James Ochoa is an experienced professional photographer who has worked for many clients in Miami, Florida for over 3 years. James has a bachelors degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a masters degree in Higher Education from Florida International University. He is currently working on his dissertation as a doctoral student in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Miami. As an innate educator, James enjoys taking his time with his clients to ensure they feel comfortable in front of the camera and receive quality photographs. His photographs are characterized by tasteful editing that highlights the beauty of the photograph, without compromising its authenticity and by capturing the genuine emotion of his subjects. He specializes in portrait, event, maternity and wedding photography.
I consider myself a witness of life. I enjoy watching people, witnessing and capturing the moments in between the ‘staged' event—the unexpected hug, the rogue tear, the soft caress, the sudden shout of joy. Nothing brings me more satisfaction than surprising my clients with the gift of an unexpected moment. Their smiles as they look through the album and find a hidden gem of a moment they did not remember or thought I did not capture, is the highlight of my experience as a photographer. In my own way as a quiet witness, I am able to help my clients see their memories with new depth and appreciation.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done weddings, family portraits, and studio photography. My goal is to respect each moment and capture the unexpected within the routine.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
A fun fact about this photographer
I have traveled to 4 continents (3 more to go!), been selected as the head juror (foreman) in a trial (the most unique jury duty experience), and I have a personal goal of being selected for an episode of Hot Ones on YouTube (nothing like hot wings!).