About your photographer.


John R. Hartman has owned and operated Contemporary Photography since June 1974. Specializing in high school senior portraiture, his work hangs in tens of thousands of homes all across the United States.

John is recognized by his peers as being one of the top photographers in the nation. He has earned the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), as well as the Certified Professional Photographer designation. He has also a recipient of the Charles Haynes Award and the National Award from the PPA. He is one of only 26 image-makers worldwide to have been awarded the Educational Associate degree from the American Society of Photographers. He is a nationally recognized speaker and teacher, having presented at hundreds of conferences, conventions and schools throughout North America since 1983.

What sets John apart from all other photographers is his natural curiosity and constant desire to learn and sometimes even invent new techniques that will improve his photographic style. He is an innovator, not a follower, and his clients appreciate that he is always on the cutting edge in the industry.


The recognition John values the most has been his being voted Best Photographer in Portage County four times by area residents.