Cleveland native Billy Delfs brings an artful eye and unique perspective as a lifestyle, brand and portrait photographer. He focuses on personality and looks to find the best light to capture those who shape our culture.

Billy moved to NYC to be trained at the International Center of Photography and returned to Cleveland to work with some of the most prominent figures and companies in the area. He travels often and is drawn to the magic of the outdoors, notably credited with capturing a series of prints documenting Cleveland’s inspiring surf community. His synergistic approach to the image creation process empowers him to create powerful images that support one’s goals, message and brand.

Select Clients:

Alzheimer’s Association
Bicycling Magazine
Case Western Reserve
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Entrepreneur Magazine
ESPN the Magazine
Fast Company
Fortune Magazine
Google Inc.
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
The Guardian UK
Harvard Business Review
Mitchell's Ice Cream
Oberlin College
Popular Mechanics
Refugee Response
Smithsonian Magazine
Twist Creative
University Hospitals
West Side Market
Where Women Create



2017 Cuba NOW at the 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
2014 Mitchell's Ice Cream Commissioned Permanent Collection
2013 Cleveland Clinic Hospital Permanent collection
2011 Cleveland Clinic Foundation Permanent Collection in Conjunction with a commission by Catherine Opie
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.


2017 1 of 12 photographers selected and curated by Sherri Littlefield of the Foley Gallery NYC
2016 American Photography 32 Winner
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