James Kern Photography

James Kern Photography

5.0 (9)
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro




To me, photography isn't about the ideal, or the most sculpted, or the most "Picture Perfect" moment but rather, about revealing the personality of the subject. Whether a human, a pair of pants, or a cat, every subject has a story to tell and my goal as a photographer is to capture the story and have the viewer see a complete moment, not just a pretty picture.

My life in photography started with my father and his old 35mm Olympus. While backpacking, he taught me the fundamentals of shutter and aperture on the wonderful wilderness and wildlife around us. After that, I became fascinated with capturing moments: individuals making art, music, or theater, or capturing people simply enjoying each other's company. I'm simply searching out the subtle beauty.

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Philadelphia, PA 19145
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9 Reviews


  • Marcella G

    James was amazing to work with! He was easy to book, arrived promptly on time with all equipment, and set up seamlessly as well. We were using his services for office/professional headshots. He was very pleasant and took quite a few photos to make sure we were happy with our pictures. He had great turn around with the pictures as well! Would definitely use again!

  • Wanda S.

    I love him. I haven't seen the results yet but he was super professional in every way. He was determined to do a good job and I have every reason the results will be excellent

  • Sarah S.

    James was professional, friendly and enjoyable to work with. I am very pleased with my photos!

  • Daniel T.

    James was great to work with! We did a family portrait with our dog, and though our dog was rambunctious and tough to wrangle during the shoot, James was super patient and positive the whole time. Would definitely recommend!

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I always like to speak on the phone before setting up a shoot, it gives me a sense for your personality and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have so we can have the most prepared and perfect session.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I'm self-taught. Everything I've learned is from experience or YouTube or other photographers that I work with in the field. I've been around art and artists my entire life and subsequently have developed and honed my eye for the craft.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Because we have to list our prices I pick my base number, but my packages are very malleable and can be arranged to suit all of your needs, it's simply a matter of finding the right assortment for you.

How did you get started in this business?

I first started on my dad's 35 mm Olympus camera when I could just start to walk and from there it grew to be pictures on vacations and outdoors and wildlife and then to everything that it is now.

What types of customers have you worked with?

I've worked with high fashion models to actors and actresses events and of course families and children, even football celebrities, I've pretty much done it all.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I did a Boudoir shoot recently and that was a lot of fun because it pushed me artistically and really capturing the subtle true beauties of someone is a very fun challenge.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Make sure that the photographer really listens to your needs and doesn't just assign you some generic package, because at the end of the day you want what is exactly right for you.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

How many finished photos are looking for, what their backdrop is going to look like, whether they wanted to be indoors or outdoors? A whole bunches components honestly.