We had the good fortune of connecting with Tamika Thomas-Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tamika, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My business helps the community through impactful storytelling. I provide design and photography services that helps to communicate the mission and goals of nonprofit organizations, small businesses and entrepreneurs. The way a client’s story is told can range from a new logo to establish their brand in the marketplace to a new website or photo shoot documenting their day-to-day operations. My focus is to elevate their brand and guide them to the next level of success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Brand Stylist and Photographer. I specialize in creating high impact visuals in the form of type, color, illustration, motion graphics and photography to elevate the brands of nonprofits, businesses and entrepreneurs. I am most proud that I can utilize my talents to further the mission of incredible charities who work tirelessly to support undeserved communities. My contributions to these organizations has graced the cover of Latina Magazine, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and has been viewed by millions in Times Square. I am also responsible for designing and shooting major ad campaigns for one of the largest food banks in the country. The path to my current position professionally has not been easy, but I credit hard work, consistency and relationship building to my success. That same formula is the reason I have been able to overcome any challenges faced. The biggest lessons I have learned is to always trust your instincts and work hard. It is through that work ethic that JOUJOU provides limitless creativity, integrity, consistency and ultimately results.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta and surrounding areas is such a melting pot of flavor and culture. I’m a self-proclaimed foodie so a lot of the spots I would recommend are restaurants: South City Kitchen, my fav spot Eclipse de Luna, Noche, 6ft Under, Agave, Old Lady Gang and Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen. Other spots I would recommend are: Little Five Points, The Village Market, City of Ink, Peters Street Station, The Forward Warrior murals in Cabbagetown, Ponce City Market, The Beltline, The World of Coca-Cola and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, High Museum, Civil & Human Rights Museum and The King Center. Finally, if they want to attend sporting events while in town: Mercedes-Benz Arena to catch the Falcons and Atlanta United, State Farm Arena for the Atlanta Hawks or Truist Park to catch the Atlanta Braves. This list of places to check out is a great starting point. Let’s be honest, there’s no way you can thoroughly experience Atlanta in a week.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the love and support of my family and friends. I’ve had my share of ups and downs, but how you bounce back depends on your mindset and the people in your circle. I have the talent, a will to succeed and unwavering support. That combination has guided my path through hardship. I am blessed to have a village that constantly pours into me and when possible, they send opportunities my way. This shoutout is dedicated to them!
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