Award-winning photographer James Ray Spahn's first image was snapped with a 110 camera. He was 13. And in the 34 years since, he's never looked back, shooting in every corner of the planet for a range of clients who consistently praise him (and commission him again and again) as being a "pro's pro"…that is, someone who understands the client, the audience, and the need for perfection. Beyond all that, he's someone clients love working with, as his desire to create an amazing shoot shines in every image.
Spahn's perfectionist work ethic formed as a child in Southern California, but it blossomed at the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where he graduated at the top of his class with honors, with a B.A. in Advertising and Illustration Photography.
His client base includes, Architects, Interior Designers, Contractors, Developers, Resorts, Manufactures and Advertising Agencies. He is also a frequent contributor to many of the top Shelter Magazines in the country.
Based in Colorado and California with his wife (a global stylist), the Spahns chase the next great image wherever clients have a need to showcase the exquisite. Whether it's corporate, editorial, advertising or marketing, Spahn uses new photographic technologies with years of experience to creatively approach every project with passion and drive.
Carolyn Connolly Spahn
Carolyn Spahn is the primary stylist for James Ray Spahn Photographer.
Carolyn received experience for styling and interior design when she attended the University of Kansas. She moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1995 while James pursued his photography education at Brooks Institute of Photography and Film. During this time, Carolyn worked for Tommy Hilfiger as a Visual Coordinator for the Western Region, centered mainly in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Though Carolyn has been styling James’ photo shoots for several years, she has recently signed on full time now that the couple are empty nesters. Their daughter Jamey graduated from the University of Colorado and is working as a Production and Marketing Coordinator in Boulder, Colorado. Their son Jack is currently attending Santa Barbara City College studying film production.
Carolyn brings her attention to detail, sophistication and years of design experience to each and every project. Together, James and Carolyn make the perfect team in Styling and Architectural Photography as they travel throughout the country and overseas for their business and for their clients.