We had the good fortune of connecting with DP Jolly and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi DP, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I understood the power of creativity at a very young age. Almost everything we come into contact with took some form of creativity to come into fruition. I also believe that most people make a lot of their decisions based on “creative” something is.

Whether it’s children latch on to catchy tunes and bright colors or make buying decisions on certain product based on how it is presented to us or preferring one musical artist to another because on how they have crafted their sound–it all involves some level of creativity.

With that in mind, I wanted to make sure that whatever I do or be a part of, I want it to be done well AND look good while doing it. Over time I realized that vision was able to be implemented into photography and I’ve enjoyed the ride ever since!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is still being crafted, but I can say that the common theme will always be joy. Not that the picture has to have the subject smiling or that is all sunshine and rainbows. But even that the accomplishment of the photo exudes joy, whether the audience is happy for the photographer, the subject, or even themselves. I believe that vision in mind sets me apart from others.

On a more skilled note, I think my versatility in photography allows me to set apart. It can be portraits, events, or products I know I can deliver.

I’m excited about finding more direction and more language to my art and in my career. For a while now, I had a more “happy to be here” approach. Now realizing that I AM HERE, how can I walk in that phase and continue to excel. Finding that language is not easy in the slightest and sometimes puts me in my own way. With support from my faith, and as of late therapy, I’m learning to give myself grace in those moments that I feel like I can’t do it.

At the end of the day, I want the world to know that even in my own creative career, it brought joy. That I was happy doing what I do, and it made them happy too

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So I love my city, there are options in everything and anything!

Downtown Brooklyn is my favorite place to be. There are so many food options to select down Smith Street. You can hangout at the promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park and have the Manhattan skyline as your backdrop.

If you’d like to be more local, BedStuy is always buzzing with things to do and to shop with tons of black businesses to support, booking a cycling class at Spiked Spin, finding one of a kind items at Savant Studios, and partying at Cafe Erzulie.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Ronn Richardson and Daniel Calderon are two men I heavily attribute my career to. They made me believe that what I wanted to do in life was possible. That not only there is a blueprint to follow, I can also do it on my terms. Combining both business and creativity seemed foreign at the time I started but they have helped confirm my foresight.

Website: dpjolly.com

Instagram: instagram.com/dp.jolly

Linkedin: linkedin.com/dpjolly

Twitter: twitter.com/dpjolly_

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