About James Nagel

Wedding and Elopement Photographer for the Adventurous and In Love

Dirt can be brushed off. Rain can dry. Nature presents obstacles, but I see them as opportunities to capture unforgettable moments on your special day. 

Whether your venue is just off the road or deep among the redwoods, I hope to join you and capture your great adventure together.

Couples choose me for my style of rich natural colors, crisp focus, and geometric compositions that pull in the natural landscape – something I’ve been developing and refining over the past seven years.

I’ve photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area, nearby Yosemite National Park, Santa Cruz, and occasionally overseas in places like Paris, France. 

Questions? Please reach out directly to james@jamesnagelphotography.com


Kathryn Lewis

Partner / Second Shooter

Our first wedding together in 2017.

As a soon-to-be-married couple, you can understand the joy of spending the afternoon with your best friend. I am so fortunate to have found someone who shares the same passion for capturing life’s most precious moments. Kathryn Lewis has been a full-time professional photographer for three years. Couples are always impressed by her candid portraits, clean lines, and crisp focus. She has no problem helping people feel at ease in front of a camera.

You can often find Kathryn covering weddings at San Francisco City Hall. Examples of her amazing work can be found at her website


Julian Wilson Holmes

Technical Lead / Second Shooter

Julian has an extensive technical background in photography and web development. He is my go-to source in overcoming technical challenges and choosing the best equipment to suit the job. He has also been utilized as a second shooter, bringing his expertise in wide angle compositions and extraordinarily original candids that help complete the perfect wedding gallery.