Self-described “photo geek” Stephen Jones first picked up a camera—his dad’s Pentax SLR 35mm—in high school. He enjoyed the hobby, and decided to hone his photography skills at the University of Georgia, where he earned a BFA in photographic design and graduated cum laude. After more than a decade in the newspaper industry, an unexpected layoff gave Jones the jolt he needed to pursue his passion and open his own studio, Studio 331.
Today, the photographer distinguishes himself from the hundreds of others in his field by passing the rigorous exams and portfolio reviews necessary to earn the title of Certified Professional Photographer—an honor that only a small percentage of professional photographers hold. Jones specializes in weddings, where he shoots brides as they primp for their big day and newlyweds as they walk away from the altar amidst steaming showers of rice pilaf. His family shoots capture the emotional bonds between youngsters and their parents; his senior portraits, in contrast, showcase the confidence and potential of soon-to-be graduates.
Photographer Jamie Lee, who got her start in sports photography, has been involved in the wedding industry since she was 17. She fell in love with the beauty and romance of weddings, and decided that she wanted to become a professional photographer. She quickly developed her own style, a blend of photojournalism and artistic shots for weddings of all sizes. When she's not snapping wedding, landscape, and nature photos, Jamie captures pictures of interacting families, beaming couples, peacefully sleeping newborn babies, and expecting mothers.
JMarie Photography's shutterbug says her business is a "simple start up," but her images capture the complexities of human emotion in broad, artful strokes. She shoots outdoors and on-location to seize those moments, pairing natural light with natural expressions. Freezing the candid and spontaneous are her goals, capturing people just being themselves. Portraits are taken in color or black and white with just a touch of color to draw attention to little details, such as flowers or a dress. Accommodating all photography needs, she's available for everything from family portraits to special events.
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What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I am a huge fan on customer service, I want you to laugh, have fun, and have an experience that you will always remember. Plus I'm very flexible every moment is precious to me.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I had a friend who was getting married and she couldn't afford a photographer. No one should be denied something because they afford it. When there is a camera I am available.
What do you love most about your job?
My clients, when I see a big smile, or even a tear I know I did my job.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
One of my clients wedding photographer didn't do such a good job and that happens, I took anniversary pictures and retouched her wedding pictures she saw a preview and cried. Then we all cried.