Jim Folliard, Founder, Director, Cinematographer, Photographer & Editor

Jim Folliard

Jim Folliard

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  • Founder, Director, Cinematographer, Photographer & Editor
  • Gearshift Studios
  • 2100 Reston Parkway, Suite C102 Reston, VA 20191
  • 703.962.1270
Jim Folliard is the founder and head cinematographer of Gearshift TV. Jim has been honing his photography and videography skills for over twenty years.

Jim is a Virginia native who has spent his entire life living and working in the area. Jim is very well known in the DC metropolitan area for his work with local restaurants, athletes, car dealerships, night clubs, and other business owners. It is not uncommon to catch one of Jim's commercials on TV as well as large venues such as the Jumbotron at Fed Ex Field.

Jim is married to Shuggie Folliard and they live in Herndon, Virginia with their three kids Gigi, Jimmy and Fiona. 

Jim's passion for videography and photography is apparent with just one look at his work. Jim goes out of his way to create personal relationships with each of his clients. If you ask his clients to describe Jim and his work they will undoubtedly use the phrase, "attention to detail".
Jim has been on the board for George Mason's School of Film and Video Studies since 2015. He enjoys the opportunity to give back some of the knowledge he's accumulated to the next generation of film and photography professionals. Here's a look at a video he produced for their showcase event Off the Wall.


Following his graduation from West Springfield High School Jim enrolled at Radford University in southwest Virginia. Jim graduated with a degree in Small Business Management and began to pursue his career behind the lens.


Jim's book Nine Nifty Tips For Effective Video Clips is available for FREE download on our website.

Community Activities:

In his free time Jim plays basketball in a men's league. Jim enjoys working out at the gym and engaging in various outdoor activities. Jim is a proud family man and much of his free time is spent with his wife in kids at their home in Herndon.