The Business of Photography

Tip-toeing your way through the minefield that is Freelance Photography can be a daunting task. Posts in this category focus on pricing, negotiating, networking and finding work as a freelance photographer.

Danish Imports: The Neuropyschologist

This blog post originally appeared over at matthewjames.dk Grasia Maria Banegas initially moved to Denmark from Honduras in Central America as a volunteer for MS (Action Aid Denmark), to join an educational program called Global Change, where she trained to become a campaigner and youth facilitator.  Coming from one of the poorest and most dangerous […]

The importance of taking a break

The biggest problem with being self-employed is trying to find time to switch off. I know plenty of people who run their own businesses and work 12 hour days, and maybe take a day off at the weekend. We tell ourselves, that such-and-such needs doing, or these 17 emails need answering, and so we get […]

Danish Imports: The Psychologist and her son

Due to some technical issues we’re running a little behind here, so let’s get back on track with our Danish Imports exhibition from last year’s photo exhibition. Today we take a look at the life of Chilean Psychologist Paula and her son. Paula Cavada gives multiple reasons for moving from Chile in South America to […]

Finally back online with the journal, but who’s it for, exactly?

This blog post first appeared on the journal page of www.matthewjames.dk Well that was an annoying five days, in regards to the journal. Just when I was starting to get in to the flow of writing regular updates I decide to go tinkering with the HTML code in the background (to make the user experience […]

Danish Imports: The Boxer

This entry was originally posted on my main journal over at www.matthewjames.dk The next story from last year’s Danish Imports photo exhibition comes from Michal Jezierski, who had a very long and interesting story to tell about his move to Denmark. Michal is perhaps one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and is full […]

Looking back on 2015 so far

This entry was originally posted on my main journal over at www.matthewjames.dk The last couple of nights have just felt like bliss, as I settle down on the couch and listen to the rain outside, knowing full well that my busy season is behind me. Since the build up to the Copenhagen Marathon began back […]

Teaching Photography in Copenhagen

This entry was originally posted on my main journal over at www.matthewjames.dk One area of photography I don’t shout about too much is my Shooting Copenhagen Workshops, but after this week it’s probably about time I gave myself a pat on the back and shared the story behind them with you. In the months (years […]

A New Blog Thingy

This blog post first appeared on the main journal over at www.matthewjames.dk I love writing. I just love words, and language, and the ability to express myself as clearly as possible. Sometimes the point or topic gets overlooked, or misinterpreted, or lost in translation, but generally speaking I think I’m pretty good at it. Back […]

Finding locations for great Wedding Photography Portraits

Another wedding came and went yesterday. It was an all day wedding, and those are mentally and physically demanding; especially when working alone. Imagine for 13 hours you’re trying to keep thoughts fresh and exciting, whilst remaining relatively anonymous and talking to yourself. Before any wedding I like to go and visit the location/s beforehand […]

When Matthew Met… Britney Spears

Wednesday, 30th September 2015 – Learning from mistakes – The Britney Spears Lingerie Fashion Show It was my biggest opportunity to date and I messed it right up. The good news is, I learnt from it – I think. It was exactly 12 months ago – September 2014 – and I had a press pass […]

Danish Imports: The Journalist

Continuing the Danish Imports theme, today we take a look at Brazilian Noemia Colonna’s story. “Sometimes it’s good to be like the Brazilians,” is Noemia Colonna’s advice to the Danes. “We’re easy-going, more flexible and and not too obsessed about planning and privacy. Breaking the rules is a great way to see what happens out […]

Danish Imports: The DJ

This is the third instalment of my Danish Imports blog posts, looking at the stories behind people’s decisions to live, work or visit Denmark. Today’s story focuses on Danish DJ, Nikolaj Yu Andersen. You can read previous stories about Meriel or Luke if you’d like a quick recap regarding the ideas behind the images and […]

First Published Photo. Ever!

It felt gooooood! This was the very first photograph I had published anywhere ever. It was back in 2004 and I was still slaving away for the very cool Internet Bank, Egg Plc. But for several months I’d been chipping away at a City & Guilds Photography Course (Home Learning) and it was going slowly, […]

Danish Imports: The Architect

Today I’ll be sharing the second story behind one of my Danish Imports subjects, Luke Lorimer. If you missed the first post then you can read it here. These images were used for my first exhibition, Danish Imports, which was held at Generator Hostel in Copenhagen throughout August and September, 2014. Australian classically-trained pianist Luke […]

Cheeky, thieving bastards!

