Jim Nevill is a photographer, drone pilot, family man and outdoor sports enthusiast.  After a fulfilling 25-year career directing wilderness adventure programs for teens, Jim shifted his focus to pursue a career in photography. Jim is driven by passion, supporting environmental causes and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Since beginning his '2.0' career as a lensman, his work has been published by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Surfer Magazine, National Geographic Adventure and more. His prints are displayed in homes and commercial spaces worldwide.


For as long as I can remember, I've enjoyed making art, being outdoors and trying new things.  I've been a surfer my whole life and have a deep affinity for the ocean and the backcountry.  Long before photography became my career, I shot for pure passion by doing landscapes, night photography and photographing waves and surfers on my travels.  People seemed to enjoy my work, started buying prints, commissioning me for art installments and publishing my work.   The positive feedback encouraged me to keep experimenting, failing and deepening my love for the process.  In 2016 I began taking on small scale commercial projects - shooting golf courses, vineyards and providing the real estate and architectural industries with the content they need to increase their media presence.

I love photography the unique voice I get to have as I produce works and for the challenges the process presents.  Photography helps me to tell my own stories and helps other people better tell theirs as well .  I judge my work by how it makes me and others feel. My hope is that my images encourage others to more fully appreciate their own surroundings and the fragile environment we live in.


I currently shoot with Nikon cameras and lenses and fly DJI drones.


I grew up in New York, on the south shore of Long Island about 13 miles from Manhattan.  I feel blessed to have grown up with the best pizza and bagels on Earth...which made up for the extended lulls we experienced as surfers.  I learned to surf at Point Lookout Beach and took my first photography class at 4-H Camp at 12 years old.  I've have had a camera with me ever since.  

After earning a Psychology degree at the University of Dayton in 1995 I moved to coastal Northern California and met my wife Tracy where we currently live with our two awesome kids.

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