About - James Mead Photography

About James Mead

Welcome! My name is James Mead. I'm a professional photographer living in Portland, OR. My work has been published by the US Department of the Interior, The Weather Channel, and by many more media outlets and clients. I partake in all types of photography, though the work I'm internationally known for is my Landscape and Astrophotography work. Although based on the West Coast of the United States, I am available for assignment worldwide.

Currently, I travel up and down the west coast of the United States from boarder to boarder and as far east as Colorado for my photography work, assignments and the workshops I conduct.

I started photography in the late 90's on film using a Canon EOS Elan 7E. Between then and now, I received a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University. After my father passed away, I found myself rethinking my life. I found myself back behind the lens as that's where my heart is and my soul feels free.

I have a passion for nature, the outdoors, the night sky and National Parks. I always find myself out hiking in the middle of the day or middle of the night, headed towards a shoot far away from others. I use my photography to teach people about the importance of conserving these beautiful resources. I aim to capture the natural beauty of the world, so others can both enjoy it and understand the importance of protecting it. If you ever see me out and about, please say hello!

Contact Information:

Please contact me via any of the methods below for business inquires, questions, or anything else: 


• (503) 704-2429

• PO Box 157

  West Linn, OR 97068

James Mead at Yosemite National Park

What's in my main camera bag?

Camera Body

• Canon 5D MKIII

• Canon BG11 Battery Grip

• Kirk Industries BL-5D3G L Bracket

• Canon EOS Elan 7E + Fuji Velva 50 (for when  I feel like shooting film)


• Canon 16-35 f/2.8 L II USM

• Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II USM

• Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II USM w/ Kirk Industries LP-41 Lens Plate 

• Canon Extender EF 2X III


• Gitzo Mountaineer GT2532 Carbon Fiber Tripod, series 2 3 section

• Manfrotto MHXPRO-3W 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head w/ Acra-Swiss type clamp conversion

• Kirk Industries QR-AB1QR Arca-Swiss type clamp adapter

• Kirk Industries LRP-1 Long Rail Plate


• Hoya NXT HMC UV 77

• Hoya NXT HMC UV 82

• Hoya NXT CIR-PL 77

• Hoya HD2 CIR-PL 82

• Hoya HMC ND8 77

• Hoya HMC ND8 82

• Hoya PROND 1000X 77

• Hoya PROND 1000X 82

• Manfrotto Xume Quick Release Filter Adapter System 77

• Manfrotto Xume Quick Release Filter Adapter System 82

• DLC 77-82mm Step-Up Ring

• Custom 77mm Baader Planetarium AstroSolar Safety Film Metal Ringed Solar Filter

Remote Release

• Canon RS-80N3 Remote Release

Camera Bags

• Lowepro Vertex 200 AW (main bag)

• Lowepro Pro Runner 200 (lightweight bag)


• Multiple SanDisk and PNY memory cards ranging from 32GB to 128GB

• Multiple Canon LP-E6/LP-E6N batteries

• Canon BGM-E11A battery magazine (backup magazine) with 6 2700mAh Lenmar NiMi Batteries

• Canon Speedlite 430EX II

• Gaffers Tape

• Cleaning kit

• Survival kit

• Multiple Flashlights and Headlamps: Fenix PD35 Flashlight, Fenix UC40E Flashlight, Fenix TK75 Flashlight, Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp

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