CHARLOTTE, NC – Jon Strayhorn is a relationship person.
The owner of the Media Arts Collective says a collection of friends across the South East and a âpay it forwardâ attitude is what keeps his professional photography business running.
Strayhorn opened Media Arts Collective almost ten years ago, following the 2008 recession.
He said a handful of layoffs and “an understanding wife” had prompted him to engage in the photography business full time.
âI was lucky and had the right people from the start,â Strayhorn said. “I have a long list of people I can name who have helped me get to where I am now.”
Media Arts Collective employs a team of photographers and videographers who act as a “one stop shop” for photography needs across Charlotte.
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The photographer is often hired to capture events such as the annual CIAA basketball tournament in Charlotte and charity events for the rapper’s TI non-profit group, The Harris Community Foundation.
Strayhorn believes that being a black business owner in Charlotte is a “source of pride.”
âI take pride in knowing that I am able to represent my race as a successful business owner,â he said. âMany of my ancestors fought so that I could prosper as a business owner and I feel like in some ways I’m doing the same for the next generation. “
Strayhorn says he’s focused on a younger generation of photographers as he strives to teach them not only photography but also how to run your own business.
âI pay him up front. I wouldn’t be here if someone hadn’t seen something in me that would like to help grow my business. So now I’m doing the same, âStrayhorn said.
Strayhorn teaches his teenage sons, Jonathan and Jordan, more information about the photography industry in the hopes that they will one day take control of Media Arts Collective.
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