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 Story: Justin O'Keith Higgs
Who am I? I am the modern day Renaissance Man. A multipotentialite. A jack of all trades. An enigma. I do not fit into a box. I am a lover of learning, education and self improvement. I can do almost anything and whatever I want to learn I teach myself and work to become the best at it. To many this is intimidating and confusing. To the chosen, I am the sign of what is to come. They understand my gifts and let me use them to help them and our world. This is a glimpse into who I am. This is what makes up Justin O'Keith.
My mother, Pamela Lawrence, always taught me to be the best in everything I do. Her teachings have taken me far in life and have made my life an adventure. Ever since I can remember I have been an artist. I love and desire to create things. My passion for photography was ignited while I served as yearbook editor at my high school, Metropolitan Christian School in Dallas. I loved my time at Metro. It allowed me to grow and started me on the path to become the man I am today. I graduated as Valedictorian in 2003 from Metro. I carried my talents along to college, where I served as Editor-in-Chief of "The Martian", the yearbook at East Texas Baptist University. My art was refined there due to the influences of some great people: Brenda Fuller, Christina Carpenter, and Syndi Thomas.
After I left etbu to attend my Alma Mater The University of Texas at Tyler, my photography was side tracked. My focus was to get into law school. I was accepted and began law school, then I realized I wasn't complete. My life was out of balance. I was too engaged in the analytical side and the creativity was being kept at bay. I listened to my heart and decided to return to my passion. Now here I am, learning, creating, and enjoying every moment of it.
In May 2010 I graduated with my Juris Doctor and sat for the July 2010 Texas Bar Exam. I passed on my first attempt to become an Attorney. I returned to school in August 2013 while working full time and graduated with my Masters in Human Resource Development in December 2015.
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.