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I am from North East Scotland. I live with my fiancée, Iris, our sons James jnr, Silas and our Working Cocker Spaniel, Suzie.  I'm energetic and sometimes a bit silly!  I am completely mad about everything photography.

I am lucky as I truly believe I have the best job around.



I discovered photography when I was 11 but it was not until when I was nineteen that it became obvious that photography was my future. After studying photography at college I set up a company called ‘Modern-Image’, photographing people enjoying nights out in bars and night clubs. At the end of the day it was about capturing people in the moment enjoying time together.  I sold ‘Modern-Image’ in 2009 to explore new avenues of photography. Since 2010 I’ve immersed myself in wedding photography, capturing beautiful images and precious moments. My days creating ‘Modern Image’ helped me develop my people skills and honed my ability to photograph guests without interrupting the flow of their evening.


I would say I am a rare breed of photographer as I don’t just shoot weddings, I LOVE weddings and interacting with everyone in attendance.  My work has been described as spontaneous, relaxed and real.  I’d like to think it’s a bit quirky, a little cheeky, with an element of emotion and a splash of fun. Apart from taking photographs my other passions are cooking, running and hill walking. I find this the best way to clear my mind which allows me to seek inspiration and come up with new ideas.  I live with my fiancé Iris (we are plaining our own wedding), our son JJ (James jnr), Silas (Prounouced Cee-Las) and our energetic working cocker spaniel Suzie.  I’m available to cover weddings anywhere in the Scotland, the UK and further afield.


The day you have spent so much time preparing for, dreaming of and investing in will go by so quickly and that is one of the key reasons to invest in a wedding photographer who can tell the unique story of your day. Your wedding is truly a ‘once in a lifetime’ event and expectations are high. Please be reassured that my experience as a wedding photographer has taught me many key skills that will ensure you receive unforgettable and inspired images to last a lifetime.

The last time I counted I’d captured 150+ weddings and each one is unique and special. I’m not the type of photographer who bosses guests around or takes the couple away for hours on end. This is not me. Although I like to get involved I am there to document your day as it should be - natural. I like to be in attendance all day.  A wedding doesn’t start at noon and finish at 8pm.

I cover everything the day has to offer, from early morning preparations to the evening dancing. I’m flexible and will do everything I can to ensure you have a fantastic collection of images to cherish forever. I believe in building good relations with my couples, and letting them know that there’s no such thing as a stupid question, and no request is too much. It’s not every day you get married and it has to be perfect. I look forward to hearing from you and photographing the most important day of your life.


Associate Photographers

What is associate photography? I’m often booked for dates 18 months in advanced and sadly I have to turn down many weddings. Rather than sending them to other photographers, I wanted to work with these couple and offer the same high level of professionalism and quality of photography they would have received from myself. I spent years building a team of talented photographers who photograph and think like me when it comes to weddings.

All business, editing and album design will be overseen by myself as the founder the company. If you love the style and approach of James Kelly Photography, but I’m not available, you can now work with one of my two Associates, who are both talented professional photographers.

Click here to learn more and meet my Associate Photographers