About Me and Testimonials
I’m a fine art photographer based in Hillsborough, New Jersey.
My work centers on historic sites and architecture, and photographing the American Landscape. I also love writing about my work as a way to further engage my viewers with the ideas and stories behind my pictures.
My intent has always been to be a professional artist. Obtaining a graduate degree in photography enabled me to develop a foundation of informed and refined artistry, like the photographers and artists who have inspire me. It also gave me the basis for a professional practice in photography.
What I Photograph and Why
I’m an artist, first and foremost. The way light falls on an object has been a source of inspiration and fascination for me from a young age. Photography gives me the means to express this love of light and the personal interests that I explore through it. Secondly, I have had a lifelong interest in history and architecture. When I was growing up we had a series of TIME-LIFE books called Library of America. One of those volumes was entitled “The Old South.” In it were pictures of opulent antebellum plantation mansions that captured my imagination and fascinate me to this day. I still have a copy of that book and it continues to inspire. Around the same time, I had a school friend whose family lived on the property of a large old Victorian house. From my first visit I was hooked. I developed a love for Victorian mansions that never waned and today they are one of the subjects of my photography, along with the historic downtowns where they line the streets.
My Photographic Practice
These influences and the time I spent earning my graduate degree in photography enabled me to find my voice as an artist and refine my talents as a photographer. In particular I developed a specialization in architectural landscapes. Photographing architecture as landscape is the focus of my fine art photography and it enables me to explore my distant memories, history, and the unique character of a place. Just as important to me, this type of photography takes me out into the field. The self-affirming action and freedom of being outside (I can’t sit too long in an office), the exhilaration of exploring and photographing my subjects and the fulfillment it brings drive me to live a photographic life. When I’m out photographing in the field I’m living on purpose.
When I'm hired for commercial photography I bring the same refined artistic sensibility and practice to the project with the intent of creating pictures that exceed all your expectations.
This is why I am a photographer and I hope you can see my passion and the artistic vision I bring to my work.
Connect with me TODAY—whether you're looking for fine art for home or office, or commercial photography, let's talk about what you need and get started on your project!
"James Callahan is a highly talented photographer who has an amazing ability to tell a special story through his work. James and I worked together on a very important project for the SAVE Animal Shelter located in Skillman, New Jersey. He kindly volunteered to photograph the historic James Van Zandt House—as a donation to the organization—which now serves as the shelter's administrative headquarters. He did a marvelous job capturing the very essence of this historic gem. He intuitively understands how to best utilize natural light and the most unique traits of a building to grab the viewer's attention.
James is a delight to work with and I highly recommend him for any professional photographic needs."
– Piper H. Burrows, Sandpiper Strategies, LLC
“ I might be biased because Jimmy is like the brother I never had, but just as he is a high level professional musician I am not surprised that he is just as accomplished as a photographer. I enlisted Jimmy to photograph my studio for my new website and my friend did not disappoint. He was extremely accommodating with my many requests and the final product is more than I could have hoped for. Next up, Jimmy will be shooting my new album cover.”
– Stevie D, Master Mix Engineer, Producer, Musician and Owner at Sound Spa Studios, Edison NJ
"I have used James for multiple family and commercial events/ applications. His professionalism and commitment to detail are unsurpassed in my 30 years of experience. I intend to collaborate in the future with this refined artist and enthusiastically recommend Jim for all your future photography needs, be they artistic, ceremonial or business engagements. Simply put, James T Callahan provides a superior effort and exemplary product in the field of photography."
Joe Bezzone – President, JBezzone Incorporated
"Jimmy is a photographer who knows how to make our band look great and amazing together! He was very professional, calm and easy to work with. He also knows great locations for photos…he took us to multiple settings that really made us stand out. He created a friendly and comfortable atmosphere during the whole shoot, and the pictures look better than we could have imagined. We are really happy with his work and look forward to having him photograph us again.
Craig Buchman – Drummer, Drum Instructor and Owner at Big Bang Music, Hillsborough, NJ
"James is a true master at his craft and creates photos every client will feel great about when it comes to capturing the real moment. His attention to detail and ability to frame the perfect shot give you the confidence that you're getting top quality, professional photography services."
Scott McMurray – Independent Engineering Consultant