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.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have never limited my portfolio or intake of clients to a certain style of shooting. I like to talk with each client prior to every shoot so I can get a feel for their personality and needs, so I can stylize each location and lighting to what they desire. No one shoot is the same as another, and I plan on maintaining that individuality for all future shoots to come.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
- 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
A fun fact about this photographer
- 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!