Award-winning, Cleveland native Billy Delfs brings an artful eye and unique perspective as a lifestyle and portrait photographer.  He is humbled and honored to meet and photograph those who shape our culture, run businesses and develop ideas that move others. His distinct “Live, Work and Play” collaboration enables him to creatively capture people, moments and companies like no one else.

As a visual story teller, Billy moved to New York City to be classically trained at the International Center for Photography.  A selection of his featured clients include ESPN, Brokaw, Harvard Business Review, the Campaign for President Barack Obama, Fortune, Fast Company, TIME, OLSON, The Guardian UK and Google, as well as Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland Foundation, Case Western Reserve, Refugee Response, Alzheimer’s Foundation, The West Side Market, and Vitamix.

Billy is drawn to the magic of the outdoors, notably credited with capturing a series of prints documenting Cleveland’s inspiring surf community.  His visionary-style, strong work ethic and passion for travel with his camera serve agencies and businesses looking to build an intuitive story and voice for their brands through dynamic advertising and editorial publicity.  His synergistic approach to the image creation process empowers him to create powerful, meaningful images that support one’s goals, message and brand.

Alzheimer’s Association
Bicycling Magazine
Campaign for President Barack Obama
Case Western Reserve
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland Foundation
ESPN The Magazine
Fast Company
Fortune Magazine
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
The Guardian UK
Harvard Business Review
Metro Health Care
Mitchell's Ice Cream
Oberlin College
Oberlin Center of the Arts
Philips Health
Pioneer Woman
Popular Mechanics
Refugee Response
Smithsonian Magazine
The Washington Post
University Hospitals
West Side Market
Where Woman Create


Member Of:

International Center of Photography - NYC - General Studies Certificate
Cuyahoga Community College - AAB Visual Communication and Design - Concentration: Photography

Permanent Collections:
2018 The Quarter: Permanent Collection of Landscapes
2018 Van Aken: Permanent Collection of Landscapes
2014 Mitchell's Ice Cream: Permanent Collection of Harvest
2013 Cleveland Clinic Hospital: Permanent collection of Landscapes
2011 Cleveland Clinic Foundation: Permanent Collection of Surfers in Conjunction with a commission by Catherine Opie

2018 Cleveland Foundation: Place.Makers. Palace theatre, Playhouse Square
2018 Adrift, A Dream: 78th street Studios. Curated by Liz Maugans
2017 Cuba NOW: Cleveland Print Room
2016 "Off the clock": APA/LA Curated Photography Exhibition - Santa Monica, Ca
2015 Night at the Farm: Welcoming event for Arun Gandhi and fundraising event for The Refugee Response
2011 Gypsy Bean Cafe and Bakery - solo Surfers series exhibit
2011 Greenhouse Tavern - solo Surfer series exhibit
2010 The Root Cafe - Surfer series
2007 CONVERGENCE - a partner show with John G - 6706 Detroit Ave Cleveland, Ohio
2007 JCC Cleveland - A group Photography exhibit curated by Abe Frajndlich - the Mandel Center
2006 SPD Photography Auction - Harrys Loft New York
2005 Power of Women - Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland Fundraiser
2004 SPD Photography Auction - The Art Directors Club of New York
2004 ICP student Program exhibition - ICP, New York
2003 Power of Women - Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland.

2018 Santa Fe DIVERSITY Honorable Mention
2017 1 of 12 photographers selected and curated by Sherri Littlefield of the Foley Gallery NYC
2016 American Photography 32
2013 Ohio Excellence in Journalism: Cleveland Press Club Awards COVER, General Circulation Magazines-Sunday Magazines
2013 Sante Fe Workshops: Outdoors winner Honorable Mention
2013 Press Club of Cleveland: First Place Photography and all Others
2011 Press Club of Cleveland: First Place Photography and all Others photo journalism
2010 PDN Great Outdoors award: Outdoor sports and activities
2010 Jewish Family Services Association: Outstanding community service and Support
2009 Press Club of Cleveland: Second Place Portraiture
2009 Press Club of Cleveland: All others/personality Photography
2007 Photographers Forum Finalist Annual Spring Photography contest
2005 Photographers Forum Best of College Photography Annual
2005 Nikons emerging Photographers Hall of Fame