I am James Wittmayer, but a lot of people call me "Witty" for short. Let's do this whole get to know me thing Q&A style
Where did you grow up? Well, I grew up in San Diego. Growing up in a place where City and Sea were prominent forever instilled in me a love and passion for coastal cities. When I was just out of high school, I decided to move to Santa Barbara to attend Brooks Institute where I studied photography day and night, lived on a sail boat, and began my hot pursuit of Jess ... and won ;)
What drives you? Playing host is by far one of my favorite things. I prefer to spend most of my time with people — photographing, talking, teaching, connecting. So needless to say, I am an extremely extroverted human with the slight exception for my love of books. This usually involves a drink in hand a laughing until my stomach hurts. Whether on their wedding day or in their small business, I come alive helping others thrive!
What Influences you and why photography? Pulling influence from my love of coastal cities and travel. My admiration of Louis Armstrong and Indiana Jones definitely play a role in my love of old world maps, jazz, and adventure. Photography all started with my deep desire to travel and connect with humans everywhere I go! Once I fell in love with Jess, I began to understand the power two people in love can have, and I absolutely love being the one documenting the beginning of it all.
What is your favorite thing about working with Jess? Waking up next to her every morning, rolling out of bed, drinking coffee together discussing the day ahead, falling in love with her more and more every wedding we shoot ... One thing is rather difficult to choose. I love the feeling of her head on my shoulder as we take a red eye to the next coast, the way she undoubtedly stays positive in every situation, those moments I look at her and know this is exactly where I am supposed to be.