Today we’d like to introduce you to LaJuana Jones.
Hi LaJuana, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My journey began in 2015 when I decided to walk away from my corporate job that I had for about 5 years to pursue my dream of becoming a filmmaker and photographer. After years of working a job that I hated and being underappreciated it was time for a change and I took a leap and made that change.
When I left, I had no plan of how I was going to achieve this goal but I knew I had to believe that God had my back and would lead me on the path I was supposed to be on. I decided to go back to school in the fall of 2015 at Webster University and pursue a communications degree as a start. While at Webster I decided to spread my wings and take courses that I never would have considered before. One of the courses was an introduction to video production class.
Little did I know, this class would be the breakthrough I needed to push me in the right direction. In this class were many exceptionally talented people. I was able to get insight into an industry that I had never learned about, the film industry. While in this class I worked one on one with some amazing filmmakers and I myself started to gain the skills I needed to think like a filmmaker.
This class was for sure the beginning of something I never saw coming. From the connections I made in that class I was able to do my first film projects. I started off as assistant director on a few student films. From there I was later offered several film opportunities to work on feature films such as Bad Grandmas and other films. These opportunities later opened doors for me to work in television for companies such as HGTV, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, A&E, TLC, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES and many others over the years.
I also used this time of exploration to push further to progress my photography skills and business. I took a big leap and in 2016 I started my photography business Lenz Junkie Photography and later in 2018 decided in make it an LLC. I had no clients and no one knew who I was but I knew this was the right time to get it going. In order to get some practice and skills developed I searched out other companies in the industry for opportunities to grow and learn from the inside.
Little did I know, this was the first step to many great things to come. While working for these companies I was able to grow and get a sense of what I should expect from the industry.
For almost a year and a half, I worked as a lead photographer with a company and as an associate photographer with many other great photographers. As I developed my skills I hired and trained other photographers and began to build my own style. At the end of 2018, I began I focus solely on my company and the mark I wanted to make on the industry.
This was my opportunity to see if I had what it takes to make it in this industry. While still working on film projects I began offering photography services for weddings, events and families. The first year I only had 2 weddings and 5 family sessions. I was getting discouraged but I knew I had to keep going and not give up. Then in 2019 I decided I need to make some changes based of what I had learned from other photographers who had taken the time to offer some guidance to me.
I started offering my clients products such as albums, prints and wall art for their homes. One major thing I had learned was that many clients wanted digital files but once they had them they threw them in a drawer and forgot about them never showing them off or displaying them. I knew then that was what I was meant to do…teach my clients how important it is to not only take regular photos but also the importance of showing off the memories in their home.
That same year, I also decided to start offering boudoir services in an attempt to increase my exposure and build my clientele even more. Now here I am in 2021 still actively working my way to the top as an entrepreneur and striving everyday to provide excellent services to my clients. I have extended my business offerings now where I offer my clients photography services, videography services and photo booth options. In the film industry I am a producer and assist clients with bringing their scripts to life.
Some of my work was recently recognized in Naughti Gras 14 in St. Louis and I am working on getting published in a bridal magazine. I am just getting started on this journey and I know I have only touched the surface of the greatness I am capable of.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
This road has definitely not been an easy one. I face homelessness for a few years while working towards my goal. I went through not one but two divorces within 10 years. I also faced challenges with my family life and with other people in the industry telling me I would never accomplish my goals.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I pride myself on offering my clients a unique experience from beginning to end. Every client to me is special in their own way and I want to ensure that whatever their dream is for their shoot I try to accomplish as close as possible. I take special pride in the unique experience I give each client. No two clients will ever have the same session with me. I personally work with my clients to plan and execute their dream shoot. I specialize in making my clients leave better than what they were when they came to me.
I bring my quirky personality and unique outlook on life to all shoots. This year so far my favorite thing has been experimenting with smoke bombs. I am always trying to find new ways to make me stand out from the crowd. What sets me apart from everyone else is me being me. No one can bring the laughs and joy I bring to every shoot.
How do you think about happiness?
Life makes me happy. Spending time with loved ones makes me happy. Working with my clients makes me happy. My favorite part of my job is when I get to meet my clients after the sessions and bring them their products that they purchased. I love to see their faces when they get to hold the final album or print in their hands and realize they did a great job and made some forever memories.
- Wedding Photography : $250 an hour
- Videography Services: $250 an hour
- Photo Booth: $725 for 3 hours
- Event Photography: $250 per hour
- Boudoir Session: $600 for 3 hours
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://lenzjunkiephotography.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/lenzjunkie
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/lenzjunkiephotography