Hi! I’m James Staddon, a creation photographer and graphic designer based out of Salem, West Virginia. I have enjoyed running Lenspiration since 2009 and traveling with my camera across the United States and abroad since 2006. At a young age, the beauty of my Uncle’s photography inspired me with the realization that I, too, could create beautiful pictures which has carried me on into a career as a professional photographer and educator. Though I love to plant and nurture the idea that anyone can create beautiful imagery if they commit to it wholeheartedly, my ultimate passion in life is to see photographers make wise and God-honoring decisions in life, vocation, and relationships.
The purpose of Lenspiration is to advance God’s Kingdom by reinstating the jurisdiction of photography under the lordship of Jesus Christ. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; through Him, we cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (See II Corinthians 10:4-5.)
As a photographer and photography instructor, I enjoy shooting in the field, blogging, researching equipment and teaching photography workshops across the United States. With creation as our classroom, we explore what makes beautiful pictures really “beautiful” as we turn snapshots into “wow” pictures by practicing the secrets of composition, lighting and emotional impact. More importantly, we explore the importance of considering our convictions in art so we can passionately uphold a Biblical standard of excellence and wholesomeness in our work.
As a designer, I love to use my photographs to artistically construct inspirational calendars every year for both personal and promotional use in business and fundraising. Other photographers can publish their own work using the Lenspiration calendar designs through the concept of the Artist’s Calendars.
If you enjoy photography and are looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and share skills in photography in a Christ-honoring environment, consider taking advantage of the online training, hands-on workshops and interactive forums that Lenspiration has to offer. Subscribe to updates to stay in the loop, or pick up the free ebook, The Secret to Shooting Like a Pro, to get started learning today!