We had the good fortune of connecting with Henry Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Henry, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My work life balance has changed tremendously since I’ve started my business. I work a ‘9-5 job’ and run my business pretty much anytime after I am done with my FT job. When I first started I would take jobs during the week and most weekends. Between both jobs it used to be me working weeks none stop and being up late editing, planning social media content and whatever business tasks were needed. Now I make sure I have the correct work life balance so I get to enjoy my family and be available to my friends as well. I also outsourced some of my business tasks and planned extended time off from photography.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Quite often I hear from my clients that they booked me because they loved how natural, bright and vibrant my photos were. My clients want to see an image and see them instead of an overly processed or retouched photo. Getting to where I am at wasn’t easy. When I first started, I would compare & try to duplicate the work I was seeing. I had to learn to find my own style and produce the images I would like to see if someone took images of me. Duplicating the images I was seeing didn’t feel natural to me and I hated it. I had to learn to drive in my own lane and stop being a follower and mimicking what I was seeing. I feel that you can learn from what you see but you have to put the blinders on and do your own thing. At the end of the day, you have to know yourself, what you want to produce and where you want to go.
I want the world to know that I love what I do. I love producing authentic, fun & vibrant portraits.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this because it would be new to me as well. I recently relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina so they will be my reason to check out the spots I always heard about but didn’t get a chance to check out yet. I love some good food and craft beer (iced cold IPA please) so a few of these locations would be included during the visit. I would take my friend to see the sites which would be a rooftop bar, the mall or whatever we are feeling at the time.
A few of my favorite spots are:
Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could dedicate this to so many people but I feel this Shout out belongs to my wife Jackie who gave me the initial push. I always loved taking pictures but I never thought I would want to turn it into a business. She provided me with the confidence and the persuasion to do more with my talents. She has supported me with doing whatever I needed to do to make this a success. She doesn’t understand everything about photography but she is someone I go to for advice and suggestions within the business.
As for photographers who deserve some credit would be Denise of Denise Benson Photography who I had my initial one on one photography coaching with. She taught me a fair amount about about the business side and provided me with shooting ideas. My most current shout out goes to Rodney of Creative Images Photography who I talk to daily. We discuss everything from lighting, marketing, gear and more. He has taught me a ton of technical side of photography which changed how I know photograph my clients.
For the image of me credit Brandon Grate Photography. The remaining are all my images.