I really couldn’t think of a better title for this blog post today. Allow me to explain. A couple of weeks ago I was literally shutting down for the summer holidays: computer, brain et al. During July most of Denmark is on vacation so it’s a pretty safe bet that emails will be limited and […]

Your Instagram pics are worth a fortune!

How one man made millions photographing other people’s work Ever heard of the American thief painter and photographer Richard Prince. It’s highly likely that you haven’t, but it might be worth remembering the name in case he starts following you on Instagram. In a gallery exhibition titled “New Portraits,” which ran at the Gagosian Gallery […]

Surviving the 2015 Copenhagen Marathon

The man’s face shimmered with sweat in the afternoon sun as his legs soldiered on. Mile after mile he continued through the streets of Copenhagen, whilst around him, thousands of runners struggled to keep going and crowds roared in his ears. His goal: to reach the finish line so he could start editing his pictures […]

The Sports Photographer on top of the World

If you’ve had your head in the sand for the past few weeks (or have just moved to the country) then you might have missed out on some pretty awesome news: the return of Red Bull Cliff Diving to Copenhagen. Back in June 2013, several of the world’s bravest athletes stood on the roof of […]

5 Things Every Photographer Needs to Know

Just starting out? Get to grips with these camera functions before anything else I was one of the lucky ones, starting out on a non-digital SLR camera. An Olympus OM-1 where loading the film was the first really important ‘setting’ I had to master. Then there was the ASA and the Manual Focus – two […]

Behind The Scenes: Lasse Sjørslev

How do you get a nice image when photographing with fluorescents?   Last week I was given the task of photographing TV2 News Presenter Lasse Sjørslev, and how pleased was I when it started to rain and snow just a few minutes before the shoot! Knowing that Lasse would have to change clothes at some […]

The Builder and The Window-Maker: A Modern Fable

Once upon a time there lived a Builder who was renowned for designing beautiful and interesting properties. One day he was commissioned to construct a block of flats with the one condition that he installed differently designed windows for each apartment and a magnificent front door to attract buyers. Over the next few months he […]

Matthew James: The Prequel

I love prequels and backstories. So much, in fact, that my partner wants it adding to my gravestone when I finally go. I’m always banging on about Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, and (just the other night) Downton Abbey! What great prequel stories they could create, I keep thinking […]

Re-editing Past Images

I can quite easily flick through all the pictures that I took prior to taking the NCTJ Photojournalism course, and not pay a single bit of attention to them. But as I take more and more images for other people and companies, I find myself returning to my own personal snaps more often. In June […]

The Danish Imports are coming!

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog calling for non-Danes to step forward to be part of a new exhibition I’m hosting. The response was insane, I’m pleased to say, and after some heavy vetting, I managed to narrow it down to just a few people. To quote the official Facebook Event Page, ‘Danish […]

Paptastic

Poor Princess Mary. And I mean that sincerely. For a good couple of hours she was hounded by men with cameras (including me, I should admit) and they just would not leave her alone. It was a couple of Saturdays ago here in Copenhagen and the weather was hot hot hot. A children’s anti-bullying relay […]

Foreigners wanted in Denmark

Right then, who wants to be photographed? More importantly, who can tick off each and every one of the requirements on this list, and wants to be photographed? i) You were not born in Denmark ii) You have either A) Moved here permanently or, B) moved here temporarily iii) Or, you might be visiting Copenhagen […]

Copenhagen Marathon 2014

Since 4:56am I’ve been scrolling through hundreds and hundreds of images from yesterday’s Copenhagen Marathon and the same faces keep showing up. The difference in each picture, however, are the looks on their faces, as things gradually go from jolly and exciting to nightmarishly strenuous. As I set off on my bike yesterday morning shortly […]

London’s G20 Riots

The crowd were all facing the same way but nobody was moving. I strained my neck to try and get a better view, but apart from the general chatter of the thousands of people around me and the police and news helicopters circling above, I was still none the wiser of what was going on. […]