James is a Philadelphia-born, New York City-based set designer and prop stylist. From an early age, he was drawn to furniture making and to photography. Later, after graduating from Rhode Island School of Design's Department of Furniture Design in 2008, he relocated to New York where he was first introduced to set design.

After several years spent assisting set designers in collaboration with photographers Craig McDean, Steven Klein, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, among others, James established himself as an independent designer. Based out of his studio in Brooklyn, he works regularly with editorial and advertising clients, including Numéro Magazine and Nike Group.