These days any and everyone is calling them self a "Photographer". Anyone can pick up a camera and shoot; however, it is the result you achieve after that split second that separates us. I have been told I have an impeccable eye for things. I see the shot before it even happens and prepare myself for it. You only get one shot to achieve that flawless image in that single perfect moment in time. This is what makes me different, and why I can call myself not only a true Photographer, but an Artist.
I do not just do simple photography. I take paint and make people into living canvas. I create living pieces of unique art. Once it is washed away it can never be created again in the same fashion. It is an experience I am proud to create.
My name is Justin O'Keith Higgs and I am a Dallas, Texas based Artist and Photographer. I am probably one of the most eclectic individuals you will ever meet. I am a Licensed Attorney, Photographer, Artist, Former Dallas Mavericks NBA Mavs ManiAAC Dancer, Human Resource Professional and Creative Visionary. I began photography back in 2007 during my first semester of law school. I was in dire need of a creative outlet from the stress and high pressure of the demands of law school. I started off as a natural light photographer, playing around with and learning my camera. I taught myself how to appreciate and understand light, lines, shadows and imagery. I am all self-taught. Whatever I want to learn I seek out the knowledge and educate myself. My mission is to master something and I invest whatever resources in it to accomplish my goal. My mother taught me when I was very young that if I did something I needed to do it to the best of my ability. This aided my multipotenialite abilities, allowing me to take various practices and backgrounds and apply them amongst various fields and disciplines.
In August of 2016, I decided to conquer of fear of studio lighting and decided it was time to learn it. I rented a local studio and the first images I took were magic. I was an addict and needed more. I dove in hard to studio lighting, teaching myself yet again another craft. People were impressed with my work, but there was one who said I needed to go further. She is my best friend of 13 years. She said your work is nice, but you need to go further. You need to set yourself apart from others. You have never been a part of the pack and fit in. You need to find out what your take on the world is and craft your own path of photography. After much soul searching, angry nights and confused days, I took her advice and followed my intuition.
In mid-April 2017, I decided to venture into something new. I walked into my local Mesquite, TX Michael’s Arts and Crafts and bought acrylic paint. I had no idea what I was going to do with it or how, but I knew I needed it. I started doing body paint using various types of acrylic and washable paints creating unique works of art on my living canvases. I wanted to take my photography from simple art to something unique and amazing. I let go of all my boundaries and let my creativity flow and flourish. I have run into many instances when presenting my art that it does not fit certain standards and rules. However, that is why I love art. There are no rules. I have the freedom to truly express myself and show the world who and what I am through my mediums. My style is different. It is modern, funky, pop, whimsical and classic. I love urban culture and use it as the basis of my creation process. This influences the looks, colors, accessories and more.
During Law School I was told by a photographer in Houston that he hoped law school was going well for me, because after looking at my work I had no future in photography. I took his words and I used it as fuel to ignite my drive to learn and become the photographer I am today.
I have learned in life you must take risks and chances. If you do not ask it is a guaranteed NO. But if I try it is a 50/50 shot and I might even be able to get a yes and open the door to so much more! I am eager to share my gifts with the world and hope they can give as much joy to others as I have received in making them.
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