Hello!! Welcome to the new A.J. Photography website and most importantly, welcome to the official A.J. Photography Blog. In this blog, I plan to highlight the joys of portrait photography and the stories of the adventures that occur along the way. I hope that you decide to come along the journey with me. Since this is my first blog I am going to spend some time explaining how A.J. Photography came about and send out a few special thank yous to some certain special people. So here we go.
The name A.J. Photography comes from my name Andrew Joseph. My grandfather wanted to call me A.J. for short when I was little. However, my mother was not going to have that and claims, “I put a stop to that!” Therefore, the name A.J. is paying homage to my grandfather who was my best friend growing up. He still is one of the best men I have had the privilege to have in my life. I got my start in photography when I was working in Washington D.C. and Nantucket, MA. I actually had a Canon film camera (before digital was affordable and prevalent in photography). I went through so much money on film and remember wanting to try all these techniques I had learned about or read about (yes this was before YouTube) but had to wait for the camera shop to develop my film. Once I would get the film back, I would throw away photos that did not work and keeping the ones that did. I actually had my film taken away by the Secret Service one night near the White House (funny story for later). I spent countless hours on the National Mall, the beach, and areas around the town of Nantucket practicing different photo techniques. I had someone in Nantucket really like my photos and asked to purchase them for their house which started my ambition to start my own business one day.
So fast forwarding (read my “about me” page to fill in the blanks) to 2016, I finally had the time and the fire to take the leap and start my own business. I would not have been able to do it without my wife Theresa. She has been the rock behind A.J. Photography and acted as my scheduling agent, photo critic, boss (I think I was the boss for like two minutes at the beginning and then she took over), and the support system for this idea. Without Theresa, none of this would be possible.
Back to my story, although working in a studio was fun, the pressure to sell took away from the fun of actually working with clients and photographing them. So I decided to go out on my own. I have taken a lot of photos along the way and refined my techniques and feel like this was the right time to take the plunge into the photography world. Both of my parents are entrepreneurs and have taught me that your client\customer base is the key to any business and that customer service is on the forefront of any successful business. I will do whatever I can to meet someone needs and to provide them with exceptional customer service and professionalism throughout the process.
So before I officially launch my blog, there are a few people I want to thank. First, I want to thank Rob who always saw my creativity as a gift and pushed me to continue with photography every step of the way. Second, I want to thank my family especially my brother Adam. Adam has looked at a lot of my photos and provided his criticism and support to make the photos better. Lastly, I want to thank all of the people who gave me the chance as an unknown photographer.
So…here we go! I hope you enjoy the ride along with me. I know it will be an interesting ride with all kinds of exciting stories. I hope you enjoy them as much as I know I will.