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Meet Noah James

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noah James.

Noah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The story begins where my memories do. My fondest memories of my grandfather always include him with a camera in his hand, or him putting new prints on the wall. As I grew older, heavy anxieties started to consume me, and I began to find solace in this craft. The mere idea of being able to create peaked my interest at an early age, but I never found myself satisfied after painting or drawing.

So here I was, for a big part of my life, and arguably the hardest part, either repressing my emotions or hiding my pain, anxiety, and frustrations in old, bad habits and vices. It wasn’t until after my grandfather passed away when I picked up my first film camera. That camera provided for me a new world, a new perspective, a new lifestyle.

That camera gave me not only a healthy coping mechanism but a new chance to progress at something. Through that handful of metal and glass, I was able to disregard time and instead create something in that very moment; my mind went wild. I had the opportunity to create something and make it last as long as I’m alive, hopefully, longer.

To this day, I’m still playing with different ideas and concepts, giving the audience an insight into what goes on in my mind– a glimpse to the way that I view situations. I hope for nothing more than to progress to the point where what I create lives long past myself.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think the biggest mountains I’ve climbed, or that I’m climbing have been internally.

Trying to push through depression, making amends with countless failures, it all starts to weigh on you, but you can’t let yourself tie cinderblocks to your ankles and jump in the ocean. It’s all about swimming forward and never saving anything for the swim back to shore.

Lately, I’ve also been struggling to network with like-minded individuals who actually want to create something impactful rather than for a split second of attention. It’s hard finding someone who really wants to live the lifestyle.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I identify myself as a Freelance Visual Artist, primarily in photography branching into cinematography. I put an emphasis on portraiture, lifestyle, fashion, and conceptual visual art. I create visuals that are timeless, capturing raw emotion and my perception to the world in a creative way.

I’ve adapted new mantras here and there along the way, but one I’m most proud of and what I think will put me at the front of the pack is the idea that I live by, “no more dreams.” Simply put, I don’t have “dreams.”

For example, when asked “what do you want to do” that to me is invalid, it’s what I will do, what steps I am currently taking in this moment to achieve what will be achieved, it’s inevitable with this mindset.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
In this moment, I’m making adjustments to my style and putting myself in a lane where there aren’t others. Creating a genre that others look to for inspiration and clarity. I think an update in gear is on the horizon.

I’ll be releasing new photo books and experimental short films. At this point in my career, it’s more about setting myself up for opportunities and pursuing a mastering of my craft. I can say that it only goes up from here.


  • If you’re looking to get any type of portrait done, my prices are currently ranging from $50-$100.
  • Any commercial work starts at $150.

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Image Credit:

@noahsnegatives via Instagram, @nscco via Instagram

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