Resume of Photographer Jim Swallow

James A. Swallow
Professional Work Experience

2015 – Present
Zebra Color Lab
Lab Manager
* •       Digital Fine Art Printing
* •       Over seeing Lab Operations

2002 – Present
The Packinghouse Gallery and Photography Studio Inc
Gallery Manager/ Owner

* •       In charge of and performed all aspects of gallery work – photographer, framer,
master printer, web designer teacher,                    photography organization leader,
gallery sales associate
* •       Principle studio photographer – portraits, commercial product, weddings, bar mitzvahs, business imaging
* •       Handled all marketing aspects – designed & implemented mailers; hosted all exhibits and artist receptions at gallery
* •       Taught photography classes and hosted photography club
* •       The Packinghouse Gallery closed its physical building in 2005.
Relocated to a home-based photography studio in St.  Petersburg.
Services continue at the gallery – photographers’ web design, custom printing, framing, private or group photography and digital imaging classes.

* • 1982 – 2002  Wilco Studio Pompano Beach, FL

* • Learned & performed all duties of a full-service professional studio.
* • Printed all studio production in black and white darkroom.
* • Handled all aspects of custom framing – cutting, mats, glass, frames, production, presentation of final product, from photography to needle point.
* • Split photography duties with owner – commercial photography,
children’s and family portraits, weddings, bar mitzvahs, architectural, interiors.
* • In charge of quality control.
Professional Associations Affiliations
* • The Professional Photographers of America; 1980 – Present
* • The Florida Professional Photographers Association; 1987 – Present
* • Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association; 2002 – Present
* • The Wedding Portrait Photographers International; 1980 – Present
* • The National Association of Photoshop Professionals 1998- Present


Photographic Community Involvement

The Photographic Art Society of Florida 2006

* • Launched the society in order to inspire, challenge and educate the members in the art of photography.
* • Runs meetings, maintains the web site, and teaches photography and Photoshop
* • Plans and hosts monthly teaching field trips
* • Members exhibit works in area galleries with rotating themes
* • Assists members with printing, framing, presentation and selection of images for exhibits.

Photography Clubs Day 2009-2013

Annual event  held at various locations  for Tampa Bay photography organizations, designed to gather area photographers in order to share ideas and inspire skills.

Professional Photography Service to Education
 Volunteer judge for Skills USA Regional Competition in 2009
Advisory committee member for the photography program at McFatter Vocational School from 1997-2000


March of Dimes, Daily Bread Food Bank, Abilities Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, The American Cancer Society.  Provided photographic services and coordinated other photographers for events for many years.

Annual FOTOFusion Photo Festival 1996- 2017

The Palm Beach Photographic Center – Volunteered on the AV team for  world -renowned photographers 
 for successful festivals since 1996.

The Palm Beach Professional Photographers Association — 1998-2001 
Secretary, Board of Directors, committee member.

The Professional Photographers Guild of Florida (PPGF) —1990 – 2002

* • Board of Directors (1995-2002); President (1997-1998);
* • Modernized Standard Operating Guild;
* • Created Community Service Committee to help area charities with photography needs (1995)
* • Chairman of Committees (1995-2002): Community Service; Ethics; Programs; Seminars; Hospitality; Events; Marketing & Advertising; Membership;      Publications; Historian (rebuilt the associations history books to preserve the past for future photographers); Salon Committee

Florida Professional Photographers Association – Delegate (1995 until 2002)

* • Convention Assistant Manager – oversaw 14 committees
* • Chair of the Equipment committee, Chair of the Seminar committee and worked on various other committees
1982 –Graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale;  A.S. Degree in Photography
1997 – PPA Certified Professional Photographer Degree from the Professional Photographers of America Association.
Continuing Education – attending seminars, conventions and webinars, including
The PPA National Conventions; WPPI National Conventions; Photoshop World;  FPP State Conventions

Awards and Honors

Florida Professional Photographers Association:  The Florida Service Award Degree; Outstanding Service Award (1997 & 2000); The Magazine Editors Award (1999 & 2000), Honor prints in the 1998 and 2001 competitions; the first Theresa Saylor Award, 2001.
The Professional Photographers Guild of Florida:  The Presidents Award (1996 & 1999); Top 10 Photographer (1997 & 2000); Editorial Contributions (1996-1998, 2003).  The Outstanding Service Award for the guild was re-named The Jim Swallow Award in 2003
Asked to judge photography club competitions throughout Florida for the past 25 years, including service as a juror for the Boyd Hill Photography Contest in 2008.