About Whitesell Photography
Creating wonderful artwork for you is much more than pointing a camera and clicking the shutter.
Our photographic art is the result of care and the skill acquired over decades of creating. Whether your style is Traditional, Retro, Country, Urban Grunge or something in between, we approach each commission with creativity few possess. We guarantee you’ll love the artwork we create. As time passes, you’ll look back on today’s art pieces as if you were looking through a window to the past.
We don’t hand you hundreds of snapshots on a flash drive after we’re done. We follow through with every detail from helping you select the perfect poses, perfecting the scenes with professional retouching, then producing final artwork to to the perfect size and style for your space.
About Jim Whitesell:
You probably know someone whose interests have been focused on a single subject from an early age. It could be cars, music, animals, or sports. For me it was creating imagery. There was something magical about this window into other lives and places. I was irresistibly drawn to the magic of creating images that evoke passion, joy, and family.
I started taking pictures in early elementary school. I had my camera with me everywhere and produced mainly what we’d call street photography today. I photographed friends, family, strangers, pets, landscapes, cityscapes, abstract. My first paid gig was a wedding I did at the age of 12. The first time I had pictures published was a year later. I was hooked! I continued shooting and started developing my own film around this time. In high school I became the photo editor of the school yearbook which took national honours. My first job out of high school was as the photographer for a large school portrait company.
I spent my 18th birthday assisting a well-known celebrity photographer with a shoot in Tucson, AZ who was taking portraits of actors from a major Hollywood movie – the assignment was for Vogue magazine.
In the following years I worked in photo labs and continued to shoot professionally. My brother and I opened the first same-day photofinishing lab in Tempe, Arizona which was the second photo lab I had owned.
I continue to do many types of photography including weddings, portraits, commercial product shots, architecture, action and sports – each new assignment allows me to find creative ways to capture and share my view through the lens.
I am most comfortable working with people so I can create the memories my clients love. While equipment and techniques evolve and the darkroom has largely been replaced by the computer, creating unique and memorable art is timeless. I get great personal satisfaction when I see emotional reactions to my artwork and I take pride in creating moments in time that families will enjoy for years to come.
Even though I have years of experience to draw upon, I find myself constantly driven to create something new and memorable when I’m creating for my next subjects. Of course I’m proud of the artwork I’ve created in the past but my passion is like an un-quenched thirst that drives me to create new art that will be valued and enjoyed for generations to come.
I invite you to contact me today so we can explore what we can create together.
Love Our Portraits!
Our Family Portraits look fantastic on our wall