Shakur Jones is one of the best-known photographers in Arizona. At only 23 years old, Shakur got to shoot for many celebrities such as Trey Songz, Kehlani and Diggy Simmons just to name a few. There is still a lot of mystery surrounding Shakur so naturally, we wanted to know more.
Why did you start being a photographer? It was something I’ve always had an interest in at a young age, specifically urban and black & white photography. I’ve decided to take it seriously about 3 years ago.
What is your favorite thing about photography? I love capturing a moment you can’t relive. You can’t recreate a moment the exact way it happened so it’s all about capturing that fine moment. Concerts and weddings are perfect examples of moments you can’t relive.
Who is your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration photographer wise is Orinary, who based out of LA. His color, capture and the way he edits skin tones look so realistic; an enhanced beauty of realism which I like to describe it.
What was your favorite concert you shot at and why? My favorite concert I shot was Lil Yachty for you guys because of the crazy environment. He had a whole water fight, the vibe was insane, some of the shots I got were crazy and many of my shots were perfect coloring so yeah that’s why that’s my favorite concert, never seen anything like it.
Dream people you want to collaborate with? Photography wise: Orinary, model wise: Tianna Parker and celebrity wise: Chris Brown.
What are your goals for this year? My goal is to buy a studio, which I’m currently in the process of. It will a complete art studio which will not only have a photography studio but will also have a dance studio and a recording studio.
What camera are you currently shooting with? I currently shoot with Cannon 5D mark 2 but if I can have any camera it would be a cannon 1dx mark 2 or Mark 3 when it comes out. I only use cannon, I’m true to the brand #CannonShooterForLife
What advice would you give to any aspiring photographer out there? My biggest advice would be to first find the area of photography you have the most interest in and finding a love for it, whether its concerts, sports, weddings, etc. Like people say: if you don’t love what you do, you’ll never be happy.
Best way to contact you? Social media is the best for me, especially Instagram.