Hi there! I’m H.N. James, but you can call me “H”. I’m the punk in Punk Rock Photography, and I use she/her pronouns. 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'm a contributing photographer (and sometimes writer!) for Nashville Scene and in 2023 have had 3 photographs hanging in The Frist art museum downtown in the Guitar Town Exhibit (April 21st - August 20th). 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.
You're a touring band coming through Nashville and want me to shoot the hell out of your show.
Your trans child needs senior portraits and you want them to feel comfortable and supported by a LGBTQIA+ affirming artist.
You want a headshot or portrait that allows you to be seen for you are and to show others.
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 using photoshop with a light touch, 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).
"H cares more than anyone about her photography. It is truly a passion for her and her enthusiasm seeps into every corner of her work and the resulting product. She worked TIRELESSLY to ensure that we had all the resources to make our vision a reality, and even had a great mind for aiding and consulting the vision we wanted to go for/should go for. She puts in 150% BY DEFAULT and cares so much about the artistic integrity of every product she puts out. Book Punk Rock Photography!!!" - Jesse Gillenwalters, Basic Printer
"The best outside the box thing about H is the way she creates the space for the real you to come out in the photographs! She is super easy to work with and caters to what works for you in order to help you get the best photos. I was worried my hair would blend in to a white background --not to worry, she had that covered! I said I couldn't walk around in tall grass for the outdoor shoot because the bugs love me --no problem-- she took me to locations where I could be in nature but stand on rocks or concrete instead! She puts you at ease and doesn't come from her own ego in what works best, but rather works with what she hears you say you need/want. And if you don't know- let her suggest ideas to you because she does that too! I felt like a princess and very safe and cared for in the space she creates to let your true self come forth!" - Amanda Dobra Hope, Amanda Dobra Hope, Author, Speaker, & Soul Alignment Coach
"I've had many photoshoots: some professional head shots, some art, some for fun. And even though every shoot I've ever done was with someone who had known me for years, my favorite all-time shoot will always be the one with H. Not only did we get some great professional photos for me, but we created some beautiful art and had a lot of fun. I enjoyed my entire day with H. I can't wait to do another shoot with her." -- Adriel Wiggins, http://adrielwiggins.com/