Welcome! I'm James Drake.

I'm a Director of Photography, Camera Operator, and Assistant Camera from Virginia. I freelance and I'm also the owner of 12Gates Films & Services, a production company which specializes in marketing and branding through film and video.

Growing up, my mom was the family photographer, so I have been around cameras for as long as I can remember. It was while watching the behind-the-scenes of 'Saving Private Ryan' on VHS that I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker. 

I have served in various capacities on productions such as Fox’s “Strange Inheritance,” DIY Network’s “First Time Flippers,” as well as a host of sporting events, live shows, music videos, and short and feature films. I was recently presented the Christian Film Festival’s Best Cinematography award for lensing the short film “Tom’s Last Night,” which went on to win the award for best short film. I lead the Media Ministry at Kingdom Pursuers International Ministries in Richmond, VA where I oversee production of film, print, audio, and web media for various ministry uses.

I currently work throughout the U.S., but have aspirations to work around the world.

I'm ready to put my expertise to work for you. Let me know how I can be of assistance to you!