A targeted portfolio is the first step towards selling your images, getting assignment work, and moving forward in your professional development. In this session, we'll review your images, your artist statement or resume, and discuss your goals for your work. I'll make suggestions for improvement and give you some ideas for your next steps.

Whether you're trying to break into corporate photography, fine art shows or event photography, my experienced eye can help you reach your goals.

James W. Parker, Photographer

Hi, I’m Jim Parker

With over 40 years of experience in art direction and photography, I'm uniquely qualified to help you get the most of your photography and design skills.

I've been making photographs since I was seven years old. Born in South Dakota, and growing up in the Black Hills, I was introduced to the creative pursuits early on, by my father, who gave me my first Brownie at 7, and showed me how to use it. He gave me a roll of film, and told me to return it when I'd exposed the negative. I went through a number of hand-me-down cameras before finally getting a decent SLR after college.

My Bachelor's degree is in Visual Communication. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin, I went to work in advertising. I learned how to visualize concepts, and how to think about lighting.

I worked for several ad agencies over the next three decades, moving up from Junior Art Director, to Creative Director, to Managing Director at the Chicago office of a national interactive marketing services firm.

For the past fifteen years, I've been exhibiting my work at national art festivals and doing assignment work for a few select clients. If you are looking for ways to leverage your skills into a new career, or just having fun exploring the world of photography, I can help.

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