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…
Recommended Algarve Wedding Supplier Awards
Here we all are at the annual charity Algarve Wedding Directory end of Season Party receiving our Recommended Supplier Award, As you can see we are all very serious when together
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 Mya & Pixel and 6 chickens Ella, Stephanie, Rose, Alice, Betty & Nugget.
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.
My name is Olga Rosi.
2017 marks the 8th year anniversary from when I left my position of account manager in consulting company to join my husband who is a commercial photographer and filmmaker and decided to go full time with photography and make it my profession for life.
Up to this point I’d had experience in various genres from product and food photography, commercial and architecture to glamour and boudoir. Since starting doing wedding, family and lifestyle photography I haven’t been happier.
My husband and I opened our first photography studio in the Ukraine in 2011 taking advantage of different backdrops and flash lights over the nasty weather outside. But we wanted more natural light and sun, so three years later we decided to find a place with many sunny days during the year. What better place to find that natural light than in the Algarve where the sun rarely forgets to greet us each morning. With all this in mind my husband and I decided to pursue our vision. So with two young children and several suitcases full of equipment we came to the Algarve in 2015.
In 2017 we thought that the best way to promote the Algarve to the world is to cooperate with the best professionals in the industry and to pool our joint creativity. That’s when we approached James Hardie Photography Studios Team.
When James and Kellie met us in their beautiful photography studio on Guia, we understood from the first moment we’d be a great team. Their vision and passion for fine art wedding imagery inspires me to dream big and work hard for that perfect picture. I’m happy I met such talented and openhearted team and delighted to join as an Associate photographer.
As a part of James Hardie Photography team I’m looking forward to another great year photographing amazing families and couples on stunning algarvian locations.
My name is Brandon and I am a photography & Video assistant for James Hardie Photography, I assist the main team when they are shooting both photography and Video for weddings so you will often see me running around making sure the main shooters have everything they need from spare batteries to extra lighting. I am also being trained to be a second videographer to capture what we call “B Roll” at weddings. I moved to the Algarve from the UK when I was 4 years old with my family, I grew up and was educated here in Portugal and I am fluent in both English and Portuguese. I am also studying multimedia at Faro Collage in my spare time. I love this job and the diversity that every assignment brings.
My name is Megan and I am a studio assistant for James Hardie Photography, I have accompanied the team in the field on many weddings but I can be mostly found at the James Hardie Photography Studio making sure the studio runs smoothly during studio based shoots or keeping the studio ticking over whilst the team are out on weddings other assignments.
I am currently studying Tourism at collage but hope to find a career in event planning.