About jsarasota / FAQ

photo of jsarasota on his motorcycle

Hey I’m James, aka jsarasota. If you live in the Venice-Sarasota area, you’ve probably seen my photos before. It could have been on your friend’s VSCO, in a booklet about area wetlands, or reading the local news. I’ve shot everything from stereo-microscope zooms of invertebrates to landscapes, but I’m mostly known for my surf/skim, portrait, and sunset photography.

My photos have been viewed more than a million times online and shared thousands of times on Facebook, Instagram, VSCO, and Snap. I think that’s pretty cool, and I hope they’ve maxed your stoke.

“No, seriously, where have I seen your photos?”
Social media and/or web sites…

FloFlops, the Compound Boardshop, JOLYN Swimwear AUS // NZ, Freestyle Watches, Zap Skimboards, Gulfster.com, Florida State Surfing Championship, Visit Sarasota County, United Skim Tour, Skim USA, Space Coast BoardRiders Club, RISE Fitness, Sun News Media, Surf Station, Victoria Skimboards, Los Angeles Times (online), Paradise FitSurf, Rogue Waves, CrossFit Nullis Terminis, FlohanaSurf, Raw Surf, KOMBUCHA 221 B.C., Empire Bodyboards, The 180 House, Friends of the Legacy Trail, Wellen Park, Surf and Skate Warehouse, Venice Jetty Surf, Google Maps, Surfers Warehouse, and so on; plus hundreds of professional and amateur athletes, model pages, and your friend’s mom’s Insta.

Follow me on Instagram to see what I’ve been shooting lately.


I get a lot of questions in DMs and in person. Here’s some info.

What camera/equipment do you use?
I’m all about mobility and compactness. I usually shoot with an Olympus Micro 4/3, using various prime portrait, wide-angle, and telephoto lenses.

Will you shoot my event?
It depends on my schedule and the location of the event. Hit me up on Instagram and tell me about your event and what you need.

I [insert thing you do here – skate, run, model, skim, kiteboard, etc]. Do you want to do a photoshoot?
Hit me up on Instagram and tell me your idea.

Do you edit your photos?
Yes, within limits. I’m not a Faketographer – no fake skies, no color masks, no heavy editing. I like the photos to convey the feeling/vibe/look I experienced when I was there shooting, but I also have a one-minute rule. If it takes more than one-minute to edit a photograph, I’m probably going to hit delete.

Why “respectful re-use allowed with attribution”?
I think an attribution (shot by jsarasota or tagging me) is fair and simple to do.

I say “respectful” because I’ve had a few people re-use images in a disrespectful way. Once it was an attention-seeking teenager. Another time is was a creepy adult woman. Be respectful. It’s easy.