We had the good fortune of connecting with James Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always been creative, but my job at the time was not allowing me to use my creativity as I had hoped. I chose to start doing photography as a career in order to have the creative outlet that I craved. I wanted a career that helped me see more meaning in everyday life. I decided to finally follow my passion and not just follow stability.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Synapse Photography is a photography business that really covers all areas of photography but, dance photography has become an area of specialty over the past few years. Synapse Photography is what it is today because I have always been open to trying any style of photography. I love challenges and working with people to achieve a goal. This business is built on honesty with clients, openness to new ideas, and a willingness to learn. It has not been easy, but it has been a fun and challenging journey. I believe in the idea that challenges put you into a state of growth, they allow you to learn and to better yourself. One big lesson I’ve learned is just how important it is to communicate with clients. It’s important to be clear and honest with professional communication, but it is also important to discuss and explain the artistic vision behind each photoshoot so that the outcome meets the expectations of the client. I really enjoy being able to capture a special moment and make people happy.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I like a lot of the small neighborhoods and green spaces around Atlanta. It is nice to live in a city with a lot of green space for walking, urban hiking and exploring. I’d probably take someone to Piedmont Park for an afternoon then stop for a cheesesteak at Woody’s CheeseSteaks on Monroe. We would visit Decatur Square and have a drink at any one of the amazing restaurants on the square. A morning hike through Morningside Nature Preserve would be a nice way to work up an appetite for Farm Burger. A visit to the High Museum would be a must and I’d hope to be able to squeeze in a live show at Dad’s Garage. If there were time, we could have a fancy night out at a concert by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra or a performance by Atlanta Ballet.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my wife, Emma. She took a chance on me, got me my first professional camera, and encouraged me to start exploring my passion. She has been supportive of me through the whole process of beginning a photography business. Whenever I have a doubt about myself or my business, she pushes me to keep going and never back down.