About James Santiago
An intuitive photographer with a keen eye in seeing photogenic potential, his work is influenced by day dreams and cinematic imagery. Whether in Miami or in Los Angeles, being a fashion photographer is a more challenging than other forms of fixed subject photography. With fashion photography, working with models is a challenge when you are trying to get the right emotion from the model as well as the clothing and location. Working with new face models or under-developed models is even more of a challenge. As a former fashion model himself, He has been in the fashion industry since he was 15.
“I began to work as a scout as I had a keen eye for hidden beauty. When I became an agent, I was able to help new faces develop their “look”. I was unsatisfied with the photographers that the new faces were working with or the “someone I know who is a photographer”. So instead of whining, I began to set up shoots in order to get the shot that would bring out what I saw in the models potential. I have spent more time as a photographer in Miami but I decided to travel as a photographer in Los Angeles as well. It helps provide me with more more scenery. So many people have potential but they do not receive the development nor direction that they need to have that look brought out through photography. I envision a shoot as an art, not just taking a photo. I am able to create art that can tell a story as well as look beautiful in print.”