Category: Commercial Photography


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Last week I was commissioned by a UK events company to document the UK China Business Summit at Mansion House where the UK government deepened it’s trade links with China. This was alongside the state visit to the UK by the Chinese President Xi.

In the slideshow above and the images below you see speakers, delegates, as well as the more familiar faces of Professor Brian Cox, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and President Xi of China.

This was an unusual job as it crossed the line between events work (which I’ve photographed before) and press photojournalism (which I’m much less used to). Each have their own ways of working and it was a healthy challenge to be bridging both disciplines. It kept me on my toes that’s for sure and pushed me non-stop for six hours.

Whatever the politics involved in the day, it was good to be photographing an historic event and, on occasion, to be the sole photographer given access to certain parts of the summit (some of which are presented in the slideshow above).

I guess that’s what I love about photography: having a watchful eye and persevering enough to be in the right place at the right time.

All images James Bellorini © Crown Copyright 

For the tech heads: all images were shot using a Canon 5D MkIII or a Fuji X-T1

James is a commercial, editorial and documentary photographer. He started shooting professionally in 2013 and has since worked with advertising agencies, design agencies, entrepreneurs, performers, musicians, DJ’s, singers, models, and culture and entertainment organizations/brands. Recent clients include: Siren Design, Glyndebourne Productions Ltd, Sonisphere UK, Stone Nest, The Old Vic etc. In September 2015 he joined the Redeye Network’s Lightbox programme for emerging photographers. 


The Inspiration Handbook by PhotoshelterPhotoshelter (creators of online portfolio platforms for photographers) have just released the latest in their series of free industry guides: The Inspiration Handbook. It’s full of hints and tips for all manner of photography and business related matters.

The Inspiration Handbook: 50 Tips From 50 Photography Trailblazers is an special one for me as I’m included (on page 24 if you want to know!).

Extra-special because it’s humbling to be included in these pages alongside some incredible photographers and industry professionals. Many of these folks I’ve admired for a long time (e.g. Zack Arias & David Duchemin) and remain my inspirations. I can’t believe I’m on the same pages as these guys!! Pinch me. Seriously.

When I took a change of course in my life 18 months ago, and set out to become a freelance photographer, I had no idea that the road would be one of such a lot of blood (not literally), sweat, (many) tears, self-doubt and financial ups and downs. So I’m really grateful to the people at Photoshelter for acknowledging me in this way. And in this kind of ‘stellar’ company. It really really helps to be encouraged so early in my career.

If you want to see some great photography and pick up some tips for your business (photography or otherwise) then the guide is available to download for free here. It’s worth the click.

 The Inspiration Handbook by Photoshelter



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