Jim Guzel, owner/operator of Aphrodite Photography, is a nationally recognized portrait photographer, specializing in beauty photography of women as private clients. His work has been featured in such well-known publications as Ebony and Popular Photography. “Natural Outcrop”, perhaps his best known portrait, won first prize in the national photography contest, “The Human Figure” and comprised part of his portfolio that was among fifty finalists in the ACRIA international photography contest “Unframed First Look”.
As Jim sees it, beauty photography has the ability to affirm what one likes about oneself, explore areas that have yet to be experienced, and heal deep emotional wounds that have scarred one’s self-image. Jim doesn’t believe in posing clients for beauty photography. Instead he co-creates with his clients an improvisational experience that allows Jim the opportunity to photograph his subjects as they experience life, distilling and reflecting their beauty as it naturally occurs. Subjects are invited to explore the art of being themselves – dancing, singing, laughing, crying, throwing temper tantrums, playing dress-up, running naked through a field or across a deserted beach – whatever it takes to find all of ones emotions and fulfill one’s secret desires. The results are fabulous as photographs and unbelievably fulfilling as an experience. Many of Jim’s clients have transformed their relationships with themselves and the world as a result.
Jim provides beauty photography in the forms of Fine Art Nude, Glamour, Boudoir, Pregnancy and Life Style. In addition, he provides commercial and advertizing portrait services for both men and women.
Beyond operating his studio in Northwest DC, he teaches photography workshops on his own and occasionally for the National Park Service and the Washington School of Photography. He is a former board member of PPSGW and past chairman of the PPSGW education committee. He also promotes improvisational dance workshops such as Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms and Toni Bergins’ JourneyDance.