photo updates from Jim and Mary Whitmer

Children Photos

The Young Face of Skiing

The swoosh, speed and grace of experienced downhill skiers is always fascinating to watch.  But what about the “skiers of tomorrow”?  I had a chance to watch (and photograph) some very young skiers getting their early learning at a kids ski school here in Breckenridge, CO.

Girl on Skis

Girl on Skis

Little boy crying

Little boy crying

Final Day in California

The perfect weather continued for us today, and we enjoyed a good day of new shooting in Dana Point and Laguna Beach, CA.  The vitality of outdoor living is so apparent here – and it’s not limited to a particular age group.  It seems like everyone was energized by the extraordinary weather, no matter what their age.  This collage includes a variety of activities, including a new one for us:  “paddle surfing”

New Photos from California

We are still in southern California (yes, escaping the Midwest winter) and are finding some wonderful new images for our photo files.  The weather has been perfect for a wide range of outdoor shooting and we’re adding a collage to feature just a few. A couple notes: the image of a physically challenged photographer working with a mounted tripod on his wheelchair was a unique experience. I introduced myself and connected with him as a “fellow-photographer” during a brief conversation.

The windmill farm outside of Desert Springs is an amazing scene. We enjoyed the challenge of shooting them in a variety of angles and modes. Our visit to Joshua Tree National Park has given us a nice range of rock climbers and rock formations. It was a bit daunting to see the intrepid climbers go straight up on shear face mountain walls. And the Bighorn Sheep photo may be our favorite of the trip so far. These guys seemed like they wanted to pose for us.

New Stock Photos from California Trip

New Stock Photos from California Trip

Suzuki Strings Concert at Wheaton College

Each year, I have the chance to provide the photo coverage for the Christmas concert hosted and produced by The Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College . They currently are teaching 1500 students with the mission of providing “professional instruction in the Fine Arts to students of all ages and ability levels.” Their concert today was a joyous reflection of Christmas inspiration. On their website, there’s a great quote from a parent about the program: “I enroll my children in Suzuki Violin not because I want them to be a violinist, but for the life lessons.”

Some of the children learning at The Community School - © 2008 Jim Whitmer

A Future Ballerina


We’re currently visiting family in Harrison, AR. Our adopted granddaughter just received a new ballerina outfit, and Mary has been reading a book to her about young ballerinas. As a result, Mary was able to get this photo of her and did some creative interpretation for the background.

Weekend Photo Assignment in St. Paul

I was on assignment for ON MISSION Magazine, covering a feature story on “The Healthy Ethnic Church.” There is a vital and growing Hmong church, and in addition to photographing a food basket distribution, I was taken with their faces.

Photos of members of a Hmong Church - © 2008 Jim Whitmer

Sunday Service

Photography is often a 7 days a week opportunity, and this Sunday was one of those days and opportunities to help out in some important service and ministry projects.

Extended Morning Church Attendance - Photo © 2008 Jim Whitmer

First Baptist Church Kids - Photo © 2008 Jim Whitmer

A Willing Helper - Photo © 2008 Jim Whitmer

Second Service - Photo © 2008 Jim Whitmer

Kids Helping Out - Photo © 2008 Jim Whitmer