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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?
Mullins is having teething problems in ‘New Bunker Malmesbury’ and Boxgate continues. We talk about leaf shutters and why they’re not in our X-Ts and Ps, how an X100S deals with being sent to the bottom of a swimming pool, Mullins’ decision to upsize during a pandemic and we have news of an upcoming Kev and Neale documentary wedding workshop. Questions about the term ‘weekend warriors,’ two tier sensor cameras, the rights required for selling photos made at a music concert and a thought about company names. This week’s book of the week is ’The 1960s’ by David Hurn and he’s also our guest.
‘Boxgate’ lingers on, though Kev is more concerned by the boxes of Easter eggs he can squirrel away before the kids find them. Questions today include, do you befriend your clients, do women and men see differently, can the Fujifilm system cut it for pro work in the studio and are photographic eggs in one basket still a good idea post pandemic? Kev reveals the truth about his wedding earnings during the pandemic, we look at some tech specs of a particular Zeiss camera in order to talk about the camera of the future and muse over the ‘Duchess of Fujifilm’ and internal flash triggers. The book of the week is Raymond Depardon’s ‘Glasgow’ and Neale talks with John Mannell, the ‘Portrait per Day’ man about making street portraits and mental health.