James Brantley is a versatile and adept photographer based in Santa Monica, California. He has had his own photography and videography company since the age of 13 and has since built two photography studios, worked as a camera operator, assistant camera, and producer for Netflix, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and Discovery Channel, and become a brand ambassador and photographer for several boutique fashion, fitness, and health food companies, among other accomplishments. James has 15 years experience in photography, has an eclectic range in photography, and can accommodate any and all special shoot requests!
I love how each photograph and each subject tell their own story. Each location I go to, and client I shoot, has a different story to tell and a different mood/vibe they carry. As you will see in my photographs, no theme or location is the same as I like to pair each shoot with its own style. If you are looking for someone to deliver unique and unforgettable images, then I'm your guy.
I enjoy shooting in the early or late hours of the day. Natural lighting has and will always be my favorite lighting, as it brings incredible amounts of diversity and color to each individual photograph. Whether its an event or personal shoot, I always try and schedule the session to these magical hours to ensure the photos have the most interesting look and feel. Candid photography is another style I always try and follow as it seems more real and natural than anything staged or posed. As I mentioned before, I like photos that tell a story, and the more relaxed and comfortable the client is, the more natural and authentic the photo.
- Brand Ambassador/Photographer for Nectar Sunglasses, Kalahari Biltong, and Pop Up Brunch Club - Winner of NRDC Wildlife Photography Competition 2012 - Social media photographer for Animal Planet's Extinct or Alive - Won dozens of wildlife photography competitions under the age of 16 - Featured on several high volume Instagram accounts
- I've traveled to over 40 countries and 6 continents, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, dove the Great Barrier Reef, done the highest skydive in the world (18,000 feet), completed 3 cross-country road trips, and finished my Masters at Johns Hopkins last year in Environmental Science and Policy, among other things!