Why choose Barry James Photography for your wedding day?

We are full time, qualified, fully insured and yes … award winning wedding photographers. We have had the immense pleasure of photographing some truly fantastic couples on one of the most important, emotional and exciting days of their lives, well over 1000 couples over the last 25 years. We have photographed all manner of people and events throughout our career but without doubt there is nothing to compare with the wonderful experience of working with a bride & groom on their wedding day. We will always give what you would like rather than what you must have, it’s your wedding day, we are there to share, enjoy and record the day as it unfolds…. To us wedding photography is not simply our business…it is also our passion. Use our experience to help make your experience a happy and successful one.
Gorgeous wedding photographs in St John the Baptist in Armitage by Armitage Wedding Photographer Barry James

Our Philosophy and Style

At Barry James we believe it’s you, the Bride & Groom who should be centre of attention on your wedding day – not the photographer. It is our job to capture the very essence of the day to provide an album full of memories of people, a little family history, moments of fun, happiness and emotion and the all important detail of the day, with plenty of natural relaxed images of the bride & groom as the story of your special day unfolds. Above all throughout our meetings prior to the day we listen to you, exchange ideas so that we can provide the perfect coverage for you. We were trained a number of years ago in the Classical art of Wedding Photography, when before digital every shot mattered and we still pay attention to the elements that make for a good photograph – lighting, background, composition and above all expression, but the age of digital photography has given us freedom to ensure everything that makes your day unique & special is there for all to see. This knowledge means we are one of the few that are fortunate enough to be able to combine many aspects of photography for you to treasure lifelong – contemporary, candid and with just the merest hint of retro classical in a wonderful blend of natural colours and timeless monochrome black & white images – truly magical. 


Who are Barry James?

Barry James is an independent family business operated by a fully qualified, professional, international award winning photographer – Les Woodhams.

The team is completed by:-



Controls all correspondence and finance, together with liaison with our suppliers to obtain the very best level of performance for you.
She will be the person in most regular contact with you.



eldest son – a fully qualified award winning photographer (Stuart James Photography) provides us with his unrivalled talent in editing, design and presentation. Stuart will work with you to prepare and present your final Album.


youngest son – again fully qualified (Stephen James Photography) , completes the team. Stephen usually joins Les to provide a two photographer coverage on weddings that require this service.


Les has been consistently producing superb wedding photographs for more than 30 years, working throughout the UK and Europe in hundreds of locations and venues from small and intimate to grand and splendid. He trained with Kodak, the Guild of Wedding Photographers and the Fuji School of Professional Photography. Les has won well over 100 awards gaining worldwide recognition for his creative images.

Les is a past member of both the Master Photographers Association and The British Institute of Professional Photography being awarded Associateship for his high standard or work by both organisations.

He also achieved the status of Craftsman in Wedding Photography,the highest honour with The Guild of Wedding Photographers.

Les has had the pleasure of photographing all types of weddings: English, Greek, Jewish, Polish, Chinese, Caribbean, Traditional and Civil, for all types of people – from the ‘Girl next door’ to professional sportsmen, TV stars and celebrities.
He has however never forgotten his most important wedding – it was the last one – that is until the next one – it could be yours…