Toward the end of my U.S. Air Force career I fell in love with photography. At the snap of the shutter I discovered a world of creativity I’d never experienced before. As a musician, I recognized a stream in photography quite similar to that in music.
Concluding that photography would be my occupation/business for the rest of my life, I consumed myself with learning as much as possible about the craft. Understanding the principle of a firm “foundation”, I enrolled in the Photographic Technology Program at Pensacola State College. I learned a great deal about the craft and graduated with honors distinction Cum Laude.
Awarded by the Okaloosa County School District, I attained a great knowledge of photojournalism while photographing various district events. Wanting to expand, I worked as a second shooter covering weddings. My passion for wedding photography opened the door for me to work as a full-time wedding photographer and partner at Destin Beach Photography & Video Company in Destin, Florida. Seizing the opportunity to expand, I started J. Parker Photography & Design in January 2014 and haven't looked back.
The subject(s) of my fine art photography are vast. With every image I seek to go beyond the shot. Knowing my subject, paying attention to details and allowing my passion to drive gives way to a stream of creativity. As an artist I genuinely want to produce art that goes far beyond the first look.
“ You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper."
– William Albert Allard
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