Behind The Lens: Jess Ruby James

Behind The Lens: Jess Ruby James

Work experience kid interviews his favourite photographers, next up - Jess Ruby James.

Hey, I'm Dexter Wright and I am doing my work experience at Pilerats. I am a small time photographer and love photography and those who are involved with it. I have reached out to a few of my favourite photographers and will be bringing you a new interview every week as part of a new series - Behind The Lens.

Jess Ruby James is a model/lifestyle photographer who has been killing the game for years now. With incredible ability and a seriously good eye, she is able to capture delicate moments with any model she works with. Her pictures scream emotion and passion and and are powerful everytime without fail.

I sent Jess an email with a few questions and asked for a few photos in return. Check out her response and those photos down below.

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Who put the first camera in your hands?

My dad, he has always been into photography and I would take any opportunity I had to get my mitts on his camera.

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What camera are you currently messing with?

My new super 8 film camera, so dreamy.


Who is your biggest inspiration in photography?

I have way too many but top three are Helmut Newton, Akila Berjaoui and Ryan Mcginley – my friends also inspire me and influence my work, they all have such unique views on life and art, they keep me motivated and help drive my passion.

Your style of shooting is very natural and in the moment. How do you choose your locations?

About 90% of the time I'll have a very clear vision of what I want to achieve in my head and I'll know exactly where to go to get it, the other 10% is a complete fluke and just improvising where ever I may find myself!

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What’s the one shot that got away?

There has been many. When I’m without my camera I often find myself thinking “shit that could of been a good shot” but sometimes it's nice to just enjoy the moment you are in and be present without having to document it.

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If you had to choose out of every photo you have taken, which would be your favourite?

It's hard to choose but probably the one of Annie and Remy exploring naked in Never Never Creek, it was such a special trip and an incredibly beautiful place, every time I look at it, it makes me feel something you know?

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Do you listen to music while you edit? If so what album or band in particular?

I cannot understand how anyone can do anything without music?! I listen to a whole bunch of stuff but the Growlers and Cigarettes After Sex have been on repeat as of late.

Do you prefer sunrise or sunset to shoot?

Sunset, solely due to the fact I am not a morning person.

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Dream subject/location to shoot:

Frida Kahlo / Huacachina, Peru.


Any up and coming photographers we should be checking out?

Annie Smith & Remy Bernhardt – both doing some really cool things and are beautiful humans.

Michael Tartaglia – talented film photographer and has amazing attention to detail.

Claire Hart – stunning work and super lovely gal.

Follow Jess Ruby James: INSTAGRAM