The Approach & Accolades


I approach each wedding as a sacred passage. I am honored to be included. I understand the depth of emotion these promises evoke in the participants and I take my job documenting, one of the most important days your life, seriously.

I am storyteller through voice, image and word. I am skilled as a photographer to bring that aspect of my art to your wedding story. My experience in the editing room has made me strong in creating a memorable storyline. I spent years building books (portfolios) to tell clients personal stories about the models they were interviewing and booking. I focused on emotional range through photography.

I design the wedding coverage to include the special moments, starting early in the day with the bride and groom. My style is a fusion of fashion, fine art and wedding photojournalism (covering tht moments as they unfold). First I seek out emotion then light and I integrate the six elements of design.




” 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.

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 ones 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 is now 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


I have known Kim for many years now, as I went to school with her oldest son. When I got married in the summer of 2007 I asked Kim if she would help with the organizing part of my wedding since I already had chosen a photographer. Kim took some pictures anyway because she was just beginning to build her business. I wish now that I had chosen her to do all my wedding pictures as the ones she took were ten times better than the others. Since then Kim has only continued to grow in her creativity. I have used her for family photos and pictures of my little girl. She is such a talented woman and I highly recommend her for any line of photography because she has the capability to adapt to anything! ~ Kelley Tagudin

Hey Kim!
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,

WOW, I saw what you posted today and I’m very impressed.  You managed to capture some very special moments. Thank you so much!
Kim, I’m sure you hear it a lot but my family and friends sure enjoyed you a lot. I myself feel a great connection with you. What can I say, “you’re great”!!
I look forward to the pictures being uploaded and I will get you your info ASAP.
Thanks again,

It’s Ali and Paul’s friend Sharon. You captured both weddings
beautifully and you and your team were great – relaxed, unobtrusive and so warm.
It was fun spending both weekends with you ;).  Thanks! If I hear of others
needing a photographer, I’ll be sure to recommend you with great
enthusiasm. All the best til our paths cross again,


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 cannot 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!

Thank you again!! Alison

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 sooooooooooooooooooo excited – wowza!! Can’t wait to see more. You ROCK. xoxoxoxoxo! Susanna Spies

Hi Kim,  I was just looking at some of our photos with Molly. I can not remember if I ever told you how awesome I think your work is. The images are super cool and just a little different than any other wedding images I have viewed. Great job. I am stoked to have these wonderful moments of my life frozen in time. I honestly would love to do it again. John. ps  So thats times 10. I don’t articulate so well!!!!!

I just got the framed picture you gave to us this weekend. It was passed around a bunch and Elenas Mom had it and finally gave it to us this weekend. I really appreciate it! You did the best job ever on our pictures, we get so many compliments on them. I am going to spread the word to anyone I know that needs pictures to get in touch. Hoping Hope you are well and thanks again, you are very generous. Jim McAlpine

Hi Kim,

I received the DVD’s and I have loaded them on my computer.  I haven’t gone through them slowly yet, but from what I have seen, everything is perfect!  Thank you so much.  You have made our special day so memorable, and I can’t wait to have framed photos, and an album…  I think my mom is going to have one of the photos of the cabin printed really big for a frame too, we are all so excited!  I can’t wait to show Bobby, he left for his gold-mining trip last Wednesday, and will be back a week from today…  It’s driving me crazy that he hasn’t seen them yet.  He is going to be so happy!

Whitney Smith
Senior Sales Manager
Benchmark Wine Group


You (and of course your helpers too) did a fabulous job, i never imagined they would turn out this good, i had only hoped and you exceeded my expectations.  i can not thank you enough for capturing this day for chad and i, these pictures will forever live long in my mind and help me remember this day.  i want to go back and soak it all up again.  i so tried my best to take all the advice you and everyone gave me and everything turned out perfect.
look forward to talking with you soon.
Heather Walker (weird)

Thanks for checking, yes! I got the disk yesterday evening when I checked
the PO box on my way to work. 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
apperciate your sense of adventure and creative mind.

Kaitlin Bauer

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