BOJO becomes PM

To be fair I didn’t cover any of the campaigning and the hustings, but I knew I wanted to cover the handover day when Theresa May stepped down and Boris took the helm. Was a long hot sticky day in Downing Street. I went down the day before to take part in a photographers ballot to get a reasonable position in the pen which actually wasn’t too bad. First Theresa made her final departure for PMQ’s in Westminster followed by her farewell speech with her husband Philip by her side. Boris arrived back to Downing Street from Buckingham Palace at 4pm after being officially asked by HM Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government.

He delivered a very energetic speech watched by his partner Carrie Symonds standing with his team who were outside Number 11.

Boris then posed for a photo outside the famous black door before heading in to start appointing his new cabinet (I didn’t hang around for this…too damn hot!)

My Morning at the Palace

Yes, I have to admit that I have a great job sometimes.

I get to photograph celebrities, politicians, musicians. I get to go to some amazing places and meet some rather interesting people.

While I was on holiday last week I got an email asking me if I was available to attend the first part of President Trump’s state visit to Buckingham Palace..obviously I said yes. I photographed Barack Obama when he met the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor castle, so it was an absolute privilege to be asked to take photos of Trump.

I know he’s not everyone’s “cup of tea” !!.

I was standing next to the official White House photographer who was lovely and we had a good chat In the pen while we waited for The president and the First Lady to arrive, landing on the lawn in Marine One. I was also hugely impressed with the helicopter pilots skill in manoeuvring the massive aircraft in a relatively tight space…

On landing the President was met by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall who escorted them up the stairs to meet with The Queen. After the ceremonial welcome the POTUS and Charles inspected the Grenadier Guards.

enough waffling on from me…her are the photos

Published Work

Always nice to see my efforts in print…

Batmitzvah Photography

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The Best of 2018 by James Shaw Photography

2018… it’s been a great year filled with some incredible parties. I’ve had the opportunity to work at some amazing venues and with some fantastic new suppliers. A huge Thank you to to all the party planners, DJ’s, designers, caterers, dancers, florists, sound technicians, lighting crews, videographers…I could go on.

But my biggest thank you is to all my clients of 2018…YOU SMASHED IT!!. And to my future and returning clients of 2019, I can’t wait to party with you!

Have a fab holiday and a Happy New Year!


News Coverage and The Royal Family by James Shaw Photography

Harry and Meghan's first official visit to Sussex

Let me start off by saying it was an early start. The alarm went off at 4am and I was on the road by 5.15am heading to Chichester. Their first stop was Edes House. The Grade 1 listed building dates back to 1696. Harry and Meghan were shown a rare copy of the American Declaration of Independence. I didn’t shoot stop 2 at Chichester University, however I legged it to Brighton for the third stop at the Royal Pavilion. I’ve been to Brighton Several times, but never been in the grounds of the Pavilion (just driven past it).

There Royal couple were greeted by schoolchildren from the Queens Park School. Harry and Meghan appeared to have loads of fun interacting with the kids.


Here’s some photos from the day

Harry and Meghan's Tour of Dublin

Prince Harry and the actress formerly known as Meghan Markle, now Meghan Duchess of Sussex went on their first royal overseas engagement together and I was there to cover it. Ive never been to Ireland before and to be fair I didn't really get a chance to see that much of it!. During their tour the young royals visited Croke Park stadium where they were treated to demonstrations of traditional Gaelic sports like Hurling and Camogie and they got a chance to meet some of their adoring fans. They also visited Trinity College and the Famine memorial in Dublin. They finished off the tour at the EPIC museum and Dog Patch Labs where they were met by hundreds of fans hoping to get a glimpse of the newlyweds. 

Some things I'll take with me from Dublin...they love a drink. There seems to be a pub or wine bar everywhere you look. The Guinness does taste better in Ireland. The Irish are so hospitable and friendly and the traffic in Dublin is a nightmare. I'd love to go back soon with the family and explore more of the Emerald Isle!