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Daily Inspiration: Meet Anthony Morrison Jr.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Morrison Jr.

Hi Anthony, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My story starts very similarly to a lot of other creatives. A desire to wake up every day totally plugged into something you absolutely love! This is how it got started. Firstly I’m a husband and father of 3 to Anthony, Aleyah, and Cheyenne. My wonderful wife Catherine is my heart and has always been the center of my inspiration. My background is in information technology but there was always an artist inside of me waiting to break free.

After working hard for years to climb the corporate ladder I soon realized, sitting at a desk and deciding between 0 and 1 just wasn’t for me. The thing is information technology is one of those fields that often bridges the gap for creatives in that space. I.T. allows us to somewhat flex that creative muscle by working through systems and working through problems in creative ways. Although it doesn’t quite fill that art itch it’s a happy medium for most. You get to pay the bills and you also get to be partially creative.

I don’t wanna undersell how valuable my time was in the information technology field it allowed me to develop key communication skills, software/hardware competence as well as documentation skills. This was key in being able to forge a secure groundwork for my photography business.

I also can troubleshoot my own computer issues.

The short end of it is that I went to shoot with a friend a few times and was hooked! Started shooting weddings shortly after. Left the IT field permanently around five years ago and I’ve never looked back! I’ve been shooting weddings now all over the country for the last five years it’s been such a blast! I tell my kids all the time that I get to go to a party every weekend! I get to spend one of the most important moments in someone’s life with them!

The DC, Maryland, and Virginia area has been amazing for us! We’ve made amazing friends and connections here and are sad to go but we’re headed to Southern California in March.

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?
One of the biggest challenges in photography as in any creative endeavor isn’t necessarily learning skills, it’s building a brand and marketing it. Creatives tend to only focus creatively, that’s a mistake. Work on your business first, your art will naturally flow out of your soul, your business… not so much.

As far as creative challenges there’s always the next mountain to climb, so many amazing photographers in my industry. With me taking the dynamic approach that I do it also means that I shoot everything “in Camera” what you see on screen is true. No Photoshop trickery, I use elements within the day to create images for my clients.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Guess I had to classify. I would probably consider myself a creative wedding photographer! After a few moments of looking at my images, you’ll recognize whether you resonate with my work.

I work completely dynamically, which means that I’m not waiting for the perfect scenario to capture you. I don’t need a perfect sunny day, perfect venue, or perfect situation. Whether it’s a beautiful cathedral or parking lot on a rainy day I specialize in creating beautiful images.

This is what makes me unique.

How do you think about luck?
I don’t believe in luck, I think that what we call “luck” is actually providence. Certain things are supposed to happen at certain times it’s our job to make the best of what happens. Our attitude reflects back into the world whether good or bad. I choose well.

‘My faith. Never grew up in a religious home, so God was easy to find’

My faith in God it’s such an integral part of who I am and what I do it’s almost impossible to separate the two. At the same time, it’s not something that’s ever necessary for me to smack someone over the head with!

How I treat you and the experience that you receive with me should speak more than any scripture that I could ever point you to.

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