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James Lightbown

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Hello! I’m James, a London fashion photographer and director; shooting advertising, beauty, lingerie, swimwear and specialising in luxury lifestyle.

Originally a warehouse raver from Blackburn, Lancashire, I spent the latter half of the 90s exploring the world on cruise ships - visiting over 150 ports in six continents. I found my first camera in the back of a taxi in Miami after a few weeks in the job, and with no formal training I traded beer with the onboard photographers for their help and advice.

In 2001 I returned home with the goal of developing my travel-photography hobby into a career as a fashion photographer. Over the following years I’ve shot everything from huge, multi-country productions with a cast and crew of over 60 to small, streamlined studio shoots. From rolling around on a carpark floor in the cold November rain to shooting in desert sandstorms and sweltering 43° heat when the laptop gets heat exhaustion!

I’m married to Emma; a fashion stylist, set designer, art director and integral part of Team Lightbown. We’ve been based in London for over 10 years with a beautiful little studio on the banks of the Thames that has the most amazing views.

In 2012 I moved into directing and love it, having just as much fun behind the monitor as I do behind the camera.

Please check out my website for a full selection of images and if you’d like a chat about anything, I love a good old natter be that via phone or Zoom or you could simply drop me an email.

Thanks for getting this far!

Summary Client List:
St George, Durkan Homes, Telford, Royal Atlantis Dubai, Honda, GHD, Sergio Tachinni, Lascivious, Fleur of England, Nicholas Deakins, Restalyne, Skinboosters, Zoggs, Nui Ami, Nayomi (Middle East), Blue Bella, Dirty Pretty Things, French Cosmopolitan, FHM, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Lingerie Buyer, Lingerie Insights, Maxim, Tantalum, Hedonist, Velvet

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