Life is made up of moments and moments pass quickly - capturing them is what I do. From Dubai to Shanghai, I travel the world for clients such as HP, AT&T, GE, Exxon, Gap, and Coca-Cola creating lasting images. Whether I find myself in the back streets or on Wall Street, my technical experience combined with my knack for working with cast brings ideas and concepts to life. I specialize in lifestyle advertising and have found that collaboration creates happy and return clients. I strive to push the boundaries of visual storytelling and there have been some nice awards collected along the way.
Currently based in San Francisco, I was raised in Los Angeles and am a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography. I draw daily inspiration from my wife and daughters. If I’m not on set, you’ll find me on the golf course or a mountain, with a bike or snowboard.
"I’ve known Jim Hughes for a number of years and have used him for many complex photo projects. He’s an exceptional photographer and a great guy to with work. He’s very creative, skilled and he’s also fun. His work is gorgeous, evoking emotion and connections, as he shoots and directs the talent, bringing out and capturing their personalities and actions, to tell stories and to engage the viewers, with the final photos. His processes are efficient and effective; he has great crews and contacts, bringing together the best in the field, for the projects, to provide amazing photos for his clients." - Randy Stepon (Branch Asset Program Manager)
"Jim is first class in every sense of the word. Stunning work, topnotch crew, and a genuine, all around great guy. I've done multiple shoots with him and it's been a pleasure each and every time. Looking forward to shooting with him again." - Kevin Fox (Creative Director)
"Just back from another shoot with Jim Hughes, and what can I say? Another fantastic experience. And the images are breathtaking! Thank you Jimbo. I can't wait to do it again." - Marc Short (Freelance Producer)
"Jim is collaborative and creative. You get the benefit of his experience and vision while your business objectives are still met. He truly listens. His crews are top notch, his productions are well organized and fun. The imagery is fantastic. Can't say enough good things." - Amy Burditt (Art Resources Director)
"Jim is one of the best photographers I've ever worked with. He has tremendous talent and vision." - Geoffrey Hoskinson (Art Director)
"Jim is an incredible talent. He's got a great eye for lighting, movement, casting, and every technical aspect of shooting photography and film. More importantly, he is conceptual and sees the big picture. He has a tireless energy and a charming ability to make everyone feel comfortable in front of his camera and behind it. He's one of the smartest people I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Also, one of the most charming, witty, sensitive, hard-working and moral too. His results are utterly compelling and enhance every assignment I've handed him ten-fold. His work is art, quite frankly. And If I could work with Jim every day, I would. He's that amazing." - Jeff York (Creative Director)
"Jim Hughes has an amazing eye and is a wonderful person to work with. I highly recommend him." - Will McGinness (Executive Creative Director)
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