Candid cameraman connecting singles
After 34 years as a professional photographer – 19 of which have been in a studio in the Village Shops – Jimmy Dozer’s focus continues to sharpen and evolve.
For decades, Jimmy has specialized in capturing memorable moments in the lives of babies, children, high school seniors and families. He has photographed hundreds of weddings and special events, has grown his body of work to include corporate events and professional headshots, and has found his niche in destination photography at an elite level.
A Colorado native who grew up in Arvada, Jimmy said Vail and Summit County are his favorite places to take high school seniors and families for portrait photography sessions – although he has flown all over the country and the world with families to capture their lives in different places. Jimmy does a lot of local work in the Castle Pines community, and he is generous with his time and works with a lot of nonprofit organizations.
When not working, Jimmy loves spending time with his kids and is an avid road cyclist. “I ride about 2,500-3,500 miles every year – riding from Vail to Breckenridge several times every summer. My faith in Christ, dear friends and exhausting myself on my bike are what get me through challenging times,” he confessed.
“Following a difficult divorce in my own life, I feel like God is leading me, both personally and professionally, to do more with other singles in my photography,” shared Jimmy. He describes it as a “ministry” coalescing around the idea that there are a lot of single, older (40+) adults who want to find companionship yet don’t know how to tell their story in a an attractive and compelling way.
“I am single and I have a lot of single friends who are intimidated and overwhelmed with the idea of online dating,” he said.
Jimmy envisions working with singles to create a portfolio of engaging images that look like a magazine feature. “Images that visually tell the story of who they are, what they love to do, who they hang out with, and where they love to go,” he said. “This will produce the results everyone desperately wants from dating online. I appreciate that this is really challenging for older adults.”
The excitement about growing this aspect of his photography business can be heard in Jimmy’s voice when he describes what his clients can expect: “This will be a package of fun photo sessions.” Jimmy will capture images of his clients in their everyday lives, whether that be on the pickleball courts, walking the dogs, at the top of a mountain skiing, or in a restaurant having dinner with a group of friends. “Who they truly are will be told through photographs,” he said. “This can be accomplished with just a few visually powerful images.”
Jimmy admits that the photography aspect comes naturally for him, but that the written side of dating profiles is something he is seeking partners to connect with. “I’d like to provide the all-in-one environment where older singles can get the writing and coaching, combined with the visual images, to get a positive response to their profiles,” he said. “I am still working on pulling all these moving parts together.”
Jimmy explained, that the ministry side of this will be gathering singles regularly to not just meet, but to make a significant impact through a nonprofit organization in the community. His belief is that once you’re connected through giving, your tribe is created and it becomes emotionally easier to plug into the singles world. “Perhaps this is accomplished first by doing something significant for others and then by doing something fun together afterward,” he said with a smile in his voice.
We offer up a special thanks to Jimmy Dozer for
the charitable work he does in the community and for his willingness to always share his photography with The Castle Pines Connection.
Article and photos by Terri Wiebold, photo courtesy of Jimmy Dozer