Showcasing Jonathan Grimes (by Nicki Straza)

Jonathan James Grime of Jonathan Grime Photography has always loved art. From screen printing t-shirts to music, he can’t get enough of it – but he found his forte when he picked up a camera in high school. “Photography was my way of creating art since I couldn’t draw”, he explained.

After graduating from Fanshawe College with a diploma in photography, Grime spent his subsequent years traveling, photographing the world, and volunteering with PhotogenX, an international non-profit that uses media and art to raise awareness about social injustices happening globally.

In 2011, Jonathan decided to start his own photography and media business – a longtime dream of his. Conveniently, his wife and love of his life, Layne, has a degree in photojournalism and the two are planning to work together full-time in 2013.

Jonathan is passionate about art and excellence, about creativity and beauty. While his background is in commercial and portrait photography, Grime has branched out into all areas of photography and recently video. He works with families, artists, musicians, bands, and brides, but also enjoys the more edgy documentary work.

One event that caught his attention was the “Grand Re-Opening and Arts Celebration” that was hosted at Freedom House upon the completion of their summer upgrades. Jonathan and Layne’s photography was featured along with works of many other musicians, poets, painters, and sketch artists who are a part of Freedom House.  Jonathan has dedicated many hours to supporting this and many other community events that Freedom House participates in each year including Frosty Fest and the Living Nativity. Like Jonathan, Freedom House believes in community, in the arts and in creativity so this has been a natural partnership for Jonathan and Layne as they sharpen their craft in so many varied settings.

Some adjectives clients have used to describe his work are unique, professional, amazing, and creative.

Jonathan is easily spotted at local festivals with his bushy hair, dark glasses, easy smile, and fatty camera. He loves his hometown of Brantford and is excited to see and document the new life coming to the downtown area. 

A typical Grimey week is full of meetings with clients, shoots, visits to Starbucks, hanging with his iMac, volunteering for PhotogenX, dinner dates with his wife, and investing in his meaningful lifelong friendships in the area. Oh, and bringing a bit more beauty into this world.

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