Jim Hoover decided he wanted to pursue photography when he was
still in junior high school. He developed his first roll of black and white
film when he was around 14, pursued his love of photography through high
school. Rather than go directly to
college after high school he took an apprenticeship for a commercial photography studio in downtown Detroit at 17. After six months he went to work for the
Detroit Free Press, in the sports department.
gave him lots of contacts and opportunities to shoot sports pictures. When he wasn’t working for the Free Press he
was the team photographer for the Detroit Pistons for several years, did work
for the Tigers and Red Wings. He left
the Free Press after eight years, took an assignment to do all the publicity
and public relations photography for Detroit Race Course (DRC) in Livonia. Other assignments included shooting the Indianapolis 500 for
Ford. During those years he married and
started having children, eventually having a family of seven. Necessity called so he branched out into
wedding photography and probably did close to a thousand weddings.
the way he photographed such notables as Jerry Ford, Hubert Humphrey, John
McCain, Sarah Palin, Jimmy Hoffa, Gordie Howe, Wilt Chamberlain, Willie Shoemaker,
Ron Reed, Connie Stevens, and Tim Conway, among others.
A few years ago Jim retired from his "other job". But the bug for photography bit him
again. Now he spends his days
wildlife and landscapes just because he loves it. He spends his time these days wandering the
beaches and swamps in pursuit of that "special" picture. It's the best of all worlds, doing what he
loves in a place that he loves. You can
see more of his work at www.jimhooverphoto.com
and sign up for his monthly newsletter there as well.
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