Sunday TEA Time!

Time For Tea

Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to have a sit-down with a fellow Jacksonville Professional Photographer. W. James Hunter is a retired Navy Chief, Karateka, and Speaker, amongst other things. Most of us know him today as "MJ" of MJ Images Photography & Graphic Design.

It was a great 2 hours spent sharing conversation with the man, the myth, the legend. The conversation went all over the place from photography, to business, to Navy, and all points between.

One thing I think that we as photographers alienate one another, when we should be our greatest allies. Think of it, how many Toyota dealer's or automobile dealers, personally attack each other? You may have the occasional one or two that may do so, but as an industry, it weakens the industry. Doctors and Lawyers do not do this, as much as they increase the value of THEIR practice.

I personally can not shoot two different events on the SAME day at the SAME time. I will often encourage clients to "shop around" based on quality and budget, more so than price. I have been known to refer clients and models to other photographers all over the Nation. From places such as Hampton, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Orlando, Pensacola, and even right here in Jacksonville, Florida.

We should all make our net WORK, because in the end, its to the benefit of our clients!

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!