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Photographer Peter James

A Lifelong Love Affair with Nature

"I believe that exposure to nature's beauty is a simple way to improve our quality of life. Nature walks, hikes and time at the beach are de-stressing and rejuvenating. Large, vivid photographs of peak wilderness moments have the same effect, and they can be experienced every day in your home or workplace. It's my mission to help people maintain a stronger daily connection with the soothing and inspiring power of pure nature." - Peter James, Pacific Northwest Nature Photographer




Peter James was raised with the dramatic seasons and abundant lakes of northern Michigan. Since he can remember, he was playing in the water and the forests, with no desire ever to come inside.

When he was 14, his dad gave him his first camera and taught him how to develop and print his own black and white photos. From the first day he left his house with that simple camera, to explore what he could see and capture through the lens, he fell in love with nature photography.

Ever since then he has been on a constant quest for natural beauty. His passion for nature led him to live in Colorado for several years, before coming to land at his permanent home in Northwest Washington State.

Northwest Landscape Photographer For the majority of Peter’s excursions into the wilderness and beaches of the Pacific Northwest, he is joined by his wife iMa and their 10 year old daughter Zaya. They are a family of adventurers who are willing to hike for miles, get up before sunrise, drive long and bumpy roads, all to get the opportunity to see, experience and photograph nature’s extreme beauty.

When at home, Peter and his family direct their passion for beauty into their landscaping, vegetable gardens, fruit orchard, community gatherings, and making music.


Other Projects

NW Nature Retreats

Join Peter and iMa James for a 5 day guided nature retreat this summer! They will take you to Peter's favorite locations to witness extreme Northwest nature, at just the right times for maximum enjoyment and photo ops. Get personal photography mentoring if that's what you are interested in, or just relax and enjoy the scenery, while iMa feeds you 3 gourmet, organic, farm to table meals a day, plus smoothies and snacks. All food, local travel, and accommodations are included in these all inclusive retreats. 

Learn more and book your retreat online by clicking here.


Photo Studio

Located within the gallery, Peter has a fantastic team of photographers who specialize in portrait photography, business photography, wedding photography, and more.

Click here to learn about Peter James Photo Studio.


Tree Planting Campaign

From his love for nature, come Peter James' desire to help restore it. In addition to planting trees for every photo he sells, Peter co-founded a global tree planting campaign with his wife iMa called the Trillion Trees Campaign. The concept is to inspire the world to reforest the degraded lands of the world through millions of small donations. By donating to existing tree planting non-profits, we as individuals can do what governments and industry aren't, to offset carbon emissions and bring our climate back into balance.

Learn more about the Trillion Trees Campaign by clicking here.