• Expertise

    Certified photography & art appraiser Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA, is accredited by the Appraisers Association of America and specializes in contemporary art, Northwest art, photographs & photographic archives.

  • Integrity

    Of all of the appraisers I’ve worked with in documenting charitable gifts of artwork, your work product was the most complete and professional, with all of the information required for a valid deduction.

    – Richard Solomon, CPA

Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA, is proud to be on the Resource Council for Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Upcoming:  A presentation that will illuminate and illustrate that the art market has cycles, and that the patterns persist. “Follow the Money” at  Disjecta in Portland on Thursday March 15 with Photolucida ($10 in advance; $15 at the door). In the process of learning about photographers & artists of the past, and busting a few myths, you will see that successful careers were created no differently than how they are today.  In the words of Alvin Toffler, “Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.” Understanding how a system works is key to orchestrating ones career as an artist.

Certified photography & art appraiser Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA

• Certified by the Appraisers Association of America (Photography)
• IRS and IVS compliant appraisals (USPAP credential valid thru January 2019)
• 16 years experience appraising Contemporary art, Northwest art, Photography & Photographic Archives
• 24 years gallery and museum experience
• M.S., History of Art & Design from Pratt Institute
• Photography historian and lecturer

Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA, is certified and accredited by the Appraisers Association of America and appraises:

  • Documentary and fine art photographs
  • Photographic archives
  • Contemporary art and artist archives
  • Northwest art, and more

for purposes of Insurance, Donations (IRS), Collector and Artist Estates (IRS), Divorce & Dissolution, Damage or Loss, and Collateral Loans.

Stoots is available as an expert witness in matters relating to documentary and fine art photographs. She also advises on topics of:
Professional Practices (for fine art photographers)
Collections Management projects
Art and Photo Market Evaluations
+ Legacy Planning, as is relevant to collectors and artists

If you have any questions about the appraisal process or would like to receive notices of public talks and legacy planning workshops, feel free to call us at 1.503.708.9411 or send us a message:

Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA, has been working in the museum and gallery industry for 24 years, in the photography marketplace for 20 years, and has been appraising documentary & fine art photographs, photographic archives, and contemporary art for 16 years. Her knowledge of the photography market is particularly extensive and is augmented by 20 years working in the Northwest and contemporary art markets. For artworks outside of her areas of speciality, Stoots has a cadre of colleagues who are available for the valuation of artwork and collectibles in areas of Modern & Contemporary European art, Old Master & Modern prints, early American painting, Contemporary Chinese art, and Native American art, among others.

In addition to her art appraisal work, Stoots helps photographers navigate the fine art photography market and provides guidance and strategy with regards to planning their artistic legacy. In recent years, she has written articles about the process of valuation and the importance of legacy planning for ASMP and the American Photography Archive Group’s 2017 publication The Photo Archive Handbook. Stoots is also a photo historian and has an ongoing series dedicated to photography history on social media.

understanding value

Understanding value provides insight into financial well-being,
satisfies necessity, and helps identify opportunities.

Stoots is an authority on art valuation, specializing in the appraisal of:

  • Documentary and fine art photographs
  • Photographic archives
  • Contemporary art and artist archives
  • Northwest art

Appraisal reports are IRS and IVS compliant (USPAP credential valid through January 2019)

Published essays & features

  • Essay “Determining Value” written for the American Photography Archives Group’s Photo Archive Handbook (2017)
  • Link to an interview with Stoots in LENSCRATCH (2017)
  • Article written for the American Society of Media Photographers, illustrating the issues that can arise around an artist’s or photographer’s estate: “Mitigating Obstacles” (2015)