Hi, my name is David James, David J for short. My friends call me DJ.
I joined the U.S. Navy right out of High School and set off to serve my country, continue my education, and see the world. Little did I know that it would become my career. Now I’m a semi-retired, disabled veteran that lives in the Fredericksburg, Texas area. I was honored to contribute to our country for so many years and in spite of my physical challenges, would do it all again. I’m as patriotic as they come…Faith, family and country are my core beliefs.
I grew up in the Dallas, Ft Worth area. Texan, through and through. When I was 5 years old, my mom gave me a very dated Kodak Brownie Box camera, and I was instantly hooked. Our slim family budget kept me from snapping off many photos; the film and processing were just too expensive. So I learned the value of patience and getting the most out of each click of the shutter. Photography and art have been with me ever since.
As I grew up and in time, as with many aspiring photographers, I sought other avenues to support myself and eventually a family, but I never lost my desire for photography. Along the way there were little funds to update photo gear as financial obligations always seemed to get in the way. Occasionally I was tempted to set it all down, sell everything, and walk away. But thanks to timely encouragement from family and friends, and a strong inner drive, I never did. I kept shooting, learning the craft and growing in artistic expression. I knew in my heart that art was part of who I was as a person, and I was determined to pursue it.
I'm married to the love of my life, Jana. We sold our house, and together with our precious pup Kissy, set off in March of 2016 in a motor coach, to see and photograph America. We covered 20 states that year and captured so many images. Unfortunately, due to injuries received in my past military service and increasing physical challenges, we decided to suspend our traveling and focus more on health and relaxation. We landed in the Texas Hill Country in March of 2017. What a wonderful location and a great place to call home!
I'm so grateful for each day and the opportunity it brings. My heart-felt desire with photography remains unchanged: to convey the beauty, wonder, and majesty of nature, and simple scenic subjects in a way that connects with people emotionally. I sincerely hope that my photos will inspire and encourage you, bring a smile, improve a stressful day, perhaps rekindle happy memories, and will always give a newfound appreciation for a simpler way of life and for God’s creation.
Your gracious support through your purchase of my images is sincerely appreciated. God bless you all!
~ David J