnum agency co-produced Home project. Now, a full-time Fujifilm shooter, he shoots with the X-T3 citing the 23mm and 56mm as his favourite glass and focal lengths.
Wedding photography, film and portrait commissions
Breathe Pictures podcast and commercial commissions
Loadingzone Podcast production
Kevin is an official Fujifilm X-Photographer and has been shooting exclusively with the Fujifilm X-Series since 2012.
Kevin has been shooting weddings for over ten years, during which his commitment to the documentary style of photography has been unwavering.
In reality, of course, this means more than just avoiding the “say cheese” comments – Kevin weaves a story at every wedding.
He believes that just like a written story there should be a start, a middle and an end, all linked to form a body of work that the clients will look back on with their own grandchildren in many years’ time.
Additionally, Kevin is very envious of Neale’s biography and can only add that Bill Gates owes him money and he once insulted Kylie Minogue (accidentally) by asking her who she was.
However, he has represented his country (Cymru) at Judo and has more tatoos than Neale.
Weddings and Family Photography
Fujifilm and Personal Photography
Ministry of Shadows
Have you listened to our latest episodes yet?
This week, choices choices; X100V or X-T30 with interchangeable lens? We also talk about finding a signature look in your photographs and whether you even need to think about a personal style, more on workshops, natural light versus strobe, the new wave of wedding postponements, f2 v f1.4 lenses in the Fujinon roadmap and shooting the birth of your child. Kev chooses his all time X100 favourite model, book of the week is Shutting up Shop by John Londei and Valérie Jardin, X-Photographer is our guest.
This week Kev (still in Bunker Malmesbury) and Neale talk about getting pictures out to the world from ’that march’ in Washington last week, X100 lens adapters, an invite to take part in the next ‘Ask Andreas’ feature, Kev tries to dodge the rumour mill on new gear, reveals he has been collecting random slides for years and we ask; “When is the right time to upgrade your camera body?” Also we ask; “Are you really using your lens properly” and “would you drink and photograph professionally?” Kev’s Book of the Week is Bruce Gilden’s ‘Face’ and our guest is Steve Smith FRPS, social documentary and street photographer.