“I am ready for my close up!” And close ups are what these gents of photography have to offer. Each of the men in the 2015 Best in Photography are masters in their own rights. From head shots to family portraits and even the most elegant wedding photos. This category highlights each photographers ability to be in the moment and capture the shot, as they say. And the amazing thing about each of these photographers is each of them are self-taught. Let’s gear up for a great list:
Adam AJ Jefferson
Adam A. J. Jefferson is the “experienced” photographer. In fact he’s been taking life’s pictures most of his adult life. At the age of 18, A.J. was learning about photo composition by using old 110 Film Cameras and ensuring that only the things necessary in the picture were captured. Not realizing this learned trait, he was well aware of this need when he moved to digital photography many years later. A. J. is very passionate about the work he produces and the needs of his clients, and he brings peace of mind to everyone he works with by sharing “sneak peeks” of the work while on the job. By moving from film cameras to digital photography he has found professional success by some of the assignments he has been chosen to photograph including, The Obama Dallas Organization Campaign, Dallas MLK Parade Photography, Parker University’s Parker Power Weekends and Expo, Several Wedding Events, Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Rail Operator Graduations, and various other events. In another capacity he is a church member and Director of the church’s Video Production Team. A. J. enjoys staying fit to handle the photo assignments by doing cardio and kettle bell workouts.
Cy Davison is a published fashion photographer based in Dallas, Texas. His work tells a story with European flare and a strong attention to detail with every frame. He is defined by the multifaceted ability to create art in the realm of photography, film making, graphic design, and custom music that adds to this artists’ palette. His clientele consists of designers and bloggers like G3 Concepts, Pink Lucy, Josh Henry, VannaCollins.com and InsprireNStyle magazine.
Cy currently is working on many projects with subjects like “Ephraim” a men’s fashion piece and numerous film projects starting in the first quarter of 2016. When Cy is not creating that next work of art, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, is involved in ministry, and enjoys guitar for which he has played for over twenty years.
“BE YOUR Best, An you just might be THE Best”
A photographer, videographer, web and graphic designer, a Christian these are the obvious images you see displayed when you first see Mr. Kevin Dukes who has grown to live by this quote he so eagerly shares with people he interacts with. Upon graduation from DeVry University, receiving his Bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering Technology, Dukes found himself working in the chaotic day-to-day of Corporate America. God had greater plans as far as he knew due to the sudden layoffs, transfers, and politics in the work place causing Dukes to work against the grain. Kevin Dukes Photography was founded in his year of independence, 2001. Looking back Dukes was deemed the family historian, taking photographs at various family gatherings and even on his school field trips so it was only fitting that photography would be his tool to success.
Kevin Dukes Photography was launched with an emphasis on the fashion and modeling industry, but Dukes found himself shooting weddings, events, games, and in front of performing artist as well. Challenged to change his mentality, Kevin Dukes has his future goals set in leaving a lasting legacy for his two sons.
Teshorn Jackson Photography
Teshorn Jackson is an accomplished photographer, author and a self-proclaimed beach bum. As a wedding photographer he is had the opportunity to travel to across the country and around the world. His philosophy is Moments Matter…This is the motivation behind all of his iconic images. At his own wedding, nine years ago, the photographer did not capture the moments of their day. As a result he wants to make sure none of his couples miss any of their moments on wedding day. When he was
a new photographer seven years ago, there wasn’t a lot of information available about lighting and composition, so he has conducted a few workshops and one to one mentoring sessions with new photographers.
On any given day if you are in his office he will be listening to audio books or soca music. Among his favorites are, “The 4hr Workweek” by Tim Ferris and “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George Samuel Clason. This love of learning led him to author two books of his own, Pause and Pursue and The Closer (e-book for wedding photographers). When he is not capturing moments, he likes to spend time with his wife or escape to his island home of Antigua. Sun, sea and sand are the perfect combination for him to relax, eat lots of mangoes and enjoy bun and cheese every day!
David Thomas is a man on a mission. A mission to serve God, who formerly served his country in the U.S. military and now his clients with exceptionally crafted and taken photos that capture the essence of who they are and the memories they want to last forever.
Thomas began his journey in visual arts when he began volunteering for the Inspiring Body of Christ Church under the leadership of Pastor Rickie G. Rush. He worked as a floor camera man capturing the spirit of the ministry and its members. Soon it evolved and he picked up a still shot camera. From there DL’s Viewpoint was created and the rest is history.
Thomas enjoys spending time with his wife, Judy Thomas and has one daughter.