A music lover, film fanatic and extreme sportsman, James brings his private interests to bear on sessions that are, ultimately, equally dynamic and intimately personal. Luckily, he is also A Good Guy. A pleasure to work with, a laugh-and-a-half. No shutterbug diva he. There are enough of those around, right?
As passionate as he is skilled, he can form a fast and fruitful bond on shoots, as fellow Brits Idris Elba, Daniel Craig and Jason Statham would all attest. James began his career in London assisting Nick Knight. His calling-card flair for lighting his shoots stems from that time. “Nick taught me how to light anything in any situation,” James says of his period working with the great British photographer/artist.
James struck out on his own, shooting for legendary British style magazines The Face and iD. Fashion and portraiture and travelling: these were a few of his favourite things. Then word of his talents spread across the Atlantic. He shot Moby for the cover of Spin. Then Metallica, Radiohead and AC/DC for the cover for Rolling Stone. Then basketball and soccer players for ESPN. Ten years ago, the monthly commute from London to America shifted into a three-month temporary residence. When the US work offers piled up – and the lifestyle snared him – James relocated. He hasn’t looked back.
James lives in LA with his wife, Elle Strauss and their two daughters, cat and dog.