Featured Student Work and Words

Be warned...if you become his student, you will find yourself on a path into the imagination.


“Jim is one of those people that expects greatness from his students because of his belief that every one of us has an enormous wealth of creativity. His instruction is kind and patient, he always reminds you that you know more than you did yesterday and that you will know still more tomorrow. Jim has become my mentor and my friend. Be warned, you will not just be learning techniques if you become his student, you will find yourself on a path into the imagination.”
-Dominica Wasilewska Fisher


Jim helped me to define and pursue my vision...


“When I met Jim, I knew right away that there was ‘something’ about him and his work. After seeing his presentation at Out Of Chicago, I decided to take his Black and White Artistry class. The class was a beautiful and powerful experience. Jim helped me to define and pursue my vision and taught me the techniques I needed to perfect my work. Most importantly, he understood me, the person and the artist. I am proud to call him friend and mentor.”

-Federica Ghidelli


He said, "Maria, deep down inside, the photography muse is tugging at your heart."


“Jim has an exceptional gift. He showed me how to look at things in a way that I had never seen before and guided me to make my own vision come true. He made me fall in love with photography all over again. I am so thankful for Jim. His love and passion for the art of photography is inspiring. He has taught me so much and still continues to help me whenever I need him. That’s the kind of person Jim is: passionate, kind, inspiring, and always, always, helpful.”

-Maria Spanos


He is the master come down from the top of the mountain...


“Jim is that rare kind of teaching artist that genuinely cares about each student’s growth and challenges them to maximize the full potential of their photographic material. I can sincerely say I wouldn’t be half the artist had I never crossed paths with Jim’s mentorship and inspiring work. When Jim speaks and engages you, you sit up and listen. He is the master come down from the top of the mountain with the ease and experience to explain both the creative, inner process and the technical skills needed to realize world class, photographic art.”

-Jeffrey Gabriel Silva


His tutelage is second to none...


“I’ve been enamored with Jim’s artistry for a long time. I attended a few of his workshops in Scotland and took his Black & White Artistry class in Chicago. I’ve used his approach on some of my own work and it has come out beautifully. In fact, I used some of Jim’s techniques to create the mood of this Cuban flamenco dancer piece. His tutelage is second to none. It’s been exciting to see Jim’s continual growth and success over the years and I look forward to seeing what’s next.”

-James MacArthur Cole


Jim is the difference maker...your creative work and life will never be the same.


“It took me 40 years to dive headfirst into the War of Art. At the time, I didn’t even know what I wanted to convey with my images. To say there were moments of profound frustration would be a huge understatement. The ONLY reason I was able to stick with it was because of Jim. He taught me that only by throwing my fear of failure into my work (and I failed many, many times) could I begin to feel the inexhaustible well of creative passion. Jim is the difference maker. Once you become part of The Tribe, your creative work and life will never be the same.

P.S. – he’s also the photography incarnate of Bob Ross! You’ll see what I mean… :)”

-Jennifer Regnier

I highly recommend Jim to anyone!


“Jim has a command of the technical and artistic side of photography that is always on full display. While we all had varying photographic skill levels, one of the great pleasures I found was in watching Jim interact with everyone. He put everyone at ease and was open and generous in sharing his ideas. His discussion about vision, light, form, and volume challenged us to think about the subject matter before shooting it. His instruction was exceptional! I highly recommend Jim to anyone!”

-Mike Baker


He taught me that I'm not just a photographer, I'm an artist who happens to use a camera.


“Jim is a one-of-a kind, brilliant teacher and mentor. The one you’ll remember for the rest of your life. The one who will push you to become better than you ever imaged. He has enabled me, coached me, and given me the confidence to pursue my vision. And he helped me understand what vision is: something abstract made real through creative work. Not only did he give me tools and techniques that made my vision come to life, he showed me how to see the world in a different way. He taught me that I’m not just a photographer, I’m an artist who happens to use a camera.”

-Barb Pashup

Bottom line, outstanding instructor!


“The moment I first met Jim, his talent was immediately evident. Outstanding instructor!  From capturing the images all the way to the print, Jim is there teaching and inspiring everyone, always there to push you one step further. Bottom line, outstanding instructor! Looking forward to my next of many classes with Jim!”

-Thomas Quinn


I am inspired by Jim's work and teaching...


“Jim teaches with a passion and energy that is contagious. The classes and workshops with him have been some of my most powerful lessons in photography. He is painstaking in his course preparation and delivers content that students will use over and over again in their work. He often reminds his students that they are his students for life, and always welcomes them to reach out for questions or help. He has become a great supporter of my passion for photography, and I am inspired by his work and teaching.”

-Neale Zingle