James is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History where he received a BFA with Honors in Photography, and minors in Graphic Design and Video. Shortly thereafter, he was accepted into the prestigious MFA photography program at The California Institute of the Arts, headed by one of his heroes, John Baldessari. Taking a gap year and deferring his enrollment, he began apprenticing an amazing car photographer named Michael Ruppert were he learned how to light almost everything. After longing for seasons again he left Hollywood, sold his car and moved to Manhattan where he assisted more world class still life photographers such as Richard Pierce, Carlton Davis, and Gentl + Hyers. By that time he had decided to turn pro instead of attending graduate school and soon after his first photographs were published in Esquire, Time, Rolling Stone, and George Magazine (remember that one?!). In 2003 with the birth of his first daughter, he sold his apartment in Brooklyn and bought a house in Maplewood, New Jersey where he lives with his wife, the Artist and Sociologist Elizabeth Fleming, their two daughters, a dog, a lizard and a fish. He built a studio in his home, bought a Prius and is now truly mobile, shooting everywhere from NYC to Yonkers to Stone Harbor. James thrives on collaboration and variety, he can and does shoot everything from cosmetics for Clinique to food for NJ Monthly. He is also and educator and mentor, having taught photography and guided his many assistants, four of whom have gone on to become professional shooters. Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the Instagram feed below.