photo updates from Jim and Mary Whitmer


Veterans’ Day – 2011

And for a unique video, please see this: God Bless America – Healing Field

Cantigny Golf

We picked Cantigny Golf Course as a place for a quick dinner this weekend – and this was the golf scene just outside the window of the restaurant.  (Nice shot – the golf one.)

EPA 2011

I have been attending the Evangelical Press Association convention in Lisle, IL this week.  We became associate members over 30 years ago, and have freelanced for many of the magazines in this association.  Here’s a slide show video overview of the 2nd of three days at this year’s convention featuring guest speakers, workshops, awards and considerable personal interchange.

Sunset Serenade – LaJolla, CA

We visited LaJolla last evening – and took in the gentle beauty of another stunning and awe-inspiring sunset.    The “sunset serenade” was quiet and peaceful – but really gorgeous.

New Inspiration

They say that artists need a time and place of “inspiration.”  We agree.   This is our current view and we’re getting inspired in many new ways.

This is an HDR image from CS5.

It’s Christmas Time

Here’s another wonderful slide show produced by the good folks at Legacy TV using our photos from Worship Photos.

Video Slide Show of CVON

For a special event, I worked with the marketing team at Covenant Village of Northbrook and produced a video slide show of not only the property, but the people and activities to best demonstrate what this retirement community has to offer.  Take a look:

Jerry Jenkins Photo Shoot

I spent the day yesterday with Jerry Jenkins – he was in Chicago for meetings at Moody, and asked me to do some new photo work with him.  His next novel to be released soon, “The Brotherhood,” is based in the city of Chicago.   Jerry is an outstanding author, but likes to be known for his role as husband, dad and grand dad.  I’m glad I can call him a friend.
Click above to visit the Tyndale web site for more information on this book.

Manika – Infomercial Photo Shoot

I recently had the opportunity to do the still photo work at an infomercial taping at TLN Studios in Aurora, IL.  Manika is an amazing young lady with extraordinary talent, and besides being a music artist, she is an author.   This video is a slide-show feature from the taping and the music track is from one of her recorded songs.

You may be interested in visiting her site:

Memorial Day – 2010

Yes, let’s remember.

Spring Time (finally)

When winter in the Midwest is long and cold,  it seems like Spring has a hard time getting started. But after our visit to Morton Arboretum yesterday, we can confirm that Spring is here. It’s always a refreshing challenge for us to find creative new perspectives. Enjoy our views.

Here’s a link to the Morton Arboretum web site.

Legal and Open Bible Distribution in China

I have had the privilege of doing photojournalism around the world for the past 40 years, but my current assignment in rural China has been one of the most enriching and rewarding life experiences ever.  Putting legally purchased Bibles into the hands of Chinese Christians has been extraordinary.   The reactions have been overwhelming joy by those receiving the Bibles, and also a good number of the church members openly wept, sometimes rather intensely, that their dream of having their own Bible was now a reality.  They treated us like heroes – This doesn’t get any better.

For more info about VOCA Bibles, please e-mail me.

California Coast – January 2010

There’s a quiet and peaceful energy on the Pacific Ocean coast in Western California.  We seem to find a photo op almost everywhere we turn.  We’ve enjoyed some spectacular weather here the past week and a half – and it’s given us the chance to appreciate and photograph the scenery around us.

Jan. 5 – International Film Festival – Palm Springs

We had the chance to play the role of part-time paparazzi this evening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  There was a large gathering of Hollywood fans there, but we did what we could to grab our angles and views.  Among the stars in attendance are the ones we have in our photo collage, and they include:  Mariah Carey, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Mary Hart, Eva LaRue, Helen Mirren and Anna Kendrick.  We’re certainly glad that this kind of photo work isn’t our “day job.”

FF-finalFilm Festival Web Site.

Nov. 11th – Veterans Day

As a Viet Nam veteran, there’s always an extra appreciation and value when you see and experience authentic honor and patriotism.  That happened for Mary and me today while visiting the “Healing Field of Honor” in Naperville, IL.    I only have three words:  powerful, powerful, powerful.

HF-wide shot 2

Get Growing Conference, Arden Hills, MN

Last weekend I was in Arden Hills, MN, with the Ruth Graham and Friends ministry, hosted at North Heights Lutheran Church.   The dynamics and intrigue of this weekend conference is always a challenge to photograph and make creative.   Hopefully, this YouTube video will be a good perspective.
The music in this video is from “Jazz Praise” CD by Huntley Brown, one of the friends in “Ruth Graham and Friends” but also one of our very good friends.  Please visit his site:

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.