Photographer / Director, Gregory James is a well-known commercial, advertising and glamour photographer. Gregory has been recognized as one of the world's leading photographers in his industry and is published worldwide on a monthly basis, either advertising or editorial.
He has over 20 years experience in front of and behind the camera. You probably didnt know that he started out in front of the camera. That is what gives him his unique perspective behind the camera. He knows both sides of the camera and how much work it takes to be in front of the camera when it comes to the discipline with dieting and training to look your best.
Starting out from a young age he was always very athletic with Martial Arts, earning a 3rd & 2nd Degree black belt in Kempo Karate and Thai Quan Do and moving on to Bodybuilding as a young adult. From there he started a career with modeling for Calvin Klein and then moving onto fitness and bodybuilding magazines. He has been published on numerous front covers and in editorials worldwide. From his first professional photo shoot with Black Belt Magazine, to Calvin Klein, to MuscleMag, he has always been intrigued by the process of photography and how it all works and how it all comes together in the end. You can say that he has always been a perfectionist on everything and anything he has ever done.
Gregory decided to take some photography courses to learn more about photography to be better in front of the camera. While taking the courses he fell in love with photography not realizing that he learned more being on set than taking courses. He just started shooting everything he could, to learn more. From taking pictures of the family pets, scenery, to literally anyone who would let him take their picture, just to get practice. Gregory's first experience of shooting something that had some responsibility behind it was his brother Andrew's wedding. His photos turned out great but he realized that weddings were just not his thing. One day while shooting Jessica his wife, a magazine approached him and wanted to see the photos. They loved the photos and asked who he worked for. He told them it was just for fun. Well they bought the whole photo set and asked if he could shoot more layouts of other girls. He thought it was funny because he never saw himself as a professional photographer. So they sent down more models for Gregory to shoot and they bought those as well. Now he found himself being booked all the time and was offered a contract. He was under contract for 4 years and was shooting everyday and traveling the world with his wife.
He have seen his work published in anywhere from Advertising to Editorial like Vanity Fair, Dior, GUCCI, Louie Vuitton, Wal-Mart, Target, JCPenney's, Harley Davidson, Canon, Calvin Klein, Rolex, MAXIM, Stuff, FHM, GQ, Playboy, MUSCLEMAG, American Curves, Maximun Fitness, Clean Eating, Oxgen, Reps, Muscle & Fitness, Muscle Fitness Hers, Flex, Men Health, Men Fitness, Glamour.
He now is directing his attention to what he knows best, bodybuilding, fitness, glamour photography, and teaching photography courses. This is where he takes all his knowledge from being in front of the camera and now brings it behind the camera and into a learning environment teaching photography and lighting.
" I find it a great privilege to do what I love, and to be able to have the opportunity to shoot people whom have given their heart and soul and a left lung to let me capture all their hard work by photographing them. I know from personal experience, that the only thing that you have to remember the hard work by are the photos. Yes this is my job but my biggest reward is to see the reaction on my clients face. Sometimes it is better than the paycheck, but I will still take the paycheck. LOL!!! "
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