The Story of a Fighter


Growing up I always thought I wanted to go into the medical field. I had intentions of going to medical school to become a doctor or obtaining my nurse practitioner license. That goal later became unobtainable when I was diagnosed with Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL for short), a rare genetic disease that causes tumors to develop throughout the body. This diagnosis resulted in a slew of brain and spinal cord neurosurgeries, ultimately resulting in me becoming paralyzed in 2015. Due to my spinal cord tumors, I ambulate via a power wheelchair and require assistance with many daily tasks that most able-bodied individuals are able to complete independently. 


After my paralysis, I became very depressed and fell into a dark hole. The little ambition I had left to do anything was gone. I felt like my life was over and I could no longer do anything because I wasn’t “normal”. In October of 2016, I came across a Nikon camera deal and decided to purchase it to challenge myself into learning photography. While I always enjoyed taking pictures, I can say that my true passion for photography was discovered when I bought this equipment a year after my paralysis. I spent the following six months teaching myself through books and YouTube videos until I did my first real photoshoot in April of 2017. From the time I bought the Nikon DSLR, I learned how easily photography has helped lessen my depression through my ability to be able to interact with people and establish a connection throughout their sessions.


While VHL has drastically changed my life, this is where I discovered my love for photography and graphic design. Although I taught myself the intricacies of photography, I graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and media arts. I may have chosen differently without my paralysis, but I knew I needed to choose a less physically demanding career path, and what better combination than two of my greatest passions? My long-term goal is to incorporate my photography and graphic design skills into a fulfilling business that I can run from anywhere. Put simply, living with VHL has been both a blessing and a curse, but without it, I know I would have never found my hidden interests, nor would I have the opportunity to potentially work with you.


My photography work can be seen published in the following magazines:



Ignite Magazine: Boudoir Special Edition - January 2021


Vigour Magazine: NUDE & Boudoir | February Edition 2021 - January 2021


Edith Glamour Magazine: The Art of Boudoir #23 - January 20th, 2021


PENIDA Magazine: Open Theme / Feb. Issue 2021 - February 5th, 2021


XANY Magazine: NUDE & BOUDOIR | February Edition - February 17th, 2021


Visual Diary: Showcase 1 - Glamour, Boudoir, Nude, and Film Photography - February 25th, 2021


XPRESSIONS Magazine: APRIL OPEN THEME - February 25th, 2021


Edith Magazine: Open Theme - June 17th, 2021


MOVEUX Magazine: Open Theme | July 2021 - June 29th, 2021








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Testimonials

Testimonials

“James was awesome to work with! The communication was excellent before, during, and after the shoot. He was also very clear with his vision and direction. We honestly had a blast working together, as it was a fun, comfortable environment and I would shoot again with James in a heartbeat! Highly recommend!”