We had the good fortune of connecting with Antoinne Duane Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Antoinne Duane, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success was something I highlighted in my recent book, The Down Entreprenuer. It is my most favorite point! You should be best friends with “NO”! The word no should be something that you are so comfortable with hearing that it no longer bothers you when people say it, because they will say it. In fact, you will hear no in business like 9 out of 10 times you ask. But if you are not comfortable hearing no and blowing right by it, you will never get to your yes!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always been a creative. As a child I would dabble in all types of art but mainly drawing and painting. Ive found the my superpower is actually just being weird. Weirdness in photography, or any arts for the matter, translates well. Im a shadowy, vivid color photographer. That is what I’m known for on the technical side. On the personnel side, I just love people. In that regard, I want to see people happy so this avenue is the perfect means for me to get that point across! Over these fifteen years, I’ve relied on that passion for people, solid & consistent production and of course a bit of “luck” i.e. right place, right time to get me to where I am today. Quality to should be GREAT but your EXPERIENCE with me should be leagues above that!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, Atlanta is a pretty open place for exploration. First and foremost, I’m a FOODIE, so almost everything I would do with my bestie would involve some type of meal consumption. So if the bestie arrived at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Monday, we would definitely have to stop by Delia’s Chicken Sausage on the way home, I stay in the suburbs north of Atlanta. After a night of rest, we’d have to try ramen at Jinya then head to JeJu in Duluth for a full day of spa and messages. Wednesday would be a trip to the city where we would check out the College Football Museum then slide over to food truck Slutty Vegan. That would be the adventure for that day. Thursday we would have to try the MLK Museum and Piedmont Park as well as gaze over the Jackson St. Bridge. On Friday, that would be a chill day then that evening hit a Studio Movie Grill to watch a good show (movie watching is another top 3 thing I love to do). Saturday would be a day of shooting. Im getting deeper into youth sports so the weekends are days in which I really put in work. Then finally on Sunday, check out Sweet Hut Bakery and head back to the airport!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Ive had the opportunity to learn photography from many different sources throughout my photography career but I received my FOUNDATION from my two mentors: Gene Ho and George Joell. These gentlemen not only gave me the knowledge that I have on a foundational level but both have demonstrated their teachings to me in real life. They have a standard that I do buy best to emulate while carving out my own particular style. I own them and my family all the gratitude such tremendous support.
Photographer: Antoinne Duane Jones