A picture says a thousand words and the sensibilities and predilection of an artist, reflected within their expression is backed by a lifetime of experience. My artistic expression is what I do for a living, so allow me to work backwards a moment and share with you some of my perspective and how I hope this would be reflected within my work.

I gained a truly invaluable viewpoint on life from my Mother, who raised me by herself. I learned early, much about sacrifice, need, joy, heartache and a love that knows no limit. We familiarized ourselves with the satisfaction of surviving and the comradery born of this struggle. We lived in a small cabin outside Fairbanks Alaska with no running water and no constant source of heat. The threats and challenges in our lives during this period were obvious. Having this childhood presented me the opportunity to realize what I did have—and appreciate it.

I decided to take that opportunity and my appreciation for the blessings I'm surrounded by eventually found physical expression through photography. I wish my work to be a testament of the grace God has created within my life and in the world around me.

My photographic journey started in 2003 and has recently defined multiple award-winning national and international ad campaigns and been printed in over 50 different magazines and books along the way.

I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and now reside in America's Finest City, San Diego, CA.

San Diego Magazine
Pioneer Pro DJ
Roland Japan
Roland U.S.
Elixir Strings
The In Magazine
Fender Corporation
Nutrilite Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation
Glabman Home Furnishings
Exquisite Weddings Magazine
Shamon Freitas Talent Agency
San Diego Air and Space Museum
Richard Marshall Custom Flooring
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Environmental Hall of Fame
Invision Productions, LLC
Guitar Center Hollywood
The Jesus Film Project
Alternative Strategies
Zther Design Studio
MagTek Corporation
Cordelia Lifestyle
Lincoln Brewster
Integrity Music
Aqua Models LA
The Brainyard

"James' landscape photography is very dynamic. The consistency and sharpness with which he captures environments is simply breathtaking."
—Chris Wiltz Editorial Assistant, Rangefinder Magazine

"James, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I so appreciate working you AND that you really went out of your way to help and mentor my son, that was invaluable and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. Thank you."
—Erika N. Mother of talent

"First of all, thank you for the amazing photos you took! I'm proofing the copy edit now and the pictures look fantastic! All the folks at Workman (Publishing) were so impressed with you and your work and I wanted you to know that! We couldn't have done this project without your expertise and amazing passion for what you do! It was an absolute joy to work with you! Thanks again James!"
—Sean Foy Author of the The 10—Minute Total Body Breakthrough

"Wow! Brilliant! Electrifying! Amazing! Engaging…I love your work!"
—Jenny L.

"These photos are just BRILLIANT! I cannot tell you how long it's been since I have gone through a disc and wanted to print every freaking photo! YOU ARE A GENIUS!!! …if you EVER want to do anything for your portfolio, I don't care if you need someone to play a swamp thing, I'm in!
—Chelsea C. Daughter of the creator of 21 Jump Street, The A—Team, The Rockford Files and 37 others

"It's important to point out that the Elixir retainer and marketing schedule touches virtually everyone in and out of the office including James, Adam and Steve. …all of you really stepped up and bonded with the program and served the client. Not to mention, what we're doing is working! Elixir has never had better sales, more web traffic, better web content, more PR and more endorsed artists. Great job everyone! I truly appreciate your hard work and talent."
—Michael Maclane Brainyard Partner

"First, I want you to know that your pictures were fabulous!! You really did a great job! I am passing on your contact information to some of our other staff so they can also contact you for future work! You really did an outstanding job! Thank you!"
—Lisa Rehnborg Nutrilite Employee Affairs

"I cannot begin to express my appreciation and gratitude for what you have done for me today. I am truly blessed to have had you do my first professional shoot. The passion, love and dedication you show to your profession is what inspired me to tough it out despite the hard rocks and chilling ocean water! You clearly went above and beyond what was required of you! You are every bit amazing as Shay had said!"
—Vi T.

"Now that I have a minute to breathe, I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work. Everyone loves your photography and we'll definitely be working with you again soon. Great job!"
—Laurie Granger San Diego Magazine, Art Director

"James is always very professional and we love his work!!!"
—Ginger Wu MagTek, Inc

"You are unbelievable, not only a nice/good person, but a FANTASTIC photographer! …you really capture the best photos."
—Pilar H.  Mother of talent

"I wanted to take a minute and thank you for the great job you did taking my pictures. All the agencies I got call backs from talked about how great they are! They used one of my pictures as the positive example throughout the convention. I signed with Avenue One in Tokyo, Japan and because of my photography scores, was placed in the top five overall models. Thank you so much for helping me get me modeling career started, it means a lot to me!"
—Emerald W. Currently modeling in Tokyo, Japan

"I wanted to thank you a thousand times for the shoot on Saturday. For me that day was peaceful and beautiful. Shooting with you and Eva was a huge blessing. I want to thank you for your patience, passion, professionalism, kindness and great and precious positive energy!!!"
—Petra L. Model

"I just read your bio! That is truly an inspiration. I'm just dumbfounded. What a life you have had. Thank you for doing what you love. I can't wait to see the fruits of your labor. Thank you for being such a pleasure to work with."
—Tara C. Media/Artist Relations, Roland Corporation at the time written

"…I got first place in the photo competition. When I got back home I had six contract offers! I contribute a lot of my success to my photographs and I really just wanted to thank you. The director of the convention said I had one of the best portfolios she had seen in a beginning model. So I just wanted to give you a bit THANK YOU!!!!!! Good luck! You are a very talented photographer!"
—Kelsey C. Model now for over six years, collecting tear sheets from her work all over the world

"Okay, the photos are fantastic! MORE than fantastic…I'm really excited about them! I have Trent going through the shots and he is very impressed with our (your) work!"
—Courtney K. Celebrity Stylist

"I had a lot of fun shooting with you today! You are the best guy to work with! I can't wait to see the shots, I know they will be great! I always like shooting with you."
—Shay Lyn Model, www.shay—lyn.com

"You are the BEST!!! Thank you so much! I'm super excited and ready to roll! Wow, thanks for helping my look!
—Angela D. Business Professional

"We love the work James does for us, it is all about the people, or in our case, the employees.  James has been our company photographer for several years now. He is always prepared and we love him and his work!"
—Lisa Rehnborg Nutrilite Employee Affairs

"THANK YOU! You were great to work with! The studio was beautiful, the atmosphere was fun—I could have shot all night. You did a GREAT job!!!"
—Tai Y. Stylist

"Oh, and I know you hear this all the time but…YOU'RE AMAZING!! Every time I go through these pics by myself or with other people, we're just stunned. They're just awesome and I want to thank you and Andrea again for your work. Thanks so much James!"
—Claudine L. Model