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Professional photographer Jim Crotty. Fine art prints, photography workshops, stock images and commercial/assignment photography, based in Frisco, Texas but frequently returns to Hocking Hills, Ohio to teach weekend workshops at The Inn at Cedar Falls.

May in Ohio and Three Great Opportunities for Learning and Improving Your Photography

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 https://www.ppa.com/events/super-one-day. 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 jim@jimcrotty.com or call 937-896-6311.

Promo flyer for May 17 – 18 2018 spring photography workshop in Hocking Hills Ohio by Jim Crotty

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 @ https://www.greatmiamioutfitters.com/outdoor-photography-basics-for-hikers-and-kayakers-may-24-2018.html

Screen shot of nature photography presentation program at Great Miami Outfitters on May 24 2018 by Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty

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

2018 | Renew the Authentic and the Compassionate Heart

We have the capacity to choose what echoes through the coming years of our lives, whether it be the pain of hurt and regret or the memory of those times when we pushed through with faith to carry-on to new growth and possibilities.

The temptation to remain in the comfort of hurt and regret is always there, particularly when we find ourselves in environments where we are surrounded by reminders of our past and there’s a constant, dark shadow energy of playing it safe and serving something that will never serve what’s best for our hearts.

It’s all meaningless when we commit ourselves to the discipline of growth and change and shake loose the tentacles of our past who are dependent on maintaining their cold, hard grips. It’s all noise when we choose to listen to the soul-destiny of what should – and still can – be in the full fruition of our talents. It’s nothing compared to the light of our courage to go on and prove to the dark shadow energy just how dark and sad it really is.

The excuses we convince ourselves of are just that, excuses. Instead just imagine the wonderful power of change and example being set for the generations to follow, to not succumb, to challenge, to grow, to stay fully in awareness of heart, mind and soul. To be beyond our present circumstances in fully in the light of possibility.

May 2018 be the year all of us break free from all that is toxic for the soul and return to the essence of what is good and lasting and hopeful.

Modernity and its money-induced machines have placed in us this tendency toward unhealthy addictions that do nothing but serve our fears and egos while starving the heart, of true connection, of authenticity, of compassion beyond mere appearances. There is so much more to life than all of that. I know!

May 2018 be the year we regain the high ground not of pride and self-appointed authority of some pain we refuse to release but of reawakened wonder and pursuit of what it is that makes the heart sing in pure, honest joy. Hold there – the real high ground – and let love hold what is beautiful in you and let the light fill fully where it has longed to be.

The 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.

Professional Portrait Photography by Dayton Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty
Professional Portrait Photography by Dayton Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty
Professional Portrait Photography by Dayton Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty
Professional Portrait Photography by Dayton Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty
Professional Portrait Photography by Dayton Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty
Professional Portrait Photography by Dayton Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty

I love what I do, I am good at what I do and I NEED to do what I do

It’s that simple. Take another look at my title for this blog entry. Especially the last part.

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
Professional Photographer Jim Crotty and the first five to his top 10 reasons why you should hire a professional photographer
Professional Photographer Jim Crotty and the second five to his top 10 reasons why you should hire a professional photographer

Jim Crotty Introduces Consulting and Training Services for In-House Product Photography

Recently I have been providing onsite consulting services to firms interested in improving and enhancing – or even just starting – their own in-house product photography studios and capabilities. I thoroughly enjoy these opportunities to show companies how they can improve the online appearance of their product lines by not only recommending the right equipment but offering the right training for their staff to shoot exceptional product imagery, from capture to edit to posting. If your firm would like to break away from stock images or lackluster photographs of your products I can help! Additional information @ http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/consulting-services. I’d be happy to provide a free estimate over the phone or via email.