James was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in nearby Columbia. He received a B.A. in Computer Science from Gettysburg College and an M.S. in Computer Science from John’s Hopkins University.

Memories of his grandparents’ photography careers inspired James to pick up a camera. As a kid, he watched them take pictures and exhibit in shows. Only later as an adult did he aspire to follow in their footsteps. His photographic interests include acting as a participant observer in his family, telling stories and reinterpreting the ordinary.

James currently lives in Menlo Park, CA with his family.