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Hey there! I’m James and I love taking photos. I also LOVE love and I’m ever grateful to be able to capture it in its many forms.

I've been captivated by the natural beauty of our world for as long as I can remember, but I never did anything besides simply appreciate it...until one fateful day when I picked up a camera! Well, an iPhone, but still. From that point on, my love for photography has grown into an absolute passion that has expanded not only my visual perspective but my life perspective as well. Being behind the lens allows me to become fully present & truly appreciate the endless wonder that surrounds us.

In 2015, I was given the opportunity to turn my passion into a career by beginning to work at SLOtography alongside its legendary founding photographer, Blake Andrews. Since then, I’ve learned a whole lot from this local master & continue to serve as a photographer at SLOtography while I run my personal business (you are here). Wedding photography has become my bread & butter over the years & I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m a total sap for love. It is the one thing I’ll always hold onto in this life, & what a privilege it is to be able to capture these beautiful, blissful celebrations in each couple’s love story that we call weddings.

When we're working together, I am first a friend. While I do practice healthy professionalism each & every step of the way, I believe the best photos are produced when there's a relaxed vibe between us. That way you can let your hair down, throw on that authentic smile & let your light shine! Simply put, I try to create & capture joy wherever I may be.

Whatever the call for a photographer, it'd be an honor to capture the moment.

With love,

James


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Well, that's it for me. This has been great!

I'll leave you with a little inspirational quote:


A leader is not someone who says: ‘Follow me.’ A leader is someone who says: ‘I’ll go first.’
— Neale Donald Walsch

I don't think that quote is referring to Instagram though, so in that case, please follow me ;)




(805) 400-8072
james@jlestphoto.com