Henry Jones Photography 2018 Review | Columbia, SC

2019 is here and I wanted to take some time to reflect on 2018 as a whole. This year has been great for Henry Jones Photography. This year has been filled with some ups and down in my personal life but I would say I had a bunch of ups. In 2018 I lost a few loved ones but photography helped me deal with it. I wish I could share all of the great moments I had in 2018 but I cant and I didn’t want to bore you. So I will hit on a few highlights.

This year I went through a rebranding of my business with included me changing my business name from J² Images to Henry Jones Photography. I will be the first to tell you I am glad I made the change. This change has helped individuals remember my name and gave me a good reason to change up my look.

I included a few of my favorite images from 2018 below so take a quick minute to check them out. If you have some favorite images please comment below and share the blog on your social media for others to enjoy. If I worked with you previously I can’t wait to work with you again and if I haven’t now is the time to get ins so I can add your images to my favorite list of images for 2019.


Last year I had the pleasure of capturing several family sessions. I love working with families because they can be a challenge. Most younger kids do not want to take family pictures but the majority of my sessions the parents are surprised to see their kids did so great. I like to have fun with the family and I give everyone their own time to shine in front of the camera. It’s all about creating long lasting images of you and your family all together having a good time, plain and simple.


I had some great individual sessions as well. Last year I had a decent amount of branding, blogger, headshots and senior sessions. Each time I learned so much about the individual and myself. In 2019 I plan to pull in a few more males to photography.


I got my start in photography working events. I love working events because I get to capture so much in a short amount of time. What all do I capture? The details & decor of the event, candids, group photos and more.


Also in 2018 my wife Jackie, released her personal finance blog Sugar and Money. She details how she paid off $40,000+ in debt, provide details on paying off debt, saving and more. I am the man behind 80% of her photos she has on her social media pages and blog. Do me a favor and check out her blog.


Here comes the bride. I enjoyed these 2 bridal sessions in 2018. Both images were fun to create because they both brought their personality to the session. In 2019 I hope to have more brides added for their portraits that will be hung up in their home for a lifetime.

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Photographers

We are down to the last few weeks before Christmas and I wanted to provide you with a few last minute Christmas Gift ideas for photographers. Maybe its not in your budget to purchase a new DSLR camera or shiny new lens. I provided a few gift ideas that won’t break the bank but will truly impress the photographer on your Christmas list.


Branding Session - What photographer doesn’t need portraits of themselve? Why not book a branding session with one of their favorite photographer and they can use the images on their website and marketing.


T-Shirt for the female photograpHER – How about an Essence of a PhotograHER T-Shirt? This is one of our favorite t-shirts that I see the female photographers wearing.

Long Sleeve Tops for the cold weather - This stylish shirt will keep your photography dry and comfortable. Check out this Nike Long Sleeve Shirts for men and women. These top are perfect because they aren’t too heavy or thin.

Camera Strap – Who couldn’t use a new camera sling strap? If your photographer carries two cameras why not a double strap? If you want something a little more fancy check out this leather Holdfast Money Maker.

Fingerless Gloves - It is getting cold outside so who can’t use a pair of some fingerless gloves?

Business Card Holder - Since you are about ‘business’ why not have a nice card holder to keep your business cards looking good.


The LensPen – The LensPen is perfect for cleaning camera lenses. It is also compact that includes a dust brush and a special non-liquid cleaning element.

Memory Cards - A photographer can never have too many memory cards. I have been sticking with the SanDisk Extreme Pro memory cards. These cards last a long time and you can get them for a reasonable price.

Memory Card Case - In order to store and provide additional protection I would recommend a water resistant memory card case. This Pelican Memory Card Case will hold 12 cards safely.

External Hard Drive - Every photography has been taught to back up your files and images. Well here are a few great external hard drives that can used to back up your files and images. Western Digital offers a My Passport External Hard drive that is reliable.

