200 miles, 3 cups of tea, 1 happy Client: Bristol and back in a day: 27th Feb 17

A slightly unusual one last Friday, as I hopped on the bike and rode down to Bristol to shoot some portraits. The Client was Helen Nott, CEO of the Charlton Nursery Group. She needed some new shots for an upcoming PR piece and news article about female entrepreneurs.

Helen hadn’t had professional shots done before and despite her protestations of nerves was a pleasure to work with. Luckily the day was warm (for February) so I arrived with my fingers not too frozen and could still feel the camera. We found several locations in and around the nursery and with a couple of wardrobe changes created a sizeable bank of portraits. 

Helen and Jess Morgan from Carnsight (, her PR agency, were delighted with the outcome. And I was delighted it only took 2hrs 15 to ride home from Bristol to London in Friday rush hour traffic. Thank goodness for motorbikes! Here are the two final images which were chosen.

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Portrait shoot for Graphic Structures: 1st Feb 17

I had a great, but chilly, afternoon on location around Old Street yesterday with the guys from Graphic Structures, a structural and civil engineering consultancy.

Keen to avoid the general perception of engineers as formal, straight-laced and uncreative, they wanted their new portraits to reflect a fresher and more dynamic approach. We were spoiled for choice with all the textures and backgrounds we found to work with and I really enjoyed working on such an open brief.

We managed about six different locations in two hours and they and I were delighted with the results, a few of which you can can see below.

Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to see what I can do for you and your team!

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QMUL Laws portraits: 26th Jan 17

A portrait afternoon yesterday at Queen Mary University London, updating shots for the Law Dept faculty. A nice and simple one-light setup with a reflector providing a bit of fill, utilising the stylish wooden panelling on the staff room wall, and everyone is looking a lot more professional. Check out the before/after to see what a difference some well-considered portraits can make.

As is often the case, I heard a lot of “I hate having my photograph taken” and “I’m not photogenic at all.” But as always happens, a nice and relaxed 5-10 mins with each subject and everyone is now much happier – and pleasantly surprised! – with their new portrait. Job done!

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Jon James London is live! 16th Jan 17

I’m very pleased to be able to announce my new website is now live. Showcasing my commercial work in the portrait, property, education and event sectors, it’s the long-overdue sister site to my advertising work at

Have a look around and I hope you’ll like what you see. I’m very pleased with how it’s come together. And needless to say, if I can be of help with any forthcoming photographic projects, please feel free to drop me line at or call for a chat.

Oh, and if you were wondering, James is my middle name!


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