Kim James Photographer
PO Box 1151
Chester, CA 96020
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Hours of OperationBy Appointment Only
Fine Art Wedding & Portrait Photographer, Emotion, light, movement, the keystone of Kim's work as a painter/ photographer. A member of Fearless Photographers, which accepts less than 5% of the photographers worldwide who apply
Shooting for real people having real moments that appreciate their photographs looking as if they herald from the pages of a magazine.
Specializing in the fusion of fashion with an artist's eye, Kim, a native San Franciscan now residing in Lake Almanor, is a seasoned destination wedding photographer that has photographed weddings from the upper East side of NY, to the caves of Sonoma County Vineyards, to the beaches of San Francisco and Castle walls of Greystone, the Culinary Institute of America. As a fine artist, emotion, light, movement are the keystones of Kim's work whether it is with painting or photographing.
Kim's background in fashion editorial has created a photography style that is a mix of fashion and artistic photojournalism. She shoots as a photojournalist and edits as an artist. Kim was an editorial model in New York and Paris with Elite. As a model agent in San Francisco she developed model portfolios with an editorial feel. As an artist she has mastered her artistic eye to create a calm and enjoyable method encapsulating the spirit of her subject's essence and beauty. Years on the set, Kim understands how to guide her subjects to bring their best looks to the camera.
She creates a trusting rapport with each of her subjects to accomplish this goal. She is very much on the hunt for the intimate connection with the camera; believing this creates the most powerful of photographs. Her experience in front of the camera, working with many world renowned photographers and editing thousands of frames of film over a decade has provided her with priceless experience and expertise. She deeply understands the camera only sees the truth of the moment.
Kim is a member of the very exclusive Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, AG|WPJA, which accepts less than 5 percent of the photographers worldwide who apply.
We'll Impress YouBy Sadie P. on March 6, 2017
Kim was my wedding photographer back in 2012. Although I already knew Kim and knew of her many talents, when I received the pictures after the wedding they were more amazing then I could have ever imagined. She knows what she is doing and she does it well! She will make your picturing taking experience fun and something you will never forget. She will make you feel comfortable and beautiful which in return brings out the most natural and beautiful pictures! She will work her butt off for you and provide you with pictures that you get to treasure for the rest of your life! I believe Kim is one of the bests and will always recommend her for not only weddings but any type of photography you are looking for! I love her!
Kim is the best in the business
By Melia P. on March 4, 2017
I have had the privilege of being in front of Kim's camera on multiple occasions, first for portraiture and after as the member of a wedding party. Kim has the ability to make anyone feel beautiful and at ease in any environment. She is kind, funny, and extremely talented. I will recommend her work over and over again! You are making the best decision for yourself and your event with hiring her.
Kim is amazing!
By Brianna R. on March 4, 2017
We are so glad we chose Kim to photograph our wedding! She took beautiful, creative photos that were exactly what I was hoping for. Kim is incredibly professional while still putting you completely at ease and making you feel comfortable. I would highly recommend her!
Amazing person and amazing photographer
By Lauren H. on March 4, 2017
Kim is exactly what you want in a photographer. She talks to you, listens, and guides you through the process to get the most amazing photos. I personally did a boudoir shoot with her and she was amazing. It was a very scary and vulnerable thing for me and Kim knew exactly what to do to make me comfortable and get such amazing pictures. I'm not super comfortable in front of the camera and she talked me through every detail, constant having me adjust my body to get the great shots. She is truly an amazing artist and a beautiful soul. I really got the sense she loves what she does and truly tries to capture the soul in the frame. Since shooting I've had a baby so my body definitely doesn't look the same. I am so glad I had Kim capture that moment in time. Not only do I have fabulous pictures but also the amazing conversations I had with Kim were life lessons. She has such a beautiful soul and she shows that through her photography. I only wish o had hired her for our wedding. You will not regret hiring her for any event!
Simply the best!
