James is an internationally published, award-winning photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Over the past few years, his lens has been primarily focused on travel, tourism, commercial, portrait and headshot work.
Not everything translates into a beautiful image with a traditional aesthetic – and James doesn’t shy away from those shots. Sometimes a unique perspective or detail creates a more powerful picture. Those are the photos that are worth waiting to capture. James’ work has been on display at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. His series for the Flying Squirrels adorned the covers and accompanied multiple features in their programs. Many of his powerful, unique images have been published and shared in print and web in 7 countries and in social media platforms across the globe. James’s images of cityscapes and landscapes have been featured by Southern Living, CBS, NBC, Virginia Tourism, Kentucky Tourism, and Indiana Tourism. His commercial portfolio of marketing and event photography clients includes The Richmond Symphony, Capital One, ISL Futbol/FC Barcelona Escola, the Richmond Kickers, the Flying Squirrels, Live! Casino and Hotel, and Maryland Tourism. Promotional images adorn City Stadium and the Diamond in Richmond. His work has also accompanied a variety of articles in Richmond Grid.
He built his reputation and initial portfolio on action sports photography and has worked with youth, collegiate, and professional leagues. His action sports work has been featured in the USL, EPL, NBC Sports, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
James has also enjoyed working with non-profit organizations such as World Pediatric Project, The Next Move Program, ACLU, The Byrd Theatre Foundation, EnRichmond, CapABLE, Higher Achievement, and The Richmond Pitbull Project.
I can't imagine doing anything else. The most distinctive thing that a photographer can do is show the world from a different perspective. I use time, light, and patience to show what most people never pay attention to.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done just about everything, out side of weddings. When I did sports it was about finding that split second moment, with portraits it's working through the customer being awkward and making them feel confident and comfortable. Every time I pick up a camera my objective is to NOT take the same image as everyone else. I want to make it distinctive.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Viewbug Staff Winter Selection 2015 Viewbug Member Selection Award Viewbug Peer Choice Award Viewbug Finalist in People Posing Photo Contest NatGeo my shot staff selection
A fun fact about this photographer
I am a complete coffee junkie. If I am not in my studio odds are I am in a coffee shop or near one.