A little about Jim Gates

jim gates, photographer cayman islandsI was in Australia when I decided I’d pursue photography as a career. Instead of buying postcards I’d take pictures, have them developed and write my stories on the back of the prints, affix some postage and send them off.
I knew nothing about photography except that I enjoyed doing it. And although I hadn’t yet chosen a profession, I had firmly made up my mind about one thing: I would find what I love to do and pursue it.
My professional foray in photography began in 2000 when I attended the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, B.C. After school I started as a journalist/photographer at The Hinton Parklander in Alberta before moving to Grand Cayman in 2004 where I worked as a freelance commercial photographer until 2009. In July 2009 I moved back to British Columbia for a year before I decided that my heart was still in Cayman. I returned to the islands and to date, I’ve shot more than 400 weddings, international boat races and tennis tournaments, many corporate events and a variety of other commercial work.
I continue to love what I do for a living, so for now I will continue to do it! If anyone who reads this has any questions about my work or any general questions about photography please get in touch. I’d be happy to pass on anything I can if it helps someone enjoy photography as I have.


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a fun engagement with an amazing sunset

Andrew had the perfect plan! A romantic getaway at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman sounded like a great mini vacation forView full post »

celebrating anniversary in paradise

I met Kelly and Ty five years ago when I had the honor to photograph their wedding  here in Grand Cayman. This year,View full post »

cayman cocktail week

It was awesome to be part of the 2015 Cayman Cocktail week, which includes seven days of fun & exciting events! WeView full post »

Amazing sunset with a lovely couple

Sometimes the cloudy days are the best!  We met Elena & Vince while they were staying at The Ritz-Carlton GrandView full post »

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Celebrating anniversary in paradise

Ted & Margo got married last October at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman and Jim had the pleasure to photograph theirView full post »

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Champagne sisters from sweet Alabama at The Ritz-Carlton

Lovely, fun & sweet family coming from Birmingham, Alabama. This was their first time to Grand Cayman so theyView full post »

And if you’re wondering how I spend my free time 🙂

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