James Demaria started working in the NYC photo industry in the mid 1990’s for acclaimed photographers and production companies. Here he learned the ins and outs of everyday business as well as developing a unique style of shooting. He is known for his versatile techniques and unparalleled lighting skills. After honing his skill set James established a freelance company that would continue for the next 25 years. He has worked for companies such as:
The NY Stock Exchange, Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, The Louis Armstrong House Museum, Brooklyn Vegan, SPIN Media, Toyota, JBL Audio, Basin Street Records, TigerBoxer Entertainment, Maxim, GEAR, STUN, In Touch, Gourmet and High Times magazines, New Orleans Times Picayune, Hilton Hotels, Perry Ellis, Alex Gaines, Habitat For Humanity, Non Profits Trumpets Not Gun and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.
In 2009 he added documentary filmmaking to his repertoire and directed two films. The first was an independent effort entitled “Tremé Life.” This was a feature length documentary discussing life in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. It sold regionally on DVD. The second was entitled “The Key to Me.” This was also a feature length documentary about musician Paul Sanchez and his return to music following his wife’s fight with cancer. It aired on PBS in New Orleans in 2014.
His company, James Demaria Productions, has also filmed multiple video projects for musicians including Kermit Ruffins, Dr John and John Boutté and educational videos for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Preservation Hall.
He splits his time between New York City and New Orleans.