This month, we’re excited to feature a very special SB&G vendor, Walters & Walters Photography! James Walters captured the stunning image that appears on the Summer/Fall cover of Southern Bride and Groom Magazine, which was just released last week! In fact, James took all the beautiful photographs you see in the floral section of our magazine.
James has been fascinated with stopping time with photographs for as long as he can remember. In fact, his first photography award was earned in 11th grade. His image won first place in the nation and the experience helped him decide that creating images for others to enjoy would be be the work he would pursue. He left college with a degree in commercial photography and twenty years later, has been behind the camera ever since.
Having the opportunity to photograph everything from, apparel, race cars, celebrities and other far less exciting items, it was in the first decade of his career that James really explored and perfected his favorite lighting techniques and began to develop his personal photographic style.
He is still sought after to work on special commercial and editorial projects for wedding magazines, though in the last decade has shifted his focus exclusively to photographing weddings. His true interest has always been photographing people and beautiful places. Weddings are the perfect fit to blend James’ love of photographing people in new different situations and using the world as his studio to create polished and dramatic imagery.
“I’m a visual artist using the medium of the still image to help people tell the stories that make up their personal history and contribute to their legacy. I see it as important work,” he shares.
When not behind the camera, James enjoys exploring the world with his family, reading and writing books and serving the events industry as board member of the Triangle chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events. You might also find him roaming the streets of his favorite coastal towns of Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC where he goes to enjoy the Southern charm and hospitality.