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Rising Stars: Meet Marcus Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus Jones.

Hi Marcus, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I’ve had a love for photography starting all the way back to high school. I was one of the editors for my school newspaper, and one of my tasks was taking pictures for each article. I graduated high school back in 2000, I attended Virginia Union University for college, where I majored in mass communications. Skip ahead to 2013. This is where things get interesting. One of my hobbies Is collecting sneakers. Around the time Instagram showed up, people who collected sneakers started taking pictures of their shoe collection. We competed to see who could capture the best shots. Some of us took this really seriously including me. That year I purchased my first DSLR camera. I became extremely good and taking these images. In 2017 I decided that I wanted my talent to work for me, and that year I captured my first wedding. This was the beginning of something special. In 2019 my wife would give birth to our twins. This would fuel my passion even more. I had the urge to create a legacy for my children. Between 2017 and 2019 I only captured three weddings. At this point, I had fallen completely in love with capturing portraits, and love in general. My business still had not taken off though.

They say everything happens for a reason. Even though I only shot three weddings in that time frame I would have several other shoots a few engagement shoots, parties, etc. Then it happened in 2020, the pandemic. This would be the start of Marcus J. Photography. My day job sent us home to work. This gave me the opportunity to work my full-time job, and build my business at the same time. Since 2020 I’ve captured over forty weddings, and I’ve lost count of all my other shoots which include, maternity, branding, engagement, family portraits, lifestyle, and boudoir photography. This has been the most rewarding experience ever. I’m planning to go full-time in the up and coming months,

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The first three years of starting my business were rough. I had to take the time to learn the business. I had to ask a lot of questions and develop a workflow to balance life, my full time, and my new business. The last 2 years have really been a breeze. I’m getting better and better at running my business, booking clients, and providing my clients with the best customer experience possible.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in portraits and candid moments. I am known best for being a wedding photographer. I’m super proud of the success that I’ve had since 2020. The wheels really started turning for me that year. Things have gotten even better each year since. I have a real sense of humor.

I love for my clients to feel comfortable. While giving my clients direction I will make them laugh all throughout the time that we are working together. I am the same way even when we first meet and have our first consultation.

What matters most to you?
What matters to me the most, is giving my clients the greatest client experience. I want everyone to love what I create for them. That’s the first thing. Secondly, I’m a father of two wonderful 3-year-old twins and a husband. I want to leave a legacy behind for my son, and daughter.

I would like for them to have something to show to their children and their children’s children. I also want to teach them that the sky is the limit and that they can be whatever they set their minds to be.

Pricing:

  • Weddings Packages Start at $2000
  • Engagement Sessions Start at $500
  • Branding Sessions Start at $500
  • Portraits Start at $350

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