Lens Carrying Pouch - I LOVE THIS POUCH!! I purchased this pouch to carry an extra lens and some other small items while on a photoshoot. Sometimes I don’t feel like carrying my bag so this will work. I have the Think Tank Photo Lens Changer 35 that can hold up to a 24-70mm lens. All you have to do is clip it onto your belt.


Pocket Notebook – This book is only 6 inches tall and it great for documenting the little details. With this notebook you can see what you did in a similar situation so you ace the shoot. The Think Then Shoot: A Photographer’s Pocket Notebook is a perfect gift idea.

E-Book - How about an E-Book on portraits and posing? This book has over 70 pages worth of valuable information and broken down into 4 sections; Portraits, Posing, Shooting and Equipment. The Portrait & Posing Workbook is a great book for any photographer.

Business Planner - The planner is sold by Janelle Keys on Etsy and is a PDF printable planner. The Epic Studio Planner for Photographers is all-in-one solution for photographers looking for the perfect 2019 planner to keep them organized in the new year.

This Planner has been custom designed by photographers to meet the specific needs of running a photography business. It has sections of workflow, as well as scheduling and marketing.


If you aren’t buying Christmas gifts for a photographer or want some other gift ideas check out my previous blog post. I provided gift ideas that are under $150

11 years cancer free! Michelle is Surviving & Thriving | Columbia, SC

After my step-mother Marilyn Sizemore-Jones lost her 25-year battle with breast cancer in July I wanted to find a way to give back and make her proud. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I felt this is the time to do it. I reached out to Michelle Tindal of Columbia, SC. I have known for a while and asked her if she would like to share her story in exchange for a portrait session. She immediately agreed and stated she would love to share her story. We choose to have the portrait session on the campus of the University of South Carolina at the Horseshoe. We discussed her experience with dealing with breast cancer, her treatments and how she is thriving after cancer.



The year 2007 was a year of many events that still have an impact on how things are today. Some good events that came from that year was Steve Jobs announcing that Apple was going to release the iPhone and Barack Obama announced he was running for President of the United States of America. Some of the bad that came that year was the Mortgage Crisis which caused thousands of foreclosures and who could forget that a college student went on a killing spree at Virginia Tech University which lead to the death of 33 innocent people.

For Michelle, the year 2007 also had good and bad events or her. While performing a self-breast examination she noticed a lump on her breast. After a mammogram and biopsy, it was determined she had Stage 1 Breast Cancer. It was good that she was conducting her self-exams and caught the lump at an early stage. The American Cancer Society states that finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully.

When she received the news of the cancerous lump she was devastated and shocked. Without any prior family history of breast cancer, she couldn’t understand how this happened to her. Thankfully, she has a strong support group by her side which consist of her family and friends. They were with her through every step of the way.


Michelle had a mastectomy and underwent chemotherapy treatments for 4 months. She went for treatment every 2 weeks and had followup appointments in between her treatments. “The side effects and days after is one of the worst feelings ever. It’s tough and my heart goes out to those with long treatment plans,” she said.

Her self-esteem took a huge hit since she felt horrible and believed that she was ugly. “I didn't feel like my normal self and it took me a long time to be ok with myself and get back to loving me. It took me several years to become comfortable sharing my story. I'm glad that I gained confidence and can now share with others. I've realized that this journey not only helped me grow emotionally and spiritually but is helping me encourage others.”


“My faith got me through it all. I knew that I was going to be ok. I had my tough days, but I had family and friends that kept me encouraged. When my faith was struggling, they filled in the gap for me. My grandmother would send me cards in the mail that included scriptures for me to recite. They were always right on time. Now, my faith still keeps me going and I know that because of my faith I am capable of anything. I'm not just a survivor, I'm a conqueror. I'm victorious.”

In 2010, she met and starting dating Eric. It wasn’t easy for her to date knowing what she has been through 3 years prior. “When I tell you that was the most difficult thing I had to tell my husband! I told him while we were dating and I was so scared. I feared being judged. I wanted to be totally transparent with him about my health because there's always that risk of cancer returning. I wanted him to know that I also still dealing with the after effects of chemo and how the effects could impact our future. Plus I knew he would eventually see my surgery scars and I knew he'd have questions.” Michelle and Eric have been married since 2011.


