James Kelly Photography


About James Kelly

I grew up in a rural community in the north east of Scotland, in fact I spent the early years of my life on the farm where the famous Mackies ice-cream was made, and I was lucky enough to be a child at a time when I could head out the door, explore the surrounding countryside, and return only when I was hungry. I enjoyed being in the great outdoors, and experienced first hand Scotland’s variety, colour, beasts and beasties. Weather was no barrier to an eager child if you wore the right clothes and had the right attitude!

I fell in love with photography from an early age and I have been working professionally since the age of 19.  After studying photography at college, I started a company, Modern-Image. Our specialty was promotional photography for bars & nightclubs. In 2009, I decided I wanted a new path in photography.  I sold Modern-Image and in the same year and by complete accident, I fell I love with the very different specialties of wedding and equine photography. 

As an adult, and as a photographer, in some ways little has changed. I still venture out into the wilds of Scotland, with the right kit, hungry for the right shot, facing sleet or dazzling sun, crossing coastal cliffs or hiking up rugged mountain ranges. Like so many people I have a passion for this land and attempt to convey its mystery and its magic in every shot.  The light in Scotland is a photographer’s dream and it’s a true pleasure to work here.  I don’t see how a photographer could fail to be inspired and captivated by Scotland’s landscapes. The countryside, the weather, the seasons, the wildlife; it’s simply enthralling and always challenging

The timeless quality about being a professional photographer is that at the end of the day, at the end of a shoot, when I’m exhausted and have captured the best shots I can, just like a child, I return home for dinner and start planning the next big adventure


Contact James Kelly

Website: www.jameskellyphotography.co.za
Email: jameskelly@jameskellyphotography
Contact: 078 569 1000