Meet Kial James.


Kial James is an accomplished artist, author and photographer hailing from the picturesque foothill region of Northern California. With a portfolio that has graced the pages of numerous magazines, websites, and even magazine covers, Kial's creative works have earned him recognition in both the digital and print realms. His photography has been showcased in esteemed outlets such as Outside Online, NBC, Costco, Forbes, Getty, CNN, Fox, and even at prestigious events like the Sundance Film Festival.

Recognized by the California State Assembly and Senator Brian Dahle for his outstanding contributions to the world of art and photography, Kial has also earned the distinction of being the winner of the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award.

Kial's talent is not confined to the camera lens alone. He has been honored as Nevada County's Best Photographer and received the Parent's Choice accolade for Top Photographer for multiple years. His versatile skills encompass Commercial Photography, Family Photography, Senior Portraits, Lifestyle Shoots, and more.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Kial cherishes moments spent with his wife and four children in their foothill home in Nevada City, California. The scenic beauty of this town serves as both a backdrop for his artistry and a nurturing environment for his family. Kial remains open to new assignments and opportunities, even beyond the confines of Northern California.

Additionally, Kial's latest book, "YUBA: A Study of Light and Contrasting Beauty," is now available on, offering a unique insight into his creative vision and the stunning beauty of the majestic Yuba River in Northern California.

Kial James with State Senator Brian Dahle

Kial James with California State Senator Brian Dahle

Nevada City Scenics Photo Walks by Kial James

Kial James leading a local Photo Walk

Kial James Fine Art Photography

Kial James Delivering New Wall Art

All work and no play make for a no-good day.

North Auburn Family Portrait

Spending Time with the Family and Kids

Kial James on Location at The Yuba River

Kial James on Location for a Shoot

Kial James Fishing Yuba River

Kial James Fishing a Secluded Spot

Lagunitas Brewery Sampler

Kial James About to Enjoy his Favorite Beers

Touring the United States in 2020 with a Childhood Friend

Kial James with Riley James

Kial James with his EMT/Firefighter son, Riley


Dr. Carolyn W.

“Dear Kial, Thank you! This is the perfect photograph for our room. I am SO happy with it and I love the metal feel. It is vivid and almost three dimensional, the bridges add a visual depth effect as well. The colors are perfect with our room too. I may order some more of your prints for the house, smaller ones. Maybe our clinic could be a gallery as well.”

Ballet Dancer with amazing sunset in background