Jim Davis Images | How it All Began

How it All Began

June 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hi everyone,

I'm Jim, the owner of Jim Davis Images. I haven't blogged ever, so I'll write some here, but for the most part, my daughter Laura, who's title is Administrative Executive will pretty much be running our Blog. 

When I was a very young boy, I was interested in Art. I grew up in Southern California during the 1960's and Hot Rods were all the rage, I would sit and draw cars and motorcycles for hours. I was never really very good, but I let my imagination just take me away. I loved seeing these beautiful Muscle Cars with their awesome mag wheels and shiny paint jobs, and loved trying to recreate them. I didn't care if it was a Chevy Camaro, a Ford Mustang or a Plymouth Road Runner, I loved to draw them.  As time progressed, I took some Art Classes in High School, but I never excelled. I'd do whatever assignment was passed out, and get a decent grade, but realized, I wanted to do my own thing, and the assignments didn't include a lot of what I thought was interesting.

When I was in High School, I saw guys carrying Camera's around Campus. I talked to a few of them, and I was overwhelmed by the techno speak. Even though I was intelligent, I thought, "You've got to be kidding me, this stuff is for Nerds."   However, I did like what they produced, and deep down I didn't feel I was smart enough to learn the Art and Craft of Photography.

As time went on, I attended a Technical School after High School, and it must of been at that time, my Brain started to really engage. I did well in all my Studies, and I found that I was much more capable than I ever believed.

I lived most of my Adult Life working in a very Technical Field, and while it's been a great living, something was missing. That something has been the ability to be creative.  I discovered that my personality craves creativity, and that seeing and visualizing things came very natural to me.  I was an avid Harley-Davidson Rider for many years. I traveled all over the southwest United States. I was in awe of God's Creation, and I had a cool little Canon Powershot my wife had gifted to me.  I didn't know the settings or anything else. I'd just Point and Shoot like they had advertised, and I was happy with the results. 

A couple years later I was at my Nephew's football game and a family member pulled out a Canon Rebel t3. I mentioned how I'd like to own a Camera like that one day and it wasn't long before I purchased my first DSLR. A Canon t4i. I thought it was The Bomb.  I purchased some video tutorials that explained my specific model of Camera, along with the Theory of Photography. I became so intrigued, I just kept studying and studying, and then...  I went to the park to practice what I had studied.  I took a photo of a duck swimming in the large pond. WOW! Look at me, I took a photo of a duck!! And it turned out as good as a Point and Shoot!! It wasn't long  before I realized I was completely hooked. I completely immersed myself into everything I could find about photography. I became friends with photographers who mentored me, and the next thing you know, I feel like I'm getting the hang of it. I started shooting Landscapes (God knows I couldn't take a portrait of anyone. I wasn't good enough, back then). I entered a contest at the Tri-State Fair about a year after buying my Camera. I won 3rd Place for Black and White, and I couldn't believe. (You'll see it's the featured photo for this blog, titled The Road Ahead). Now, I was on the path. Where it lead, I didn't know, but I was on it, and I wasn't looking back.  Since then, I've made a very significant investment in professional gear, but even more so, the education that is required to understand how to make it work. ;)  It wasn't too long after that, Jim Davis Images was birthed. And, I'm proud and humbled to say, I'm a photographer!  I've had the joy of working with so many wonderful Clients, and the list just keeps growing. I'm now a Member of The Professional Photographers of America, working on being a Certified Professional. It's not easy, but I can do it.

I'd like to encourage you, no matter what your Dream is, GO FOR IT!!. I never thought I'd be where I am today, but I'm living proof if you want something bad enough, you can have it!  I'm a Wedding, Portrait and Landscape Photographer, and it would be great to meet you. I'd love the opportunity to work with you in the future. God Bless You.



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