"Being a photographer is the only thing I've ever wanted to do."
        - Jim Downard

Hi, I'm Jim, owner and photographer of Downard Photography. I started my business in 1995 after being a combat photographer in the Air Force for 7 years. My business grew from a wedding photographer to photographing little league sports, seniors, families, children and business portraits. I also photograph the entire school system of The Alexander School district.

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it all started with my camera.

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"Jim did my daughter's senior pictures. I was extremely pleased with his work. I highly recommend him. When my daughter gets married, there is no question that he will be the photographer that I hire!"

-Susan Douglas

"Jim's photography work is awesome. Takes his time and not only gets the shot he likes, but, the one that you'll like. Has a great knack of getting the shot that just fits his subjects. Give him a try, you'll like what you see and get."

-Jennie Petersen LeMaster

"Jim did amazing on my senior pictures. He is a great guy and has a very fun personality. I would recommend his work to anyone :)"

- Madison Douglas

"Jim has the ability to capture the moment, not just take a picture...Jim's a genuine first rate Photographer."

-Richard Lee

"Definitely the best photography work within the Athens Area, I regret not having him take my Senior Pictures back in 2004."

- James Strawser

"Downard photography is the best!!!!"

- Emily Sams

"Awesome photographer! Haven't found a photo yet that I didn't like."

-Blondel Estep Zimmerman 

"We've worked with Jim and Downard Photography for several years with various sports teams, family, and senior pictures. He does amazing work and the customer service is unmatched. He is able to put everyone at ease and brings out the best in the photos."

-Shauna Switzer

"Jim did a great job with the photos for our agency. He was great to work with and the photos turned out just as we had hoped.
5 stars!"

-Alysia Brooks

When my now wife (an Athens local) first insisted we use Downard Photography for our wedding I was a little skeptical, not knowing anything about him, and I wanted to compare other options. I mean sure, everyone who worked with Jim had the exact same response that he was, "very nice," but how was I to know what that even meant? My wife would have none of my doubts though, and we signed the contract to have him do our wedding photos.

My reservations were instantly put at ease when Jim offered to call me during non-business hours just to get to know me as a client. He said that knowing a little bit about me would help him do a better job in capturing our wedding moments. We talked for an hour and a half about various topics and got to know each other pretty well. He was definitely right.

Maybe like some other men out there, I'm not really a big fan of getting my picture taken. Getting to know Jim ahead of time instantly put me at ease in front of the camera though, and his polite, friendly and entrepreneurial attitude made things go even easier. Jim's intense attention to detail and passion for his work also showed through and people took notice.

A few fast facts: My groomsmen (who share being camera-shy) said the whole experience was a lot easier than they thought it would be. Members of my family kept coming up to us during and after the wedding to remark how much they liked the photographer. Out of everyone we worked with bringing our wedding together, Jim was the best.

I'm happy to write this post now admitting publicly I was wrong. The two major lessons here are 1) your wife is always right and 2) always choose Downard Photography in Athens, Ohio!

-Dan Newkirk

"All of my son's sports pictures have been taken by Downard, and we have never gotten a bad picture! They are super nice, organized and easy to work with!"

-Heidi Sochia

"What could have been two stressful days turned into the most fun and stress free experience. Beyond that he is able to capture the real person and who they are through photography that makes a lasting memory for a lifetime. Thank you jim to you and your staff for loving what you do because it certainly shows in every picture you take."

-Holly Robinson

"I chose Downard Photography to take my daughters senior pictures and I can not express enough how thrilled we are with the photos that were taken. Jim Downard has an amazing talent at capturing the beauty in every photo that he takes. The entire process from the photo session to ordering and picking up the photos was a delightful experience. I would highly recommend Downard Photography to anyone needing pictures for life long memories."

-Mary Lou Bowers

"My wife and I hired Downard Photography for our wedding and we're extremely pleased with the entire process. Jimmy is talented, professional, friendly, and very passionate. We got very high quality photos, even more so when you consider the cost. We will highly recommend Downard Photography to all friends in the area."

-Jeremy Saks

"Jimmy and Kayla did a wonderful job and were very personable. My husband and I are quite pleased with the photos. I also love the new brochure! :) Jimmy is dedicated to making sure he creates quality photos for couples to enjoy for years to come."

-Krista Saks

"Jim recently took pics of my 6 month old granddaughter. As always, his work is exceptional!! The baby got tired during the photo shoot. Jim didn't mind stopping so she could take a little nap. He works well with each client to meet the client's needs, regardless of age. He is incredibly patient. I would highly recommend him for any photo needs!"

-Susan Douglas

"My wife and I were so pleased with our experience with Downard Photography. Jimmy and Kayla were fantastic, professional, easy-to-work-with, and cost-effective. We are thrilled with the results and we were not at all distracted during the wedding day. All of our communications in the run to the wedding and after it were just fantastic. We cannot recommend them enough!

-Jeremy S.

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