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Commercial Photographer Cornwall – James Darling Photography

As a commercial photographer based in Cornwall my work takes me all over the world;  Cornwall, London, Tresco, Dubai and America amongst other places.

I use the same unique, natural, reportage photographic style as I do when photographing a wedding or family so the photographs are authentic; they look and feel real – because they are real. I don’t need lots of set-up photo opportunities. Where there are people and activities that can be photographed naturally I always advise it – because the resulting images bring alive the core of the business.

Current clients who have commissioned me to provide photographs for their websites, digital media and marketing include: Tresco Estate and Island, Harbour Brewing Company, Youngs & Co brewery, John Bray & Partners, Menai Holiday Cottages, The Outbuildings, and Sibos all of whom feature in the commercial gallery.

The commercial photography I offer is designed for companies and individuals, who have an almost constant need for aspirational, interesting, eye catching, unique photography for their websites, digital media and marketing.

In the Google age, keeping ahead of your competition is even more important than ever. A visually stimulating, interesting, up to date website is vital. Websites, blogs, social media profiles and marketing materials all benefit hugely from real, professional photography.

My clients want more than mass-produced, unimaginative stock images. They strive for better and want the individuality and unique edge that they know a commercial photography commission gives them over their competitors.

They know they have a great brand – they just want to really shout about it. That’s where great commercial photography comes in, reinforcing your brand and increasing sales.

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“James has worked for me on many occasions and will continue to do so due to his professionalism, phenomenal work ethic, dependable nature and that wonderful artistic eye of his. His work is continually excellent, my clients are blown away by his work, and he goes beyond the brief to deliver a collection of work that ticks all the boxes and sets new standards for future briefs. Our work is international and for those Blue Chip clients who expect everything and it has taken us from London to Dubai, Boston and Singapore so far. When I have James on my team I feel very assured and in the knowledge that he would never let anyone down.”

I photograph what is happening in front of me, capturing that moment, that emotion, that memory. Which for me, is what photography is, what photographers should do: fitting 1/125th of a second of real life into the 35mm viewfinder, and distilling that moment.

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“I have worked with James on two editions of the Tresco Times and on images for our website. This has involved everything from interiors to kayaking to chickens to food. Nothing seems to ruffle his professional feathers and his work has been consistently of the highest standard. He is extremely good at dealing with a diverse range of people and situations and is a joy to work with. I would recommend him unreservedly.”

The photographs have to be natural and real so that they are interesting and different enough to grab customers’ attention – making them instantly aspire to buy that bottle of Harbour beer or to book that holiday to Tresco Island. 

“Photographer James Darling lives near to our brewery and regularly joins us for a surf. He is an amazing photographer and has worked with us to create the photographic images to support our brand. You’ll see more of his images throughout our website and supporting our brand in marketing material. Our website is a showcase for his work – we love working with him.”

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I also work for a number of charities including St John Ambulance, Girl Guiding, Macmillan, Bliss and FareShare. Great photography can really help a charity with fundraising and raising profile. This is an area I am immensely proud of and a buyambiencheap.com brilliant arena for my photojournalistic skills to come into their own. The photographs have to be real enough to pull on the heart strings, personify the charity’s cause and thus make their target audience feel compelled to donate immediately.

“Due to the sensitive nature of photographing on a neonatal unit, where anxious parents watch on as their tiny and sick babies receive intensive, sometimes lifesaving care and treatment from doctors and nurses just yards from where they are sat, finding a photographer who could work effectively yet considerately in this environment was key. With his considered and personal entirely professional approach, James was able to capture a whole range of intimate moments on camera, with such subtlety and delicacy that he never once disturbed the environment he was working in. James more than fulfilled the brief he was given and I would not hesitate in recommending his services to anyone looking for a highly skilled, qualified and yet personable photographer.”

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I love the variety commercial photography offers; photographing tiny babies on special care baby units to help Bliss fundraise, long days and nights capturing wild, Cornish imagery for the award-winning www.harbourbrewing.com. Photographing a young family on holiday for The Tresco Times, running up mountains and discovering remote beaches on beautiful, mysterious Anglesey for Menai Holiday Cottages. Capturing the essence of Cornwall for John Bray & Partners, interior property shoots for private holiday rentals and large banking conferences in Dubai and Boston.

Commercial photography commissions take me all over the world and in lots of different directions.

“It is a pleasure to work with James, his understanding and love of the coast, the elements, people and life in general jump out in his work. I like photographs that stand out from the crowd, James finds that unusual picture you want, when it arrives it’s a YES moment. This is what separates him from other photographers, as well as working with a thoroughly nice company, it is a joy to work with him.”

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“You worked tirelessly, yet so unobtrusively and have produced some wonderful images that will help cement the party in our minds forever. You have so beautifully frozen the night in time, that we can enjoy it all over again. It’s a huge compliment to you that someone said ‘photographs? I didn’t see a photographer..’ you worked your magic without people realizing it – so a million thanks.”

To find out more about the commercial photography I offer please do get in touch.