Jamaal Mckenzie

CEO / LEAD PHOTOHRAPHER - VISUALS BY J MCKENZIE

My name is Jamaal & I'm a Brooklyn- born, international wedding & Corporate documentary photographer.

What inspired you to start your business?

I'm a musician, a poet, and a hopeless romantic. At the time, I was struggling with expression in both music and poetry and photography became that outlet. I haven't put the camera down since.

I love to capture love, whether it's in chords or stanzas or digital captures - I love it.

What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?

2 points.

I wish entrepreneurship came with the "I feel like quitting every other week" bumper sticker. But truly, there will.be times when you won't be able to see the forest for the tree's. You won't be able to see how it will work out and you'll doubt yourself heavy. Don't. You got this. Keep pushing and striving, make goals and work towards them and stick your neck out there and fail early on. Get it out the way and adapt the lessons learned.

2nd - FIND. A. TRIBE.

Like-minded friends, colleagues. Mentors. Find them and hold them dear. There will be times when you need someone who cares enough about you to be real with you, pull you out your own head, introduce you, assist you - whatever. You'll be so grateful for them.

What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?

Anything dealing with people of Color and access to STEM. I make sure I place myself in spaces where I can assist and provide a service that forwards PoC activity, Involvement and access to STEM and it's partners.

Image Credit: @kendralynece & @keitravissquire on Instagram