Thomas James

Thomas James

As the son of a former Aerospace Engineer, Aviation was always the lead topic of discussion in our house hold growing up. My father’s passion for things that flew was contagious, hence me becoming an Aviation Photographer later on in life.
I have been a professional photographer for fifteen years, but it wasn’t until five years ago did I start photographing anything related to aviation. Back in 2011, a great friend of mine asked if I could photograph one of his Cessna Citations for his website, and I didn’t hesitate to jump on the opportunity. His fleet of jets grew, and so did my chances to build my portfolio with some beautiful aircraft. In addition to my personal work, I also worked for Boeing as a contract photographer. My primary duty was to photographically document the construction of satellites before they are launched into space. Everything on a satellite is photographed, from the smallest part, to a completed satellite being shipped off to the launch pad. In addition to satellites, I also had an opportunity to work with Boeing’s Seattle photo team photographing the construction of commercial aircraft. That was probably the most fun I ever had as a photographer. Getting to shoot a brand new 737 take off for the first time is a huge rush.

On a more personal note, I love to travel, snowboard, camp and hike with my amazing girlfriend of almost four years. She too is a very talented fashion photographer. Both being photographers, we always have a lot to talk and argue about.

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