Dewitt Jones

One of America's top professional photographers

Dewitt's Bio

Dewitt Jones is one of America's top professional photographers with a career stretching over twenty years.

As a motion picture director, he had two documentary films nominated for Academy Awards (Climb - Best Live Action Short Film and John Muir's High Sierra - Best Short Subject Documentary) before he was thirty.

Turning to advertising, Jones rose to the forefront of corporate creative marketing photographing national advertising campaigns for Dewar's Scotch, Canon, and United Airlines.

He has published nine books, including California!, Visions of Wilderness, What The Road Passes By, Robert Frost; A Tribute To The Source, Canyon Country and John Muir’s High Sierra. His most recent book, The Nature of Leadership was created in collaboration with Stephen R. Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People). Dewitt's column, Basic Jones, appears monthly in Outdoor Photographer magazine.

He is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Drama and holds a Masters Degree in filmmaking from UCLA.

Dewitt is recognized as a world class lecturer. His knowledge of the creative process, his relaxed and genuine style and his ability to communicate make his presentations truly outstanding.

Speaking Topics

Extraordinary Visions

Where do we find the vision to take our lives to the next level? How can we make our life less of a struggle and more of a joy? For photographer and creativity expert, Dewitt Jones, the answers to these questions lie in the images we hold about ourselves, our future and the way in which we grow.

Dare to Dance

Dare to Dance is a version of Dewitt's Extraordinary Visions program customized for meetings in Hawaii. The themes of Vision, Passion, Purpose and Creativity are interlaced with stories & images drawn from Dewitt’s time in the beautiful Pacific Isles.

Clear Vision

Dewitt Jones explores the fundamentals of creativity— what they are, how they exist in each of us, and how to remove the blocks that keep us from accessing them.

Books and Publications

A duet of photography and words, California showcases the Golden State as it moves toward the twenty-first century. It's magnificent landscapes, charm, character, and people epitomize the spirit of the place that has been at the end of the rainbow for over one hundred fifty years.

Covering every corner of the state, the book is organized into ten sections, each beginning with the writing of Judith Morgan, a well-known travel writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. The incredible images of Dewitt Jones, a free-lance photographer with National Geographic, complete this celebration.

The photographs are a joyous feast of the familiar: the lofty redwoods, the cable cars, Yosemite Valley, the San Diego Zoo. Yet Jones finds poetic beauty in the graceful sand dunes of Death Valley, a field of California poppies, and wind turbines across the Tehachapi Pass near Bakersfield.

Here is a great state explored with enthusiasm and gusto. It is a reaffirmation that the people who have found this end of the rainbow are indeed fortunate to live among the snow-capped mountains, sun-drenched beaches, and fertile farmlands that give it a vitality and excitement found nowhere else in the country – or for that matter, around the world.

Canyon Country is the story of a great landscape which dominates resident and visitor. Native Americans first called this country of canyons and mesas home. Early Spanish explorers and American pioneers were confounded by it immense scale. Settlers found the land challenging, and even today Canyon Country remains sparsely inhabited, a powerful force and inspiration for all who view it.

The names are familiar: Zion, Bryce, Arches, Dinosaur, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Monument Valley. From Colorado National Monument to the Grand Canyon, each location offers the visitor a different perspective of this varied and fascinating land.

Among the sandstone cliffs and slickrock canyons, the forested mountains and river rapids, Canyon Country holds a special lure for photographer Dewitt Jones. His photographs transmit this landscape with astounding sensitivity from the early morning light’s caress of Delicate Arch to the mighty roaring rapids of the Grand Canyon. Canyon Country is the work of a superb master landscape photographer.

What the Road Passes By is a song and celebration.
The book is a tribute to the miracle of existence: a wonder-filled journey seen through the eyes of photographer, Dewitt Jones, with text from the works of John Muir, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Henry David Thoreau, Annie Dillard, Sigurd Olson, Dag Hammarskjold, and others.

John Muir’s America is an artful blending of forty-eight color photographs with twenty original Muir drawings and 40,000 words of highly readable text.

John Muir’s America is a luminous portrait of the life and vision of John Muir – naturalist, explorer, mountain climber, writer, farmer, political activist and founder of the Sierra Club— a man whose influence helped revolutionize our perceptions and use of the American land.

Each day nature provides us with the opportunity to find those precious moments when looking becomes seeing. Renowned photographer of the natural world, Dewitt Jones has captured such moments of understanding and has arranged these images into an absorbing photographic essay.

Accompanying his pictures are the words of four other observers of nature who have shared parallel visions through their writings. It is an intimate and profound book for all who find meaning and gain insight from the wilderness.

Here is the most up-to-date and accurate story of the Anasazi and their fascinating world. This ancient civilization disappeared from the Southwest by A.D. 1300, leaving behind their amazing cliff dwellings, but few other clues as to their existence.

Noted anthropologist, Linda Cordell, has written an informative text for Anasazi World that traces the clues and weaves the most complete story of these people to date. Ms. Cordell is chairperson of the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, and has conducted extensive field research for more than a decade in southwestern archeology. Her knowledge and research provide new thinking as to the probable disappearance of this ancient prehistoric people.

Professional photographer Dewitt Jones has journeyed throughout the ruins on numerous trips including assignments under contract with the National Geographic Society. His full-color photographs convey the beauty and sophistication of these now silent palaces.


“You changed lives! It was clear during the standing ovations, that your participation made the meeting something special. Because of what you did, this will be one of the Million Dollar Round Table’s most cherished meetings.”
--MDRT Chairman, Main Platform Committee

"Excellent speaker …very well received by everyone"
--Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors & Trident Group

"We LOVED Dewitt! I received lots of positive comments about both speakers. Dewitt could not have been more inspiring. I suspect he will be hearing soon from some of our Advisors in response to his call for help in placing free photos in hospitals and other facilities that serve our wounded warriors. We are currently surveying conference attendees, and I fully expect we will see a lot of “exceeds expectations.”
--First Command Financial Services

"In my 34 years in the business I have never heard a better presentation than that by Dewitt Jones. He was outstanding, articulate, touching, engaging and on a personal basis. He did not have a gimmick but a message that resonated to all attendees, Advisers, spouses, and guests. He could not have been a better fit with his message and delivery."
--First Command Financial Services

"I felt like I gave a gift to my meeting's attendees. The visuals were beyond beautiful (which is especially important when you're locking people in a ballroom in Hawaii) and the story was equally compelling. Dewitt's delivery is perfect for his message. That man is one fine storyteller. We loved it."
--Aviva USA

Booking Info

Booking Dewitt Jones for your event is easy. Here is the information you need to know:

Booking Fees

Speaking Fee Range
* $25,000 to $30,000 (U.S. only)


* Travels from Reno, Nevada or Hawaii, depending on the time of year.


To check on Dewitt Jones's availability for your event, please call Jaki Baskow at 702.547.5101 or send an email to info@lasvegasspeakersbureau.

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