Model Mayhem #:
Last Activity:
May 24, 2020
Very Experienced
Depends on Assignment
Jun 19, 2014

About Me

I'm a portrait photographer living in Bellevue, Washington having moved to the PNW from Boston. I began my career as a painter attending The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. My work is in both private and public collection including The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. In 2014 after some health issues and wanting a new challenge I began photography.
  I'm is a self-taught photographer specializing in fine art portrait photography and fashion photography. My visual sense developed over ten years living and working in France. One of those experiences was working with the couturier Kenzo Takada under the label KENZO, whose signature was mixing various prints and textures in a Japanese inspired look. I was employed as an assistant textile designer.
  This experience in France and others in my late 20’s through his late 30’s formed the foundation of my personality as well as my instinctive sense of subject matter and composition of in photographic imagery.
  My shoots tend to be in 2 to 3-hour range depending on the complexity, the shoots begin by getting a sense of one another, reviewing concepts, shooting, reviewing images, editing images, finally settling on the final images desired by the client. My studio setup is very simple, consisting of an eight-foot-wide black background, various lights, fans, reflectors, and several cameras. The reasoning behind this is that it gives the individual being photographed the ability to focus on form and very little else. I like to say there is no place to hide in that environment.  I view each shoot on its own merits and each individual the same way. Modeling experience is desired but not necessary once again depending on the type of service needed. I'm looking for individuals that may not have had the freedom or opportunity to work in this manner.
  This is who I am and how I perceive my working style, if you're interested in this way of working or have questions please feel free to reach me through my website,

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"James is a very professional photographer. His photos are amazing and very beautiful.His photos unique and wonderful. I had good time shooting with him. He knows how to make me beautiful in his photos. I had fun shoot with him." Read less

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"An amazing artist with profound understanding of composition and inner beauty. I learnt so much from working with him and am excited to work together again." Read less

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"Arzente was such a joy to work with! He was professional and made me feel very comfortable! Each time we worked together, I learned something new about the art of photography and the considerations a model needs to have when on the other side of the lens. I was so pleased with the images! He is truly a gifted photographer that creates incredible art, full of emotion and depth! I would highly recommend any model to work with him and I am looking forward to our next project together! Thank you so much Arzente!" Read less

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"Thank you so much James for all the help i get from you to make any image the way i want it to be.. I am so blessed that i am able to work with the best photographer like you not once but thrice.. i would love to continue working with you :)" Read less

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"Very talented photographer who helped me take my modeling to the next level." Read less

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Credit Notes

Models worked with:
Jaram Reid
Nara C
Marlow Rae  2937268
Ardena Anne  3374129
Stacy M.
Erika Lamothe
Vickie Cooler 4099485
Cholee  4118384
Veronica Rosy 3987003
Shweta # 3543708
Katerina Lovelace 3831447
Piyali Nath 3675212
Eliza Rogue 3675654
Kyra Karmichael 3590881
LaylaT 3596994
Dhebbz 3157290
DianaJean  2245512
Sierra McKenzie: 880923
Ana Molly: 3408528
Mitsu Mark: 121554
Leila Deschanel: 2336830
Lillias Right: 2283543
Raven Blue: 3012853

Photography / Painting
"Tree", Vashon Center of the Arts 07-2019
"The Fashion Show" Panopticon Gallery, Boston 05-2019
"One Room", Studio e Gallery 08-2018
British Vogue  06-2018
British Vogue 05-2018
Gallery 110  "URBAN"  Seattle, WA 09/2017
Lightroom Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR. 2017
Studio e  Seattle, WA. 2016
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchaster,MA. 2014
PhotoHaus Gallery "Summer Salon"  Vancouver BC  2014
Black Box Gallery: "Portraiture: Through the Lens" Portland, OR 2014
Photo Center NW: "Musings 18th.Annual 2013"  Seattle,WA 2013
Black Box Gallery: "Contemporary Portraiture" Portland, OR 2013
SeeMe Gallery: “Exposure” 2013 Queens NY  2013
Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT, 2011
Rohm Gallery, New Orleans, LA, 2010
Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York 2010
Gallery One, Nashville, TN, 2006
Andrea Marquit Fine Art 2006
Attleboro arts Museum, Attleboro, MA, 2006
Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD, 2005
Summer Selections, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2005
Boston City Hall, The Mayor's Office, Boston, MA, 2005
New England Institute of Art, Brookline, MA, 2004

Selected Collections:
Museum Of Fine Arts Boston, MA
Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro, Boston, MA
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Bromberg & Sustein LLP, Boston, MA
Covidien, Marchfield, MA
Ellman Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
Eze Castle Software, Boston, MA
Essex Investment, Boston MA
Lincoln Properties, Boston, MA