Hi there! I’m H.N. James, but you can call me “H”. I’m the punk in Punk Rock Photography. I’m a music and portrait photographer living near and working in Nashville, TN. I’ll dance to anything by Depeche Mode, and most days you can find me rocking out to music in my house, car, on a walk, etc. Music is my favorite thing in the world, and photography is a mighty close second. I live with the cutest dog in the world, Cheetah the Ginger Dingo. I love collaborating to create vivid and expressive images. I’m all about less formality, and more creativity.
You are a band or artist seeking personalized photos for promotional or press kit use. You want me to photograph a performance of your band, art group, or event for use on social media. Your trans child needs senior portraits and you want them to feel comfortable and supported by a LGBTQIA+ affirming artist. You need a headshot that helps to show people who you are. You have an idea for a creative portrait session and think it’s too weird for most photographers. You want to be seen for who you are and have fun while you’re doing it. You represent a media outlet wanting coverage of a live performance with a quick turn around. You run a music label and want to work with someone who will create fierce and tailored portraits of your artists. Music is a thread in your life that you’ve never snipped.
We’re making photographs that show what is amazing and beautiful in people, and we use different elements to do this: location, light, props, clothing, color or black-and-white. We’re expressing personality and humanity in images. We’re rocking out or being vulnerable, whatever the session requires. We’re making soulful portraits that might make you smile. We’re not photoshopping people within an inch of their life, because we think people are perfect the way they are. Like punk musicians, we’re following a no-rules, do-it-yourself, question-everything method of moving through the world, seeing the world, and making photographs. We’re paying attention to details and eliminating the unnecessary so the necessary may speak (Hans Hofmann).