About James Jin

Me circa 2006

Me circa 2006

I was just a freshman in high school when I first picked up my dad's dusty 35mm film camera. Compact digital cameras and flip-phone cameras were pretty popular back then, but I always wanted to be different (pictured below). So I would take the camera with me everywhere--to school, to church, and even shopping malls--and taking photos of everything and everyone around me. 

Eventually, I ended up becoming a photographer for my high school newspaper for a year, but being a career photographer never crossed my mind. Photography was just something that I just enjoyed doing as a hobby. It also allowed me to spend time with my wife before we started dating in high school--I am guilty of taking her out of class a couple times under the guise of official newspaper business. 

I attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA and studied business administration. During my senior year in college, I started working with dancer friends of my wife and got hooked on capturing movement. After graduating from college, my wife and I got married and moved up to New York City to pursue our dreams of making a living as artists. She has been dancing as a Radio City Rockette since 2016, and I've been working as a photographer across the country in the past few years. Needless to say, we're incredibly grateful to be lucky enough to make a living doing what we love.