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      About Jim and Mary Whitmer

Jim, a native of Wheaton, IL, graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in communications. He served in the US Army as a Signal Corps photo officer and was stationed in Ft. Gordon, GA, and South Viet Nam in 1971. He began freelancing shortly after his military commitment and has been self-employed since.

Mary was born in Oak Park, IL and also lived in Florida. She is a registered nurse and also graduated from Wheaton College with a BA degree in psychology. She was a professional fashion and catalog model in Chicago and uses her fashion and styling expertise in their photography.

Together, they have worked extensively in the editorial and advertising markets, having produced hundreds of cover illustrations for brochures, books and magazines over the past 30 years. One of their specialties is photographing people in real-life situations and their images often convey a spiritual quality and vitality.

Many of their images have been taken in third world countries during photojournalistic coverage for relief agencies. Their scenic photos are a result of frequent travel opportunities world wide.

As well as providing a large selection of imagery from stock, they also handle a wide range of special assignments in their studio or on location.  Over the years they have enjoyed photographing many notables, including four US Presidents, Billy Graham, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Mel Gibson, Johnny Cash, Barbara Mandrell, Tony Orlando, Jesse Jackson, Walter Payton, Phil Donahue, James Denton, Gail O'Grady and many Christian artists, musicians and speakers. For years they worked regularly for Woman's World Magazine using Chicago models for their assignments.

Jim and Mary's favorite images in recent years have been photographed in Italy and France, where they have enjoyed the unique lighting and subject matter for their new digital art collections.

Their new interests are in the fine art images they have digitally reproduced.

Whether photographing refugees, families in America, elderly retirement situations or children in the classroom, Jim and Mary have consistently expressed a unique love for people and have immersed their lives in the people they photograph.  They began their careers as people photographers and find that is their greatest joy today.


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