Wayne Johnson II
"I love photography, and it's my true calling! I love the process and the outcome, if I had one wish, it would be to have been a photographer right out of high school."
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My name is Wayne Johnson the Second and I was born August 8th, 1983. I was born in El Paso, Texas to Marguerite and Wayne Johnson Sr. I lived in Texas for less than a year then my family lived in Germany for two years, then we spent about a year and a half in Virginia, and then we spent the rest of our lives in Maryland. I have an older sister, who is my father’s daughter, and she is eleven years older than me. That makes her forty-four, and I’m thirty-three currently. I have two younger brothers Colin and Terrell, Colin is twenty-eight, and Terrell is twenty-five. I graduated from Chesapeake High School in 2001 which is where I also started photographing. I started photographing because in 2001 I had my first child, now knowing that I love to capture moments I decided that I was going to capture her growing up myself with my own film camera ( I believe it was a Fuji camera). Now as time went by I started loving photography in general, and then life got in the way (work, relationships) and I was still photographing, but I wasn’t doing it as extensively as I was when I first started. So then I went on a journey away from photography and then a few years after I went away from it (about five) I realized that photographs in general, not just my own, really make me happy and seeing and looking back on memories is something that I would like to provide not just for myself but to others as well. I just didn’t know how to approach that, so I kind of got back into it and fell out again. So then I ran into a video on YouTube about a woman named Helena Price, and as I’m listening to her story, her story and my story were similar. So then I was like “Wow, I know I can’t pick up and just move to New York or move to San Francisco” like she did but, you can follow your photography dream, your passion, and you can make something of it. Even if you do not make a career out of it, you can at least enhance your skills to the max of your ability, and if you’re fortunate enough to get the opportunity to do that for a living it is possible and as a matter of a fact it is likely , you just have to have the drive and determination. From that point on I decided that I was going to train myself to be a photographer and I’m going to get paid one way or another. Now when I say one way or another I mean rather I’m going to get paid part-time, or I’m going to get paid full-time, part-time could be getting paid twice a year and full-time would be getting paid once every week or twice every week, but either way, I was going to go for it. So far I am still on the part-time path, but I have grown so much since that revelation that I was going to do that. Now out of all of the genres : landscape, portrait, street, boudoir, not wedding ( I’ve shot a wedding but only as a second photographer but I wasn’t the main one), the one that appealed to me the most that always appealed to me the most I just didn’t realize it at the time was portraits and boudoir. Now the thing about portraits is that I have a big family so at some point of time or another I had to photograph a family member and that’s how the portrait side of it came about and again hence the fact when my daughter Alicia in 2001 when she was born I was taking portraits of her as well. So I kind of fell into portraits but boudoir rather it had been the playboy or sports illustrated, and that’s not so much boudoir, but you get the gist of my point, I have always been in love with women’s beauty. In other words, I’m endlessly fascinated with the complexity and beauty of women. Each woman is unique and is an absolute joy to collaborate with, so that’s how I got on the end of boudoir and that is the route that I believe is the best route for me. That’s why I have WJIIphotography but I’m also trying to transcend WJIIphotography into boudoir by WJIIphotography.
Portrait Photography Award
Balancing Act Mission Winner
Life With Smartphone Mission Winner
First Feature On Baltimore Sun's Street Photographer Series By The Darkroom
Our readers would love to get to know you more Wayne. Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far.
I love photography, and it's my true calling! I love the process and the outcome, if I had one wish, it would be to have been a photographer right out of high school. Memories are the only thing we have, that don't fade away. I capture the moments for myself and others to document the times that are important to us. My dream is to be a Director Of Photography for a Hollywood film.
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What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Wayne?
My goal is to become a full-time Boudoir Photographer and release a book of all my Street Photography. I'm taking a slow process to make the transition because when I do it, I want to do it right! My goal is to be up and running by the beginning of 2018.
How do you communicate with people Wayne? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I communicate in some ways, mainly face to face, but this is the "social media" years, so I make myself available on Facebook and Instagram. I use my many years of customer service experience to assist me in dealing with clients. I'm always friendly and patient because people need to be treated like people.....like family. Any request from a client that I can accommodate, I do, and if I can't I'll find a resource to refer them from my long list of professional friends I have.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change Wayne?
As stated earlier, I would've started the day I graduated high school. Besides that, I wouldn't change any other part of the process.
Who is your hero Wayne, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
Helena Price will forever be my hero! When I got back into photography in 2014 Helena's story was the spark that lit the fire I needed to get out and start shooting again. I emailed Helena, and to my surprise, she emailed me back (I can attach the letter she wrote me). I look back on the letter every time I need some inspiration. I'll forever be grateful I stumbled across Helena's "Like knows like" video on YouTube.
How important are creative education courses Wayne? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
Creative courses are very important to being successful because it's good for you to learn from others with experience. All of my courses were instructed by professionals, and I grew two things, knowledge and resources.
Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
Absolutely. Books are great, but nothing is better than firsthand experience. Practice, practice, and practice some more and don't ever be afraid to reach out to others in the field you're looking to get into; there are some really nice people in the industry.
Please add any photo credits for the photos you uploaded so that everybody can get recognised.
All photography is mine; I can send the models Instagram handles separately if needed.