Behind the lens

couples portrait photography slo

James Lester

Love Capturer + Magic Maker

Hey, I’m James! I live for the simple things: good food, good people, good times. Big fan of music festivals, spontaneous road trips, and getting outside to hike, camp, cycle and climb. I am also blessed with a beautiful + supportive partner named Jamie who teaches meditation ~ she keeps me chill. Above all, I love connecting with others and taking photos of them! I feel incredibly lucky that I get to hang out with amazing people during some of their biggest moments and make art out of memories.


I started my wedding photography career at SLOtography and continue to serve on the photo team there alongside my personal brand here. While I enjoy photoshoots of all kinds, weddings & elopements have become a passion. I’m a total sap for love!


I’m also a strong supporter of love in all of its appearances, which is why it's important for me to create a safe space for people of all backgrounds & identities, shapes & sizes, you name it. In 2020, I took this mission a step further by becoming a LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certified Photographer via EquallyWed Pro. I am also personally devoted to my own inner work of identifying areas where I can be a better human being.


Put simply, I personally promise to give clients my all and serve everyone with an open heart and an open mind.


I can't wait to get to know you & your love story. ♥


Interested? I’d love to hear from you.

I usually respond to inquiries on the same day, but this time may vary based on my current workload. The latest you can expect to hear back is within 3 days. Thank you in advance for your patience!