About Chris James
Who Am I?
So… Who is Chris James?
Chris James is a myth. No, really. There is nobody here by the name of Chris James. There is a Chris Thibeault, though. I was blessed with one of those lovely French names that are half-silent. It is pronounced “Tee–bo.” Unless you are French, you'll never guess how to say it, and you certainly will struggle to spell it. So, I decided to use my middle name, James, instead. Chris James has a nice sound to it.
I am currently 35 years old and living in northern half of the beautiful state of Rhode Island with my wife and two children. I have had an artistic side for as long as I can remember. Photography is one of the ways that I express my creativity, and it is something that I love to do.
History and Education
I have lived in Rhode Island for my entire life, though I'm frequently in Massachusetts. We have so much to see and do around here, and with children now, it is nearly impossible to resist photographing it all. I've been developing my skills in the art of photography for many years now.
I'm a believer in life-long education. You should never stop learning, and you should actively do what you can to help others learn. I have two undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master's Degree in Computer Science. I am presently studying at the University of Rhode Island pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science, researching the latest developments in computational photography. I am also a Professor at the Community College of Rhode Island.
My Approach to Photography
I believe that there is art in everything. Sometimes it is right there out in the open for all to see. Sometimes it takes an a skilled eye to uncover its potential. Those are the photographs that I love to discover. Capturing not just the main event, but all the little subtle details and happenings that are here now and then gone in an instant. That's what a photographer should do. We make those brief, sweet moments last just a little while longer.
I don't like categories. They are confining. If I had to choose, I'd describe my style as “fine art documentary.” It's really so much more than that. An artist shouldn't just paint the same picture again and again. We should be flexible. Dark and moody. Bright and airy. Whatever the photograph deserves, that is what I'll give it.
Tools of the Trade
I use the latest in high-resolution, full-frame digital cameras and high-end lenses. My primary camera bodies are the Sony A7Rii and the Canon 5D Mark iii, along with backup bodies and a full set of off-camera lighting gear.
I maintain a large collection of high-end lenses for both camera systems, including lenses by Zeiss, the Sigma “Art” series, and Canon's L series lenses. This includes everything from very wide-angle lenses to super telephoto lenses. There are some lenses that wedding and portrait photographers simply shouldn't be without, such as the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L lens. It is beautiful glass, and it will do amazing things for your photographs. I also have some things that are a bit more exotic, such as the a 50mm f/0.95 lens. That is not the kind of thing that your normal everyday photographer would have…
I'll be posting more information about my gear soon, so check back later for more!
Member of the Professional Photographers of America
I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world's largest non-profit photography association, created by members, for members, dating all the way back to 1869 (yes, there were cameras back then). The PPA assists members with education and business resources, including workshops, classes, and certifications.