Friday, March 23, 2018

Three Great Photo Learning Opportunities for May 2018 | Ohio Photography Workshops

It's been a long winter. It's always a long winter in Ohio. I make no effort anymore at trying to hide my displeasure of Ohio winters. There are a combination of factors, both external and internal history. But I endure and hope for spring, which never disappoints. The light returns, life returns and positive energy flows again.

Of all my years photographing the nature and landscape of Ohio I've come to find that period of mid-April through early June to be the most beautiful. This is why I've scheduled not one, not two but THREE photographic workshop presentations for the month of May 2018.

The first will be held on Saturday May 12th at Cox Arboretum MetroPark in Dayton. This is a full-day workshop on basic lighting and composition for both nature and outdoor portrait photography. It's also one of the Super 1Day of Learning organized by the Professional Photographers of America. Open to both members and non-members, you can register via You do need to register to use the PPA web site, but there's no cost to do so.

The second workshop will be a two-day program on Thursday and Friday May 17 - 18 at The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio. A segment on night sky photography (weather permitting) will be included. The emphasis will be on spring nature and landscape photography in what I consider to be the most beautiful month for photography in Hocking Hills. Group size is limited to the first 20 people who register. The fee is $150 per person which doesn't include transportation and lodging. To register email or call 937-896-6311.

The third program will on the evening of May 24th at Great Miami Outfitters in the Cross Pointe Center in Centerville, Ohio. This will be an hour and half presentation titled Outdoor Photography Basics for Hikers and Kayakers. Free and open to the public but seating is limited, so please register via the program page on their web site @

Now how is that for super-charging spring in Ohio? Winter has nothing on it :) All good stuff.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Value in the Experience of Portrait Photography

I was very thankful to have the opportunity to photograph a fun portrait session last week, with Sallie and her son Trent. We found a beautiful location in late afternoon sunlight on a private farm property near Centerville, Ohio.

Successful portrait photographers understand that delivering value to the portrait client is much more than just simply providing professional imagery. It's also about the experience and delivering to the client a positive memory of the photo shoot to connect to the prints.

With every portrait session I carry with me a bit of that "photography teacher" within me. Instead of just simply directing my clients to where I want them I always explain what it is about the scene that works so well with them as the main subjects and why I am working with the light - both ambient and the light I bring with me - the way I do.

When the client feels like he or she is part of the total experience - and not simply posed subjects - it shows in their eyes and smiles and subsequently, the final images.

To schedule your portrait photography experience, please email or call 937-477-9324. I would be very happy and thankful for the opportunity to deliver images and an experience that will last a lifetime.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I love what I do, I am good at what I do and . . . yes, I actually NEED to do what I do

It's that simple. Take another look at this blog entry title.

Got it?

Why hire a professional photographer versus the soccer-mom-with-a-good-camera?  Here are 10 reasons why:
  1. Quality of Work
  2. Dependability
  3. Fully Insured
  4. All client image files are carefully organized and back-up across multiple media
  5. Professional bearing and appearance while working at client's location
  6. Actual, true corporate experience working on the "other side" of the desk
  7. Bringing more to the table than just great imagery
  8. Over-delivers and delivers on-time
  9. Listens to understand client goals and expectations before the camera and lights come out of the bag
  10. And his or her career and passion to create and capture photographs that best  represent the passion that each client has for his or her business and customer and their respective communities

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Go Calmly | Living Outward with Confidence of Vision

Go calmly where your heart takes you. Stay attuned to life’s graces as they are presented before you. There’s a positive life energy there that can’t be found anywhere else. We live in a world of constant temptation; a negative energy and focus that collapses too far inward. Reflect outward the gift of grace and the world filled with the Holy Spirit will dance before you, in the light, in the love, in each moment we can become unattached to all that hinders and blocks grace through us. Stay humble, stay open, stay kind and let go.
Autumn montage of fine art landscape photography by Jim Crotty with locations that include Hilton Head Island South Carolina and Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio.

Landscape Photography Montage by Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty