The gentleman I’m highlighting today is multi-talented and is quickly rising to the top of his game. With just a camera and a dream, this guy has turned a love for art into something great.
Jerome Pearson of J Pearson Photography is a photographer and media journalist. Based in Atlanta, GA, Jerome started his business in June of 2010. In less than 8 months time, Jerome has been an official photographer for the 2010 BET Awards, 2010 Soul Train Awards, 2010 Sean John Fashion Show, the Trey Songz and Monica Tour, Usher Raymond’s annual “New Start” Award ceremony, Keri Hilson’s album release event, and the 2011 Trumpet Awards. At the tender age of 5, Jerome began drawing and painting. This hobby followed him into his collegiate years, where he advanced to drawing and painting on clothes. His artistic ability was apparent to everyone, including his big brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., who gave him the nickname “Krayola”. After Jerome established himself, he decided “to purchase a camera and create beautiful portraits with a lens.”
Fellow photographers that Jerome looks up to are Colin Plush Myers of Orangeburg, SC, Dominic McKelvey of Charleston, SC, and Keith Cephus, who is the main person that is responsible for Jerome becoming a photographer. (You can check out Keith’s work at http://www.keithcephus.com/.) Jerome has stated “he (Keith) pretty much shared info with me such as what type of equipment to purchase and software to use.” Jerome’s dream shoot would be a destination wedding on “an exotic beach somewhere in Costa Rica, the Caribbean, or Mexico, or just a beach setting where the water is actually blue and the sand is white.” When asked who some of his models have been, Jerome shared the following- “Mainly my beautiful wife Jennifer-she was my very first model. I have also had sessions with Miss Korea, Keri Hilson, Roscoe Dash, Pastor Troy, B.O.B., and Verse Simmonds.” Jerome would love to do a session with Lisa Wu Hartwell “just for the simple fact that I admire her hustle, ambition, and drive; she’s also a beautiful model inside and out. My wife and I are currently working on getting her on the cover of “Mood” magazine, which is my wife’s fashion magazine that focuses on fashion and entertainment in Atlanta, GA.” While there are currently no plans for Jerome to do photography full-time, he’s content doing this on a part-time basis, until maybe he retires from his full-time job with the Federal government.
Jerome states he likes Lisa Hartwell’s ambition and hustle, but I can’t help but to admire his as well. This man is on the move and continues to make things happen for himself and his business. If you’re interested in booking Jerome for a session, you can find him on Twitter at @Photo_J or on the web at http://www.jpearsonphotography.com/. I want to thank Jerome for agreeing to be interviewed. And I need to get on the good foot and schedule my photo shoot! Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!
Today’s Black History Month fact:
Moneta Sleet, Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1969. He was the first African American man to win a Pulitzer and the first African American to win the prize for Journalism. The photo that afforded him this honor is well-known to us all; it’s the touching photo of Coretta Scott King holding her youngest daughter, Bernice, at the funeral of her husband Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.