By Jessica J. on March 3, 2017
Kim is not just a photographer--she is a visionary, a master, a listener, an actor, a leader, and a valuable member of the team. Yes, she's all of these at once. We first had Kim photograph our engagement, then our wedding, and then my pregnancy (not to mention some boudoir in between). We are looking forward to family photos to come. Not only does she have an amazing eye for the right frame, but she edits the photos to look flawless and natural. She also takes the time to get to know you and learn what you want to build trust. One of my favorite things to date is the collection of images she put to music on video of our wedding--it tells a story I could not have known being caught up in the day and I cherish it so very much. Her images are breathtaking, she is great to work with, and I could not provide a higher recommendation.
Amazing and Honest
By Casey W. on March 3, 2017
People tend to have grand, unrealistic ideas about their wedding-mainly the cost and time constraints, in my opinion. Any wedding organization resource will tell you to make a top 3 list of what's most important to you, and spend the majority of your budget on those things. They are right. The photographer was high on my list, pictures are what you have years later when memories are starting to fade. Plus, how often in your life are you wearing an amazing dress and paying to have your hair and makeup done?
I can't say I shopped around for a photographer, I met Kim a few years before my wedding and felt such an instant rapport and love for her aesthetic I didn't feel the need to contact anyone else. She will listen to your ideas and give a frank assessment of what's possible within your budget and timeline. She will graciously handle difficult relatives and intoxicated guests. She will help guide you and your significant other to have natural expressions on your face. Most importantly, she will provide you with amazing photos you can stare at for years to come.
By Jennifer B. on March 3, 2017
Kim has an excellent eye that captures just the right moment. Her photos are truly something special!
Most amazing photographer I've worked with!
By Alexei T. on March 3, 2017
Kim was the of the first professional photographers I've done a photoshoot with. She made the shoot so comfortable for me and was very understanding that I haven't had much experience. Her photos always amaze me when I see them no matter the style. She provides me with so much knowledge and never ceases to amaze me with her ideas! I absolutely love Kim as a photographer and as a person. I will continue to work with her as long as I can!
My fiancé and I booked Kim James as our wedding
photographer in a sort of impulsive way, slightly unusual then the approach
many couples take. After a brief phone call and within less than a week Kim was
taking our engagement photos. Regardless of the short time span and lack of
customary meetings and getting to know you conversations..., working with Kim
has been such a great experience. Kim is very professional, super helpful and
flexible in meeting our needs. No detail is overlooked by Kim! Her sense of
adventure and creative mind makes her fun to work with and guarantees GREAT
pictures that go beyond simple portraits to become true pieces of art. Kaitlin Bauer
Kim James is not only a photographer. She is a mother,
friend, leader, writer, painter, chef, florist (I could keep going).... and she
is amazing at all of it. Yet her raw ability to see so much life through the
lens makes her talent unmatched against any other photographer. It takes
someone very gifted to take any ordinary subject and transform it into a
hundred beautiful pictures. Kim James has this gift. Not to mention she is
smart as a whip and so much fun to work with!
Kim James is such an incredible person/photographer! I was
so blessed to have her shoot my wedding last summer (2009) in Lake Almanor. Who would have thought a photographer that amazing lived in the area!? Her strategy and vision is brilliant... from a engagement session, to get comfortable with each of us (the couple) so she knows what she is up against for the wedding
day, to walking you step by step of what to expect day of. I even had her do a
private boudoir session with me alone the week before to give to my “new”
husband as a wedding gift. Her turnaround time is wonderful and her pricing is
very fair…I could not have ask for a better person to do the job! Heather Johnson-Walker
Where do I begin. I saw Kim's work for the first time
when I saw my friend Jamie's wedding photos. Right then I knew I wanted to book
her for my wedding. Kim shot our engagement photos first. It was such a nice
touch to meet Kim and get comfortable with each other before the wedding day.
She is very through in making sure you get all the special shots you want on
your "big day". She is very professional in all aspects of her work.
