About John and Jems Photography

John & Leon

My photography story

My First CameraHi. I’m John and this is my son Leon. Photography found me at the age of five when my grandmother gave me my first camera and has been with me ever since.  I’ve got a lot to thank my grandmother for as she saw how my interest grew into a passion and helped me purchase my first ever professional camera at the age of 18. This allowed me to develop as a wedding photographer and continue ‘painting with light’!

My first ever camera! Don’t worry I now use only the very best in Canon professional camera equipment and I have all the professional insurance indemnity required by wedding venues today.

It’s all about your story

There are lots of photographers who take great images, well-lit and beautifully composed of brides and grooms, but how many of them actually tell the story of the greatest day of your life?  I’d like to think that I do.  Sincing starting Jems in 1998, I’ve had the honour and pleasure of photographing nearly 1000 weddings and telling couples’stories in the West Midlands, London, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, other areas of the UK and destination weddings in Europe.

Not only have I met lots of lovely people, but it’s also given me the experience and understanding of weddings to ensure I capture your day how you want. Each and every wedding is different from the last – and that’s what I love about my job! Thanks to my reputation, skill and sheer love for what I do, I get to be part of your biggest day and capture your story rom bridal preparations through to the ceremony, then the celebrations right up to just after the first dance (or even later if fireworks are part of the plan.)

My photography style – it’s all about you!

Over the years I’ve always pushed my creativity and tried to keep ahead of the curve when it comes to the very best in photography.  I find a natural,relaxed style, where I capture your day as it happens, works best. I combine documentary style photography with my experience of using film, so every image I take is well-framed, and means something to you (I don’t believe in a ‘point and shoot’ scattergun approach). At every wedding we find the time to take a step back from the day and enjoy an intimate photo shoot with just the two of you – again in a relaxed, natural, contemporary style that reflects your personality.

And for those of you worried about having your picture taken, I don’t need you to love the camera – just show your love for each other on your wedding day and I’ll do the rest. And the result: stunning images, presented in gorgeous bespoke GraphiStudio storybooks.  Don’t worry – you’ll get a USB stick of all the images too included in the price and jointly licensed to you so no watermarks to worry about!

And finally…

Please take a look at some of the galleries on my website where you’ll see happy, relaxed, smiling people – friends, family, brides, grooms, bridesmaids, sharing the emotions of the day.  It’s these people who make a wedding and create the story that I tell through the lens. See some of my favourite wedding photography here http://www.jemsphotography.co.uk/jems/wedding-favourites/