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!

Barmitzvah Photography by James Shaw.

Your feet are sore and you are partied out!.. but so worth it as you've had the most amazing time celebrating with your nearest and dearest. After the big weekend is over your photographs are what you have to remind you of your Simcha, something that will be looked at and enjoyed for future generations, documenting a milestone in your family's history. I will make sure that you have the best memories possible!. Call me on 07970 826 630 or email to discuss your requirements.

2018 So Far...SO GOOD

We are almost at the end of March and it's been a crazy 3 months for James Shaw Photography. Some incredible Simcha's, late nights, partying hard with some of the most "Mad For It" people out there!. I've photographed some lovely venues and worked with some of the best party planners, caterers, dancers and suppliers in the business. I've eaten some delicious food, boogied to some superb tunes and even fallen off the stage a couple of times!! (nothing too serious) but when you have a passion for your job you tend to throw everything you have at it..which is what I always strive to do!.

Here are some of my highlights of the year so far. As for the rest of the 2018...BRING IT!!

...Watch this space

Exciting times ahead here at James Shaw Photography. I've recently been branching out into the world of corporate photography and so far so good as they say. I've completed a brochure containing environmental portraits for a luxuryYacht design studio. I've also been busy with headshots and environmental portraits for various city law firms and my regular gig photographing investitures at Buckingham palace, The House of Lords and The Royal Courts of Justice. So the time is approaching to launch my new (Business brand).

My new website is in the design process at present, but I hope to be launching very soon. The new website will run separately to


The British Fashion Awards

Last night was one of the biggest events of the fashion calendar, the British Fashion Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall.  The red carpet was full of celebrities from the world of fashion and entertainment including Selena Gomez, Pink and the Victoria's Secrets models. Done for another year...enjoy

Prince Harry gets engaged

I was planning on spending today doing 3 things after I got up. One was to have a meeting with a potential Client, then catch up on some editing and finally I was going to get myself down to the afternoon showing of "Justice League". Great I thought, sounds like a plan and I'll get to spend the evening at home. That was until I got a call from my agent at 10 asking me if I'd seen the news about Prince Harry and his girlfriend, Meghan Markle announcing their engagement and that there would be a photocell outside Kensington Palace, and could I make it...OF COURSE I COULD!!. 

The Press office for the palace did a draw to see what positions we would have for the photocall..I got 67, and to be honest it wasn't so bad. Freezing my nuts off, but all worth it I thought. Justice League will have to wait


Hyper Japan Cosplay

I saw this event pop up as a sponsored ad on Facebook and I decided to check it out yesterday..the power of sponsored ad's works ;) The event is running at Tobacco dock, Wapping from the 24-26th November. Lots of really cool things to see and to eat and drink, I tried some awesome Sake and some Soy Ramen noodle soup which was delicious.

Also there were lots of colourful cosplayers recreating their fav Anime characters. I've said this before, they really put loads of effort into their costumes. 


Isabel's Batmitzvah

Bleary eyed and I've lost my voice, just another full on weekend of partying. Last night was with the lovely Rose family celebrating Isabel's Batmitzvah. DJ Matt Frankel provided the soundtrack, Luvli Events provided the decor and Jagbir Basin filmed everything! 

The BFI London Film Festival Highlights

Another year another London Film Festival done. Leicester Square has been my second home for the last 10 days with some other visits to London Cinema's thrown in.  Tricky one to really think of the best premiere. My favourite job was the "My Generation" premiere at the Curzon Chelsea with Sir Michael Caine attending. The photo of Sir Michael posing next to a poster of him from the 1960's was my favourite pic from the film festival...Normal service now resumes.

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London Fashion Week SS18

It's that time of the year again. To be honest I've got off pretty lightly this season as I can only do a couple of days, but that's enough!. It started with the kooki duo Vin + Omi on Monday featuring the magnificent Debbie Harry walking the catwalk, and on opening day I covered the Adidas show by Hailey Baldwin with Jude Law's son Rafferty walking the catwalk and finishing off with a theatrical spectacular at the London Palladium by Joshua Kane. Busy Barmitzvah(ing) this weekend. Normal service resumes on Monday

Strictly Come Dancing launch

Been a bit late posting this one, but bear with me...been a mad week. BBC Broadcasting house on a humid Bank holiday Monday played host to the launch for the new series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. More Spandex and sequins than you can shake a stick at and collection of contestants from the world of music, tv, stage...and even a representative from the church will be shaking his funky thang...

Cirkus Cirkör

I photographed them today...great performances..can't think of much else to say really, so here's a bit of background I liberated from Wiki.

Cirkus Cirkör is a Swedish circus company, and is today Scandinavia's leading performing circus company within the art form of contemporary circus. Cirkus Cirkör has toured the world with a number of successful and praised circus shows. The company has also been influential in establishing new schools and training courses for aspiring contemporary circus artists in Sweden and Scandinavia.

Celebrity Big Brother

Last night saw the start of the summer season of Celebrity Big Brother and once again loads of "Ex's" entered the Big Brother house in Elstree Studios. Looks like it has the makings of a good one this year. Best outfit of the evening hands down goes to American Blogger Trisha Paytas.

Photography Training

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London Film and Comicon 2017 Day 1

Today I popped my comic convention cherry. Never been to one before although I'm a huge fan of all things sci-fi and superhero related. Took a while to get going but ended up really enjoying the day. The Cosplayers were amazing, my favourite was the couple who paid homage to the Netflix series "Stranger Things"...AND HODOR!!!