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Jon James is a London-based commercial photographer specialising in the portrait, property, education and event sectors. He is the more ‘Commercial’ alter-ego of award-winning Advertising and Portrait photographer Jonathan Cole – James being Jon’s middle name.

Born and raised in Portsmouth, Jon was fascinated by his Dad’s cameras for as long as he can remember. Moving to London to study a degree in graphic design was followed by eight years spent as an Art Director in the ad industry. Creating everything from doordrops to telly ads, all the skills and experience he gained during time have proved invaluable since making the switch to professional photography in 2004.

Working for a wide range of clients, from large multinationals to small businesses, he brings a well-rounded creative perspective to the demands of any shoot. A warm, natural style for people is paired with a graphic approach to architectural photography with a keen eye for the details.

Jon is very much a people person and prides himself on being very easy to work with. Quick to form a rapport with clients and subjects alike, his love and wide-ranging experience of photography is evident in everything he does. Unobtrusive when required, but also more than happy to step up and direct a shoot, his fresh and contemporary style of photography has satisfied clients returning again and again.

He likes his job.


The AA, Autotrader, Barratt Homes, Havas Media Group, British Dental Association,
Cancer Research UK, Fuel Integrated, Institute of Directors, The Land Registry, MATCH Hospitality,
Wunderman, Association of Optometrists, Farebrother, Tuckerman, Sevenoaks School,
Kings College School Wimbledon, Queen Mary University London, Forest School Snaresbrook,
EH&WLC, Woldingham School, Regent’s University London…and more.


“Jon is simply fantastic. Being as great with people as he is, his subjects immediately feel at ease in his presence. Jon is super-willing and super-calm; a joy to work with and very much my go-to guy for all things photographic. I have worked with him for several years now, and over time I have found little need to provide much of a brief such is his understanding of me and our school. His work speaks for itself and hand on heart I wouldn’t dream of using anyone other than Jon.”
Humayon Pramanik, Trust-wide Communications Manager, E-ACT
“Thanks for all your work and infinite care on this – the images are wonderful!”
Sarah Jackson, Brand & Creative Manager, Regent’s University London.
“I have just looked through the pics and I love them. Really great shots. Thanks so much again for being so flexible. Hugely appreciated and the beautiful pictures are a credit to your adaptability! And of course, you’ll be my first port of call in future.”
Sarah Wragg, Group Communications Director, Havas Media Group.
“Jon is a pleasure to work with. He is flexible, cheerful, conscientious and his background as a creative is a massive plus. For Podge Events he has worked with the sport, music and creative communities and he fits in equally well with all guests. Together with his talent for always capturing great images it makes him an all-round great photographer.”
Phil Jones, Director, Podge Events.
“Well done Jon! As usual you were there for us and delivered.”
Carla Greco, Creative Director, The AA.
“Jon has been our official photographer at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition for several years now and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The event calls for every type of photography, from professional headshots to capturing the essence of a party night and we have never been disappointed by the quality and choice of images we’re presented with. He always interprets the brief accurately and with creativity, working in a highly professional and friendly manner, making it easy for us at every step. I would highly recommend him for any corporate photography you require, events or otherwise!”
Sarah Rockliff, Events Team, British Dental Association.
“Thanks for the AutoTrader team shots – you captured personality in all of them. Nice job on what could of been just a bunch of mug shots!”
Brendan Vincent, Creative Director, Fuel Integrated.
“I think you’ve captured the evening and the guests perfectly! We really appreciate it.”
Alice Hall, PR & Marketing Executive, Thomas Lyte.
“Jon’s creative approach and the enthusiasm with which he collaborates with our in-house design team is a breath of fresh air – he’s our go-to photographer whenever we need top-notch creative work. We consider Jon to be one of the team rather than a paid supplier, and his work for us over the past decade has enabled the University to stand out in a crowded market.”
Kelly Burrows, Head of Design & Branding, Queen Mary University London.
“Great shoot. You did a fantastic job with the variety of case study students and there’s so many lovely shots we can use. Thank you so much, this is going to do wonders for our course promotion!”
Helen Green, Senior Designer, Imperial College.
“I must say the photos look AMAZING!! I’m blown away! You are a true professional – I am so proud of the outcome.”
Georgina Garcia Santisteban, Design Manager, EH&WLC.
“Fantastic photos. We are absolutely over the moon. I shall be the first signature on the petition for your sainthood.”
Neil Stevenson, Junior Associate, Demos.