About Us

Johns Hopkins Photography is a full-service, on-campus resource for professional photography and photographic services. We provide editorial and news photography, portraits, research photography, and more for Johns Hopkins University clients on the Homewood campus and beyond. To learn more about the array of services we provide, please visit our Services page.

Meet the Photographers

James (Jay) T. VanRensselaer

James (Jay) T. VanRensselaer is a Registered Biological Photographer and member of the Visual Resources Association. He has been a photographer for Johns Hopkins since 1987.

For the past 14 years, Jay has photographed archaeological digs in Egypt and Syria for the JHU Department of Near Eastern Studies. His work has appeared in numerous national and international publications, including a book on the historic Johns Hopkins Homewood House (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004). For 13 years, he was one of the principle photographers for Inside Lacrosse magazine. His work was featured in Undefeated: Johns Hopkins Men's Lacrosse in the 2005 Season, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2006. Jay also was the principle photographer for the Johns Hopkins University Press series of instructional books on lacrosse.

He teaches in the Homewood Art Workshops and in the spring of 2006 participated in the faculty art show, where he exhibited his “Photo Booth #1.” That project, with the help of Dean of Undergraduate Education Paula Burger, evolved into the “Faces of Hopkins” exhibit that Jay developed and displayed in the Gilman Hall tunnel in 2007.

Jay was one of two photographers who worked in the Cairo Museum photographing objects for the catalog of the “Quest for Immortality” exhibit of Egyptian art and artifacts that opened at the National Gallery in Washington in 2002.

Will Kirk

Will Kirk ’99 has been shooting professionally for Johns Hopkins University since he graduated from the institution. His work is featured routinely in several Hopkins publications, including the Johns Hopkins Magazine, JHU Gazette, and various divisional magazines, as well as in university promotional and recruitment materials for athletics, development, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Outside the university, Will’s work has appeared in newspapers and publications such as The Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Entertainment Weekly. His work has been featured in books as well, including Women's Lacrosse: A Guide for Advanced Players and Coaches (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition, The Second Edition of the Bob Scott Classic (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), and Lacrosse: North America's Game (Carpenter Publishing, 2004).

Will is a 2009 winner of the Higher Achievement Program’s Green Apple Award for his volunteer work as a photographer for the program’s promotional materials. In the spring of 2009, he received the Key to the City from his hometown of South Pittsburg, Tenn., for his work as a photographer of the town’s annual National Cornbread Festival.