Today we’d like to introduce you to Deidrick Jones.
Hi Deidrick, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Can’t really tell ya how I got here, but I know it was by God, walking by faith & my close family members praying for me.
Just knowing there was more to see in life than what I was used to and my environment because I never saw any of this for myself really. I just knew I was destined for more.
My photography journey started back when I was out in Minnesota for a while and went hiking for the first time. Was my first time being on my own in a new city. I immediately knew I wanted to document the journey, the sights, and all the dope people I met along the way.
Never knew what I wanted for myself really outside of chasing the whole football dream and trying to be the first one in my household with a degree. But through all the people I met and the stories I would hear, I knew I wanted to show people if I can do it, so can you.
Wanted to just be the eyes for those that weren’t able to get out of their environment, or show people that you can really do whatever you put your mind to, we are more than our environments and the situations we’re used to. So while I was finishing my 2-year degree in Arizona in 2018, I purchased my first camera and started teaching myself.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Definitely hasn’t been a smooth road, many of the obstacles/challenges along the way were really placed on me by myself.
I could’ve just given up after football didn’t turn out how I visioned it, but god always told me to keep pushing. I enjoyed photography and started to see that I was actually good at it and the feedback I was getting made me keep going. Felt good knowing I have a skill that’s mine to mold.
I find myself up some days and down on others, like a rollercoaster of emotions and situations, but no matter what I kept a positive mindset whether I understood what was happening or not. Just knew I have to keep the ball rolling and keep finding reasons to smile.
I’ve learned so much about myself and I just keep finding out I’m stronger than what I thought I was, I’m capable of more than I thought I was & alone or not I can make it all happen as long as I stay consistent.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m most proud of the relationships I’ve been able to form with other creatives and being able to provide an experience that people will remember.
I would like to say, I specialize in portraits and just capturing the personality of people, I like to capture people doing what they do in their natural element or helping others bring a vision in their head to life. Once I get the resources I need for myself I’ll be able to create to my full potential and be more than just portraits. So stay tuned because there’s more to come in fashion.
I think what sets me apart is being able to work with different skin tones and give them a proper representation.
I would always see edits that made darker skin tones look terrible so that’s always one of my focuses. Also coming up with ideas on the spot and being able to make any environment feel like this is where we are supposed to be, making people feel comfortable.
We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking?
I’m always taking risks, and the biggest risk I think we all have to take is risking being comfortable. You have to risk your comfort to get anything because everything you want is on the other side of fear.
I feel you have to take risks, you have to bet on yourself and put your all into it. Never go into anything with half of a mindset, weigh your risk to reward, plan and calculate then execute the best that you can. If it doesn’t turn out how you thought don’t hang your head but go back to the drawing board and figure out what happened wrong and go right back out there and try again.
I think you have to risk who you were to become who you wanna be, no matter how anyone viewed you. Sometimes you may have to put your likeness on the line to unlock the next character in yourself.
“You can’t discover new lands without losing sight of the shore for a while”.
- Standard portrait sessions, $120. Location of choice, 2 outfits 45min.
- Mobile studio setup, $160. to a location of your choice, lighting available for dark spaces. As many outfits as you can squeeze in an hour session.
- Headshots, $80. A 30min session, 1 outfit.
- Graduation session, $150 (pricing depends on location). 1-hour session, discuss details 1 on 1.
- A standard session for brands, $150. Backdrop/studio lighting. Starts at 1hour and as many outfit changes as needed, depending on how many models.
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