It is funny how things work out. The people you meet, the places they go, the lives they live…and how it can all come full circle. In addition to being a photographer, I also teach high school. I get the question all of the time – when are you going to quit teaching? (Answer: not soon. I have too much fun teaching.) One of the greatest aspects of teaching is the relationships you make. Getting to know the students, listen to their goals and dreams, watching them grow as a person…it is one of the most rewarding jobs. Lucky for me, Jordan Doww was one of my students back in the day (insert mass of teenage guys and girls screaming here.) At the time, he wasn’t THE Jordan Doww, but he was well on the way. So when I saw that he was coming home to Detroit for Christmas, I emailed him and said, “Let’s shoot!” Coffee, coneys, and a few hours later, this is what resulted. Scroll down for more Jordan Doww photos.
It was great to catch up with him, hear how life in LA is treating him, projects he has been working on, and what’s next for him. Throughout our shoot, I found it interesting how the roles were reversed – the teacher was learning from the student. Jordan is well-versed in business, marketing, tech, YouTube and has a great pulse on what’s next for the millennial generation. Even though he spends his time in LA, you can’t take the Detroit out of him. Before our shoot wrapped up, he requested we stop to grab a coney. The debate was real – American or Lafayette Coney Island. We stood in an empty street, looking at the building like two confused tourists, only we weren’t. Neither of us wanted to proclaim our allegiance first. In the end, the table at the window was calling our name and we realized lunch wasn’t so much about the coney as much as it was about the conversations.
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It was great to catch up with an old friend and take more Jordan Doww photos.