photo updates from Jim and Mary Whitmer

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Soothing Scenery in Southern Cal.

Just about every where we turn this week, there’s a new angle or action – and the cameras keep rolling.   The rich, deep colors of the sunset consistently call us to find an overlook somewhere to take it in.

Europe – A great trip

The sites, sounds and views we saw in multiple destinations in Europe were delightful.  Here’s an overview of our work.

Fall Foilage in the Rockies

One of our favorite destinations for scenic and nature photography is the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and that’s where we currently are. The golden glow of the aspen trees is such a beautiful subject for us. Each new turn in the road or path presents another splash of color and visual interest for a photo perspective.

Production stills at Total Living Network

I had a wonderful opportunity recently to partner with the Total Living Network to do the production stills of the taping of a promotional video.  The featured spokesperson was Gavin MacLeod, a well-known TV actor, noted probably best for his role as the captain on The Love Boat TV series and the Mary Tyler Moore Show.   The new product series is called “Character Classics,” published by the Character  Building Company, and written by very well known children’s author Tony Salerno.


To learn more about the above:

The Total Living Network
For more information on Character Classics, please contact Carie Villotti at 630-801-3627 or email her at

Character  Building Company

Chicago Air Show 2009

Every summer, Chicago puts on a spectacular air and water show, and this year, we were privileged to join our friends Don and Kris Lake on their boat to see the event from out on Lake Michigan looking back towards North Avenue Beach. (yes, we were with the Lakes on the lake.) This collage will give you a preview of what we saw, but definitely not what we heard. Some of those thundering jets soared just above us and it’s amazing the sounds they generate. By the way, the photo in the upper right hand area is not a Photoshop trick. That seagull was actually in my view as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds screamed by. Honest.


Outreach Magazine Photo

Outreach, Inc., based in southern California has quickly grown to become the largest provider of outreach products and services in North America. They also publish Outreach Magazine, and we just recently connected with their director of creative services and art director, Tim Downs, and were able to provide a stock photo image for this article:


You can visit the Outreach web site here:

The managing editor of Outreach Magazine is James Long, a long-time friend and business associate.

Photos for “KIDS ALIVE, International”

Over the years, we’ve worked with an excellent graphic designer from the Northwest, John Berge.  (Berge Creative Group.)   He has just completed the summer newsletter for one of his clients, Kids Alive International.

The photos that John selected are from our photo library from multiple trips to Africa.  On our stock photos site,, we have a specific gallery from Africa, that we call “Africa Today.”


You can reach John Berge at this e-mail address:


We have been working on a complete e-commerce re-design for our stock photos site, and it’s now ready for viewing and download purchases.  Please come visit:     There will be frequent additions so please bookmark us and visit often.   Since we represent only our own original photography, we have the option to work through pricing considerations with any photo buyer.  We are also available for custom assignment work when time and budget permit. Please call or write.