James started working for major catalog houses in NYC in his 20's. (Macy’s, Saks 5th Ave, Bloomindale’s and Fortunoff etc.) Here he learned the ins and outs of lighting, production and set design. 

Repeat clients included Maxim, GEAR and Gourmet magazines among many others. Around this time, he also started shooting for the NY Stock Exchange. Portraits and events. James was the lead photographer for Hilton Hotels in Atlanta. Shooting ads and images to accompany travel stories and he was head web photographer for Perry Ellis for a time. James added video to his skill set in the mid 2000's and his first independent film was called “Tremé Life." It spoke on the change in the music industry and life in general after the devastating storm that nearly destroyed New Orleans.

A second film “The Key To Me” aired on WYES (PBS) in New Orleans on May 1, 2014. It was a love story from musician Paul Sanchez to his wife Shelly who was battling breast cancer.

Mixed within this time frame were shoots for The Yogi Berra Museum, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and nonprofits like Trumpets Not Guns, Habitat For Humanity and the Musicians Clinic.

 

And many others...

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