One of the most satisfying experiences in my life so far has been the privilege of sharing the thing that I love and that has sustained me for my whole life, photography. Teaching has been a two-way experience for me as I found that as I shared my knowledge and experience, my students also gave back to me. The joy of knowing that I have helped others to achieve their dreams has been very satisfying.
Seven years ago, I had the opportunity to live on Gabriola Island, a jewel in the chain of islands that is 20 minutes from Nanaimo BC. My time on the remote island gave me a lot of time to think and contemplate my life and life choices. I concluded that photography is central to my core philosophy. Practising the art has given me a way to relate to the world around me. I moved to Victoria, BC, in August 2018, and restarted my career as a professional photographer; the basis of my work at present is portraiture. I can say without reservation that it is enormously satisfying.
My preferred approach to making portraits is based on conversation. A session takes as long as it takes, so I typically only book a single session in one day. I set the camera on a tripod, and do an initial setup. Then we chat, occasionally shifting this way or that in a natural flow. You can see some of the results in my ‘Portraits’ section.
I also offer directed portraits for use as profile pictures on the internet. These are important pictures as they represent the person and often determine whether the viewer engages with their content,
I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to do this work. I enjoy it immensely.
Included are samples from various projects I have worked on, and in some cases, I am still working on. I hope you enjoy them!
Oh, by the way, there is a video behind the above picture. It is titled “The Story Behind the Picture.” I hope to do more of these over the next year. You can view the video by clicking on the picture above.
I am open for commissions of course and invite you to contact me at james(at)jamesemler.com