James has taken family photos for us as well as pictures at an event. Im not artistic at all, and he's great at helping me think through the types of pictures we want. I'm always interested in some posed shots and some candid shots, and I'm always delighted at the mix of photos we get. James is a professional with lots of different equipment, and he takes the time and effort to most effectively use it in the environment he's in. He's incredibly kind and funny, and therefore gets a genuine smile out of his subjects. He's flexible and fun and wants to give you the photos that you want. I've worked with other photographers who take tons of pictures (5 of the same thing), and the first time I worked with James, I was surprised at how he takes the time to set up the photo properly for the lighting and makes sure he gets it right (instead of just snapping a lot of pictures and hoping one comes or as I suspect other photographers may be doing).