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Conversations with Jordan Turrentine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Turrentine.

Hi Jordan, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Welk, I’ve always had an eye for photography and media production that I began to tap into throughout my teenage years. I originally dreamed of becoming a rap star and music engineer, but in 2019, a tragic incident left me with a shattered ulna bone in my left arm, leaving me with nothing but time to rethink my future goals as I waited for my arm to heal. A few months later, while my arm was still healing, I received a call from a program that I was a part of telling me that I was going to receive a scholarship and that I could use the money to buy any supplies or equipment that I could use to further my education at the college that I was attending at the time, Goucher College. Ecstatic to hear the news, I knew that I would use the money to buy something I could use to practice my passions, which at the time was music. Originally I planned on buying a MacBook and music equipment to practice, record, and upload my music. When the time came to purchase the equipment, my mentor in the program picked me up, and we went to Best Buy to see if they had any equipment I could use. While there, I looked at the laptops and recording equipment they had there, but after walking past the cameras l, something caught my attention and told me to check out the cameras. I’d never had a camera before, but my friends and I were always taking pictures of places and each other, and I was suddenly intrigued. I decided to buy the camera instead and that I would pursue photography at least as a hobby. Soon after, I took photography classes, had meetings with the school’s photography team, and even did gigs around campus. This transitioned into me going out and shooting scenery photos initially. After a while, family friends would pay me to shoot photos for them at events that they were having, like birthday parties. I’ve been taking pictures for 3 years, working on everything from baby showers to birthday parties and weddings. I do photoshoots for my entrepreneurial photography business that I’ve named Drizzy Digital Productions. I’m currently a junior in college, learning the ins and outs of photography, videography, and media production. I aim to turn Drizzy Digital into a popular media and music production company that handles everything from event photography to movies and music videos. Although I am still in the process of learning and perfecting my craft, it still amazes me that with an opportunity and some ambition, I’ve been able to turn my passion into a business with even more growth opportunities, and I honestly look forward to what the future has to hold for Drizzy Digital Productions.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
At times things have gotten a bit rough, honestly. One example is that while shooting photos for a play that my college was showing, using the school’s camera, I made it to the end of the performance when suddenly the camera had dropped off the strap, and the camera broke. Although the school understood the incident, it still hurt my pride, and I felt terrible. But I also considered it a lesson to tighten the strap constantly! There also was a time when I was beginning to take photography seriously, but I decided to shoot a friend’s birthday party for free just out of kindness and because I wanted to practice my craft a little. A year later, however, that same friend decided to have another party, and we’d discussed having me shoot pics for the party this year, except this time for a fee. When the party came around, I hit the flicks, and everything went well, so as usual, I edited the photos and sent them to the guy, but he never paid me. I took this as another lesson, but we were friends, which was disappointing. Finally, there are times when a business can be slow in between gigs. I’m not necessarily shooting gigs for people daily or even weekly. Although I’m usually booked for holidays and things like that, it does take patience, but it is also because of this reason that I look forward to jobs when I do get them even more!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a photographer and owner of my entrepreneurial business Drizzy Digital Productions. I am known for specializing in event photography, where I can take candid photos, capturing the special moments of my clients’ events that they hire me for. I do birthday parties, baby showers, reveal parties, weddings, proms, etc., and portraits and photoshoots. I’m most proud of the responses that I get from my clients when they see the pictures that I’ve taken and edited. They’re always enthusiastic and thrilled to see the moments I’ve captured for them and the memories I’ve been able to make. I feel like my energy sets me apart from others. I take pride in how I engage with my clients and always look forward to making connections and pleasing my clients and subjects.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc.?
I currently use Adobe Lightroom for my editing ( and I’m learning to use photoshop and premier). I also use the app PicsArt to place my watermark on photos so that people know who shot the pics and how to contact me when they post them.

Pricing:

  • Event Photography: $125\hour
  • Weddings: $175/hour
  • Photoshoots & Portraits: $125/hour (half hour pricing also available)l

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Image Credits
All pictures taken by Drizzy Digital Productions.

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