“You're stronger than you think! If you're determined to make it, then you will!”


Michelle continues to be dedicated to her health and well being by exercising faithfully. She also keeps her faith in God which is fed at The Brook in Columbia where she is a faithful servant. Attending her annual oncology visits to receive blood work and scans will ensure her well being. Michelle is cancer free and encourages women to conduct regular breast cancer exams. Early detection is a major key to beating cancer. Michelle also recommends supporting small local groups like Alala Cancer Society. Alala provides post-surgery resources such as mastectomy bras, breast prosthetics and other items that women may need during their treatment.

“We tend to take things for granted until we're faced with the risk of it being taken away. We only get one body and I want to make sure that I'm around for a long time. I don't have kids yet, but when I do have kids I want to be here for them and future generations. I want a long AND healthy life!”

I would like to thank Michelle for her courage and sharing her story with me. After living with a parent with breast cancer I saw first hand how it can be challenging. It can make you question your faith in God and make you feel isolated from everyone. I do know that keeping your faith in God and having a support group will help you get through it all.

Please like the blog post, comment and share it on your social media pages with your friends. If you want me to capture your story please email me at henry@henryjonesphotography.com so we can discuss documenting your life story.

Zachary C. Senior Session | Columbia, SC

This is the year that everyone dreams about since they start school. Everyone dreams about their senior year of school. This is the year where you are the top dog, you are looked up by underclassmen and you get to decide on your future.

Back in September, I had the pleasure of capturing the intial senior photos for Zachary C. (Zach). He will be graduating member of the Class of 2019 from Spring Valley High School.

This summer Zach received an honor from the Spring Valley High School Air Force JROTC. He was presented with the Junior ROTC Award of Merit Award at the Spring Valley High School Military Ball. The night didn’t just end with an award he was also promoted to Commander of the Junior ROTC Color Guard for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

The way session came about was from a casual conversation I had with his mother Bridgette. I’ve known her for several years and asked how he was doing. She mentioned this was his senior year and I suggested the senior session. She agreed with having the 2 Seasons Senior Package that I am offering.

This summer Zach received an honor from the Spring Valley High School Air Force JROTC. He was presented with the Junior ROTC Award of Merit Award at the Spring Valley High School Military Ball. The night didn’t just end with an award he was also promoted to Commander of the Junior ROTC Color Guard for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

The session was held at two separate locations in downtown Columbia. We began on the grounds of the South Carolina State House and ending on the South end of downtown Main Street. Zach was great in front of the camera and when he got stomped during the session he came up with a brilliant idea. With the help of his cell phone, he called a friend to explain to them what he was doing so his poses would look natural. That helped us capture some great images while he was on his phone call. This young teen provided so much swag and fun to the session. I can't wait to capture his second session next year to see what else we can create.

Please like the blog post, comment and share it on your social media pages with your friends. If you want me to capture a rising high school or college senior please have them email me at henry@henryjonesphotography.com so we can discuss capturing their special senior year.

Sherry’s Brunch Bridal Shower | Columbia, SC

I am so excited to be sharing Sherry’s Brunch Bridal Shower with you today. The shower was held at Pine Grove Community Center in Columbia, SC in the middle of August. Her sister Lakisha was the event planner and caterer for the event. I have known Lakisha for over 10 years. She was my wedding coordinator for my wedding when I got married in 2009.

The bridal shower decor was covered in white, black and pink. Each chair was covered with white seat covers and a pink sash that added a pop to the back of the chair. The tables were decorated gold chargers and flowers.

Sherry and her special guests enjoyed the wonderful brunch catered by her sister. After brunch was served they then played bridal shower games, opened gifts, provided marriage advice and took individual photos with Sherry. This bridal shower was filled with laughs, tears and a bunch of love for the soon to be wife.

One highlight of the shower was when each guest introduced themselves which turned into a running joke of being Sherry’s ‘only’ (sister, aunt, first cousin, etc). Almost every guest found a way to add to being Sherry’s only.