We all (the whole family) fell in love with her. The wedding went
flawlessly! Kim's photos depict her passion. The intimate moments of the
very special times in one’s life. The images she has taken are priceless and
stand the test of time. Captured moments that the camera remembers even after
our minds get a bit fuzzy. I have had the privilege of working with Kim on a third
occasion, with my horse Grace. I nearly lost my horse when she fell to colic in 08'. She isnow fully recovered and Kim shot Grace and I in beautiful Susiun, CA. Those
images that depict our bond will remain long after Grace is gone. I look forward to using Kim multiple times in the years to come. Family photos, and possibly maternity.......may be in the future! I feel very honored to have worked with Kim, and enjoy her photography; she really is quite an Artist!!
Sarah Scholten Brawley
Kim James has photographed my wedding, family and pregnancy.
With each, she has captured the emotion of the day and beauty of each subject
with amazing images. She made me feel beautiful and sexy when I was 8 1/2
months pregnant! My wedding photos are incredible and look like they belong in
a magazine. Kim has captured moments with my baby that I will cherish forever.
Kim James is the best. Elena McAlpine
I met Kim about two years ago when she shot mine and my
husband's wedding. After our initial meeting, we were sold! Not only did Kim
produce amazing photos, she was absolutely wonderful to work with. The only bad thing about Kim's work, is trying to figure out which photo NOT to frame! We
will definitely utilize Kim's services in the future, as her photos are beyond
wonderful and look as though they are straight out of a magazine!! Jamie
Just got the photos, THANK YOU! They are SO amazing :) I knew they were going to be great but these are beyond amazing, you really have a talent! I can't wait
to show them to Ethan. We will be in Susanville after Christmas, if it works
for everyone we should get the Rhodies together. Thank you again! Lauren & Ethan Andrews
Hi Kim James,
Zac and I have looked thru all our wedding images last night, they were incredible,
money well spent! Thank you so much for your talent and for your hard work. We have also checked your blog out - we loved the one you have chosen for your banner. And other images of mine - I must say that I am shy to see myself out there like that but if you think they are the good reference materials of
your works of art, i would like to help you that way. I hope you are doing well
and your family as well - I am doing good. Wish you a warm and happy holiday, Song
Kim, The photos on your site, are simply incredible! I
knew you would capture the beauty, feeling, essence of it all. I've already
shared your site with the employees at my company and they all thought they
were amazing! Mollis - you must be so excited - wowza!! Can't wait to see more. You ROCK. xoxoxoxoxo! Susanna Spies www.comedyplayground.com
I miss you already! We couldn't have been more
lucky to have you as our photographer -- and now friend. It was a
pleasure working with you and you truly made things as easy as they could
be. You will probably notice that the number of hits to your blog has
probably sky-rocketed a bit over the last 24 hrs. We absolutely love the pics that you have posted and cannon wait to see the rest. We even said to each other last night that if these were the only pics that we got, we'd be totally happy. The dozen or so capture so much!
" Kim James is not only a photographer. She is a mother, friend, leader, writer, painter, chef, florist (I could keep going).... and she is amazing at all of it. Yet her raw ability to see so much life through the lens makes her talent unmatched against any other photographer. It takes someone very gifted to take any ordinary subject and transform it into a hundred beautiful pictures. Kim James has this gift. Not to mention she is smart as a whip and so much fun to work with!�" ~�Ali McNeil singer songwriter.
"Thanks for checking, yes! I got the disk yesterday evening !
Your packaging is so professional and thoughtful, no detail over looked! I believe that says a lot about who you are as a photographer. I popped it into my computer late last night when I returned home from work and it worked great! I don't have the best way to view pictures on my computer so we're going to try it on Danny's computer today. Thank you for doing both full size files and web ready files, that is very helpful. There were many new photos for me to fall in love with and I can't wait to review them more in detail with Danny this afternoon! Thank you again for your professionalism, flexablity and all your help! I so appreciate your sense of adventure and creative mind."