Towner Jones Photography, LLC was started in January 2007 by Rob and Rose Jones. TJP provides wedding, engagement, portrait, event, fine art and commercial photography services as well as graphic design and web development to a wide variety of consumer and business clients in the United States and abroad.
There, the formal description is out of the way.
Thanks for stopping by the "About TJP" page, by the fact that you've landed here I'm going to assume that you'd like to know a little bit about Rose and I, and how TJP came to be. I'll try to oblige.
Under the Hood of TJP
Towner Jones Photography has been the realization of what really started as a daydream. Actually, to be more accurate, a series of daydreams, and the childhood through adulthood dream of running a company, doing something I love to do, and expressing, through my business dealings, the core values of integrity, humility, and compassion that are so much a part of who I am.
With me being a computer-nerd with a artistic side, digital photography rekindled an old love of photography and art by marrying the creativity of capturing a photograph with an elaborate world of computer aided post processing. I get hang out with great people, take pictures and then play on a computer - who could ask for a better job?
My beautiful wife, Rose, already a talented photographer and an accomplished salesperson, made the natural choice for a business partner. How many people can say that 1) they get to spend a good portion of their time doing their favorite hobby, 2) with their spouse and best friend, and 3) they get paid to do it.
It was the combination of all of the above that brought Towner Jones Photography to life, and we have been extremely blessed at the growth of the business (and this blog) since our start three short years ago.
What's in a Name
Where did the "Towner Jones" come from you might ask? Towner is my middle name. You see, if you do a search for "Robert Jones Photography" on Google, the site returns 3500+ hits. Believe it or not, Robert Jones is a pretty common name - we needed something more interesting - and there's a story to that too.
In addition to my love of photography, I also have a deep love of music and play a number of musical instruments. When I was first started college at the University of Virginia, I would, on occasion, play jazz saxophone at a couple of the little coffee houses in town. On the very first of those gigs, the manager took me out front to write my name on the chalkboard. The conversation went something like this...
Manager: "What should I put on the board?"
Rob: "Just my name I guess, Robert Jones."
Manager: "Seriously, Robert Jones - that's the most boring name I've ever heard - no one will come see you."
Rob: "Ok. <awkward pause> What do you suggest?"
Manager: "What's your middle name?"
Manager: "Towner Jones it is! That's way better..."
And at that point, my alter ego (the creative artistic side) Towner Jones, was born. When it came time to name the photography business, it was a natural choice. I actually toyed around with the idea of going by Towner for a while, but ended up settling in as Rob. It works.
Enough about the Business
Though it takes up a good portion of our time, Rose and I are more than just the folks that run TJP. Rose and I were high school sweethearts (we met when I was 13!) and we got married in 2001. God has already blessed us with four beautiful daughters, Reagan, McKinley, Madison and Monroe. (Yes, you counted right, I'm outnumbered 5 to 1) They have truly helped us understand how blessed we are, and the joy they bring to our home can't be described in words.
Apart from photography, we love spending time outdoors, backpacking, hiking, fishing, canoeing... pretty much anything that takes us outside. Travel, another love of ours, has taken a backseat (in the minivan) until the girls are a little older, but we look forward to seeing the world again in the years ahead. For now, a trip into the city, or down to the park is pretty great.
Closing Thoughts... For Now
I've said it other places, but I'd like to say it again here. It's readers like you that make running this blog another of my favorite pastimes. Thank you for continuing to support our business and I look forward to sharing a piece of our world with you. Feel free to contact us at any time if we can be of service, or just drop us a line to say hello.
All the best,