Sherry is getting married to her fiancé Kenston on October 13th. I know she will be a beautiful bride and wonderful with to Kenston.


Hash Brown Casserole

Corned Beef Hash, Bacon, Sausage

Scrambled Eggs

Shrimp & Grits with gravy

Fruit & danishes


Planner/Host: Timely Expressions, LLC

Decor: Princess Kut Engagement, LLC

Cupcakes: Lita’s Treats

Food: Lakisha Prioleau Dantzler

Invitations: LMH Printing

Sherry’s Mini Session

At the end of the shower I incorporated a mini portrait session with Sherry. During the session we received a bit of excitement as a neighboring bull dog decided to jump a fence and head towards us. Luckily I was able to run the dog off so we could continue the session. 

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8 Sigma Beta Club Members Honored | Columbia, SC

The Nu Omicron Sigma Chapter held a Bleutillion Recognition Program for the Beta Sigma Club members which was held on Saturday, August 25, 2018. The recognition program was held at the Brookland Baptist Church Banquet and Conference Center. The program was held with an audience of family, friends, and brothers of Phi Beta Sigma.  Brother Richard Boone, State Director for South Carolina Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was the speaker for the event.

History of the Sigma Beta Club

The Sigma Beta Club is a youth affiliated group for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The Sigma Beta Club was founded in 1950 by Dr. Parlette L. Moore.  Brother Moore was concerned about the changing needs in the black communities and recognized the important role that Sigma men could play in the lives of our youth. Sigma Beta Club is a mentoring program sponsored by the men of a local fraternity chapter. The Nu Omicron Sigma Chapter established the Sigma Beta Club on February 19, 2011.

The Sigma Beta Clubs’ four major principles of focus are on Culture, Athletics, Social and Educational needs. The Sigma Beta Club offers a unique opportunity to develop values, leadership skills and social/cultural awareness in our youth during their developmental years. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, but at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today's society. Phi Beta Sigma is confident that investing in our youth today will produce the effective leaders of tomorrow.


In July I received a call from my fraternity Brother Marion Wright. He inquired about having headshot’s taken for a few Sigma Beta Club member for an upcoming event. I was excited to have the opportunity to take these portraits. He let me know that was having a meeting with these young men at the Richland County Public Library on North Main Street so we decided to have them taken there. The meeting was to discuss the upcoming Bluetillion. What is a Bluetillion you might ask? A Bluetillion is a Sigma Beta gala presenting young men to the community. While taking their portraits I was able to have a brief conversation with each club member individually. I was impressed by the maturity these young men displayed.

In Conclusion

I would recommend having your young men to become a member of the Sigma Beta Club. With all the issues that young men have in America today it would be beneficial for them have mentorship. Having a mentor that looks like you helps them know they can do anything in life. Mentorship helps young men stay on track with education, and help with their future plans. Young men with mentors have a higher graduation rate, improves their interpersonal skills, and decreased the likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use. Get your young men involved and see the benefits in him.

Brother Marion Wright helping Marcellus Charles Lewis with his bowtie.

Brother Marion Wright helping Marcellus Charles Lewis with his bowtie.


Sigma Beta Club Members


Isaiah Bowman


Carson Alexander Spencer

Dreher High School - 12th Grade


Zamahray Kelley


Jo'Nathan D. Turkvan


Sean Wise


Marcellus Charles Lewis

Irmo High School - 9th Grade

Malachi Everette Lewis

Irmo High School - 10th Grade


Tyre David Brown

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Chiante | Branding Session | Columbia, SC

Chiante reached out to me last weekend after finding out I was a photographer. She stated she wanted some branding portraits for the website of her business. Chiante is a personal financial coach for individuals and couples in Charlotte, NC. I have known Chiante for several years through her mother so when she reached out to me I was ecstatic. She explained her vision for the session to me and I provided additional ideas to enhance the experience. There are several great photographers in Charlotte but she put her trust in me and traveled to Columbia for her session.

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