The Photographer


James C Kling

Hi! I'm James, senior photographer and owner of Blue Prince Photography. I would like to welcome you to this corner of the web, and give you just a little bit about me, and ultimately, us.

In 1988, at 11 years old, I built my first camera for a science fair project. It was made out of two shoeboxes, a few pieces of folded posterboard, some duct tape, and a can of flat-black spray paint. I also turned my 2 foot by 4 foot closet into a darkroom to develop and transfer films onto paper. This was all wayyy before Google.


I shot 110 and 35mm with cheap point'n'shoots, until the digital revolution where I was an early adopter. I inherited some very old Nikon hardware from my grandmother, and when the DSLR market took off, some of those lenses were super effective. That is what put me on the path I now walk

Since that time, I served in the Army (as a crew chief for AH-64A Apache helicopters), which took me to the East Coast for the better part of 20 years before we could relocate to the glorious PNW, and settle down here in the Portland area. Some of my children have caught the shutterbug, too, and my son sometimes shoots with us.

We live in Camas (Washington), but the studio is in the Northwest District of PDX, in-between Montgomery Park and the Fremont Bridge. I love getting out into nature, though. Landscape and nature photography doesn't pay the bills, but it does let me find fantastic sites to shoot beautiful people in beautiful places.





being outdoors in general


quality glass


all things aviation


family life


open source software


music in general




spaghetti (yeah, it's weird, I know)


drivers who cannot understand what the left lane is for


Adobe Creative Cloud licensing


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