James Darling


I first started taking photographs as a Royal Marines officer commanding a combat camera team in Iraq. Rather than be part of the events that I was witnessing, I wanted to document them - the camera offered me this opportunity. In 2002 I retrained as a photographer at the University of Westminster, London and after graduating with an MA in Photojournalism, I worked at Reuters for three years.

Based near the beautiful north coast of Cornwall, my photography takes me all over the world. I am lucky to have a variety of clients and a variety of work. Many photographers focus on one area while I thrive on the variety that my work offers: lifestyle, weddings, events, family portraiture, commercial, charity and photojournalism commissions. What links this diverse work is my reportage style: photographing moments as they actually happen rather than staging or setting up something artificial.

Elle magazine UK

“With his experience as a photojournalist in Iraq, James uses reportage photography to ‘tell the story of the day’ and then produces beautiful albums with colour and black and white images. As a dashing former Royal Marine, he also makes a wonderful wedding accessory!”

Maeve & Clifford

“Photographs are fantastic - thank you. I’m sure everyone says the same but it is truly amazing how much you miss and how much the wedding photographs give you back the day again from someone else’s perspective giving you so many moments you’d forgotten. As far as the day is concerned you were professionalism personified with plenty of humour, required military control and fun thrown in to make it an absolute pleasure to have you with us. So many people have commented on how good you were and how much fun - the ladies seem to have a soft spot and the guys appreciated the humour!”


Blending into the background whilst the bride and bridesmaids giggle, running up Welsh mountains, charging after busy toddlers, discovering remote beaches, testing boundaries in conflict zones, reassuring the best man and groom at the altar, documenting tiny babies on special care baby units, getting ‘that’ photo for every client. I tell stories with images whatever the environment, photographing events as they happen, unobtrusively capturing unique and natural moments.


This variety, I hope, keeps my mind alive and my style fresh, interesting and different.

Eddie Lofthouse, Harbour Brewery Company

“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.”