Jim Mathis







Jim Mathis

Jim Mathis

Overland Park, KS


I got my first camera in 1958 when I was in the fourth grade and I have been making photographs ever since Ė 54 years. In college, I set up my first darkroom and began selling photos of parties and sports events. I also bought and sold used cameras and became known on campus as the guy who knew about cameras and where to buy them.

My first job out of college was selling cameras in a camera store in downtown Kansas City. Soon I was the manager of a brand new store in North Kansas City. As the store manager I was privileged to attend many conferences, trade shows, and classes about the latest equipment and techniques. Most of our customers were professional photographers, so I became very familiar with the needs and practices of the photography community in Kansas City.

The store owner collected antique cameras and I got involved with old cameras as well. Together we would travel to camera shows and share and learn about various aspects of the history of photography.

In 1973, I opened Mathis Photo Inc. as a black and white specialty lab in Overland Park, Kansas. We were determined to be the best black and white lab anywhere, and we probably were. The business served professional photographers, advertising agencies, government groups, and of course, many individuals. We received a letter of commendation from the Eastman Kodak Company for outstanding business practices in 1991.

in the '80s Mathis Photo Inc. expanded to include a portrait studio, frame shop, and photography museum. A significant part of our business was the copy and restoration of old photos. During that time my wife and I traveled extensively making photographs all over the world.

In 1994, I sold my large collection of antique cameras and photographic artifacts; and in 1996 we sold the photo lab as well.

That year I joined the staff of Kansas City Christian Business Menís Committee as Metro Director overseeing the ministry in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri. In 2001 we opened Homerís Coffee House as a music ministry and outreach to the community.

I managed Homerís until 2008 when I decided to get back into photography fulltime. I opened Mathis Photography as a commercial studio in Corporate Woods, Overland Park, Kansas.

I have been a business owner and local merchant in Overland Park for thirty-seven years. I count civic leaders, congressmen, business and professional people, artists, musicians, and hundreds of regular folks as my friends.

I have owned literally hundreds of cameras and made millions of photographs. I donít know everything thing there is to know about photography; and in fact, the more I learn, the more I realize I donít know. But I know a lot and I think I can help you learn what you want to learn.

I am a member of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce, the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, and the International Photo Marketing Association.

I am now entering the fourth quarter of my life. Many people my age have retired and moved to Arizona, but I believe that my time would be better spent passing on my love of photography and my business and personal experiences. That is why I am increasing my writing, public speaking, and one-on-one coaching. Give me call. I would love to talk with you.
Jim Mathis


Tracy Arm Fjord by Jim Mathis


Eiffel Tower by Jim Mathis


Bryce Canyon by Jim Mathis


Utah Arches by Jim Mathis


St Moritz by Jim Mathis


Vineyard in France by Jim Mathis


Duesenberg by Jim Mathis


London Call Boxes by Jim Mathis


Millau Viaduct by Jim Mathis


Citroen 2CV by Jim Mathis


Vicky in Skagway by Jim Mathis


Paris Street Scene by Jim Mathis


Kansas Dome by Jim Mathis


Yosemite by Jim Mathis


Texas Top Hands by Jim Mathis


Cher #2 by Jim Mathis


Martin Guitar 1 by Jim Mathis


Plaza Lights by Jim Mathis


Webster House by Jim Mathis


Murrel Kauffman Theater by Jim Mathis


KC Power and Light by Jim Mathis


Nichols Fountain by Jim Mathis


Burlesk at the Folly by Jim Mathis


Violins in a Shop by Jim Mathis


Mandolin Picker by Jim Mathis


Luthier by Jim Mathis


I Corinthians 13 Paraphrase by Jim Mathis


Tenor #2 by Jim Mathis


Harry's Country Club by Jim Mathis


Stevie Ray Vaughn by Jim Mathis


Bari Sax by Jim Mathis


Tenor #1 by Jim Mathis


1960 Cadillac by Jim Mathis


Old Blonde Tele by Jim Mathis


Bass Player by Jim Mathis


Cellist by Jim Mathis


Pineapple by Jim Mathis


Walnut Valley Festival by Jim Mathis


Cher by Jim Mathis


Row of guitars by Jim Mathis


Bell and Howell Camera by Jim Mathis


Violet Hensley by Jim Mathis


Fiddler #1 by Jim Mathis


Zildjian Cymbal by Jim Mathis


Wooden Head by Jim Mathis


Piano by Jim Mathis


Helzberg Hall #3 by Jim Mathis


Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts by Jim Mathis