We had the good fortune of connecting with Claude Langley Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claude, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The thought process of starting my own business was organic. I was coming out of architecture school and noticed that I was not interested in staying in the field and needed to use my skillsets to figure something out. I was always good at photography but didn’t think I could make a living. After my first couple of major clients, I decided to make it official and never looked back.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One thing that sets my art aside from others would have to be the authenticity behind my images and the simplistic yet creative nature of each image. I classify as a lifestyle photographer because I use my life experiences and the things around me to create captivating imagery.
I got where I am today through good work and organic relationship building. It was not easy, but it best was the path for me. I overcame all my challenges through understanding that anything you choose to do in life comes with obstacles, so learn to move with the punches for the thing you’re passionate about.
Some lessons I’ve learned along the way are always to present yourself well – first impressions are everything, be yourself at all times – good and bad, and never be afraid to leave your ego at the door – it’s 10/10 for the best.
I want the world to know that I’m a jack of all trades, and I’m here to bring lifestyle photography in all facets to the mainstream and get back to organic street photography. My story is of a young man finding his way daily and walking in my blessings wholeheartedly.
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?
I’d take my friend to Jam Doung in Washington D.C. to get that quality Uptown Jamaican food, afterward hit the Hirshorn Museum and see what new exhibits are on display, then slide by Ricardo D’Sean to get some luxury streetwear and vibe before making moves for the night, and lastly head into the city to see what pop-ups or events are going on for the night. I’d bring the organic feel of the city and move around the real D.C., not the monuments and political spaces!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout would have to first and foremost go to God. Many individuals have inspired, encouraged, or helped me get where I am currently and where I’m going, but I’ll have to state my brother, Ry, my parents, my nieces, all my past clients, and the beautiful black women in my circle.