You deserve the best for your Special day… and… well… Thats Us!
James Hardie Photography has been leading the way in innovative photography for over 20 years, starting in product, property and portrait photography this soon carved a way into the wedding industry where our company excelled and led the way with breathtaking images that was achieved by simply having fun with our couples with no forced posing.
We soon added video options for our clients creating the same high standard imagery and beautiful story telling, but keeping the fun philosophy firmly in place. It was clear that the demand for our work was greater then the time we had to dedicate to new projects so the search began for like minded professionals to join the team.
Today we now have the only english run studio in the Algarve, we have 4 photographers, a dedicated drone pilot, videographer and media expert making up the James Hardie Photography Studios team.
Our company ethos has never changed and that is providing our clients with superior images in a fun environment.
Scroll down to find out more and meet the team…
Situated in Guia central Algarve is our Studio, we have a dedicated meeting room & reception where we can meet couples getting married and clients to discuss their needs, They can view various Albums, watch wedding videos we have produced and see actual images in real print. We have a no hard sell rule and only suggest options if asked, it is all very relaxed and we even have a chiller cabinet where cold drinks and if you twist our arm the odd beer are always available.
We have a dedicated office and print room for printing gallery quality images up to A3 in size. our studio and dressing rooms are to the rear where we have our portrait sessions, product shoots and workshops.
During the winter months we like to give a little back to the community by holding open days and workshops, our workshop courses include basic camera operations, introduction to studio lights, model workshop days and more…
Meet the Team
James Hardie Photographer/Videographer
I have had a passion for photography since I developed my first black and white negative at the age of 14, my camera has been my constant companion throughout my life. I love people, I’m Very outgoing and like to have fun especially with my couples I guess that’s why most of my friends are in fact past clients.
My photographic training carried on after collage and I studied under the famous English portrait photographer Ron Frampton who is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, I was also a member of the Royal Photographic Society.
Over the years I have won some awards for my work including image of the year from the VAME society and wedding supplier of the year from the Algarve Wedding Directory, But to be honest I did not become a photographer to win awards and I have no interest in them. However my wedding images have appeared on various websites, brochures, advertising material and UK bridal magazines which I am very proud of. I am always moving with the times keeping my equipment and software up to date, much to Kellie’s dismay, but Hey I like to keep with the times and I like to have the best equipment for the job.
I have shot weddings all over the world including the UK, Norway, Spain, Malta and Australia. Cinematography is another passion of mine and I have produced a number of property, promotional and wedding videos for large and small companies & private clients. Image making on a whole is my passion, I hope the love of my art shows in the images I produce. Family is the most important thing in my life, without them I would not have had the support to follow my dreams and do what I do.
My passion however is Weddings as I just love the drama and Romance between two people and I just love being creative at the one to one session, especially if the couple want to hit the cliff tops at sunset and have some fun.
I am also a approved member of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers.
I came to the Algarve from the UK in 1992 as a children’s rep for a well known holiday company. I feel as if I have a genuine ability to connect with people of all age groups and they seem to gravitate towards me which I just love. Like James I also had a passion for photography since an early age and my camera was never far from me, I have a keen eye for the smaller details that would sometimes be missed, I decided to turn professional as I felt that this is where my true passion lies. I have shot weddings alongside James in Portugal and the United Kingdom and I also have a passion for baby/family photography, I just love being around children.
I also have the pleasure of running the office and organising the team.
James and I met when James was on an assignment shooting properties here in Portugal, He blew me away with his keen sense of humour, warmth, passion for life and a smile that just melted my heart and after all these years he still has the same effect on me. With our love for photography it made perfect sense to work together, we bounce of each other and together we can provide our clients with the shots they demand but from different angles with our own unique styles…..We work, rest and play together and I am thankful I found my soul mate.
We love the Algarve and we currently live in the small village of Paderne with our 4 children Megan, Auron, Sam & Isabelle, 2 cats Tabitha & Luna, 2 dogs Dottie & Mya, 4 chickens Ella, Stephanie, Rose & Alice and our Hamster Midnight.
I, Zoe started out in music & events photography over six years ago where I quickly gained a reputation for quality & professionalism covering popular events like Glastonbury, Opening my own studio in the UK and moving to portrait, wedding & commercial photography came as a natural progression and my studio went from strength to strength.
I have been published in National & Local UK press. Music press, magazines & programs. Wedding publications. Commercial & Tourism publications. Contracts for product companies & Music Production & Music Festival companies.
My Husband, Daughter and I decided to live our dreams and start a new life in Portugal, I contacted James Hardie Photography to offer my services after hearing amazing things about them and after the first meeting we all felt a connection, we just seemed to just fit together so well. I now serve as second Shooter for the larger packages but I also head up James Hardie Photography’s team B and shoot the smaller more intimate weddings.
I am a member of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers, The Society of International Schools & Event Photography & the Baby & Newborn Photography Association.
Filip JM – Done Pilot
I am a freelance Drone pilot and Streaming engineer.
James and Kellie met me at a wedding in 2015 and they told me that I blew them away with not only my skill as a pilot but my skill as a videographer.
They asked me to join the team and with their passion for photography I just could not refuse, so here I am as their eye in the sky.
I have filmed all over the world including Morocco, Greece and Iceland for large Tour operators and although I still travel to film I take the summer shooting with my drone Algarve weddings adding that cinematic Wow factor to James Hardie Photography videos.
Heard of the live streaming? Well thats me, I also set up and co-ordinate it all at James and Kellie’s wedding ceremonies. I value James and Kellie friendship and commitment to their couples and we all work great together. I also run my own aerial film business Aero Foto where i am always flying my drone.
The Algarve is where I live with my wife and daughter.
I, Megan am the field assistant at James Hardie Photography, I join the team for most of the big packages when they are shooting photography and video, I carry equipment, bring drinks, fetch and carry from the car and do all that is required to make sure the team are happy doing their job.
I am currently at collage studying event management as this is the field I eventually want to work in and I love the experience I get from being the teams assistant.
I love working with James Hardie Photography, the day’s are long and the work is sometimes hard and my feet are killing me at the end of the day but I love being around people and I adore a wedding. Also I guess I was destined to follow down this path as my Dad and Mum are James & Kellie Hardie.