Personal Branding Photography | Cortland Jones

I recently travelled to Wheaton, Maryland for a personal branding photography session with author Cortland Jones. Cortland is an educator and business entrepreneur that leads from the heart.

Cortland launched CJones Enterprises in 2014 and since then has provided coaching services for aspiring authors, entrepreneurs, educators, entrepreneurs that work with our youth. I’m so excited to share a little about his business with you guys.

One of Cortland’s mission is to pour into others by sharing his faith in God and sharing his gifts to help others succeed. I know I’ll be recommending his workshops and coaching services in the future! For now, you can get to see a bit of the man behind the biz in today’s blog post!

Our personal branding session was a team effort organized and designed by event planner Jamasee, of J. Simms Events based in Maryland. I was so excited to meet J. and work with her on the visual branding for Cortland’s photo session! We wanted to create modern headshots with a relaxed and approachable feel. And I’d say we nailed it!

J. and I worked closely on Cortland’s personal branding questionnaire items, so that we could narrow down the images we needed to capture for a website that’s currently in the works.  The best part about it all, is that we were able to create multiple flat lays and modern portraits; that can be used to create a variety of marketing materials and online content.

Our impeccable fashion stylist and brand influencer for Cortland’s personal branding session was the amazing Mark Q, who’s based in the DC area. He totally transformed Cortland from the casual educator dressed in denim, to a debonair entrepreneur dressed in a more formal look with slacks and a tailored suit jacket.

Both looks were so fun to shoot, but my favorite outfit of the day was the formal look Mark created for Cortland.  He takes a neutral color like tan and gives it a new twist with texture and color using a deep purple jacket. And, I’m loving it!

I had such a blast photographing Cortland’s branding session with an incredible team of vendors. Click here if you’re interested in booking your own personal branding session for your biz or send me an email at ablake@annblakephotography.com.

Branding: @JSimmsEvents | Stylist: @StyledByMarkQ | Photography: @annblakephoto | Videography @Iam_YahYah


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Hello & welcome to the ABP blog! I’m a Philadelphia based portrait photographer creating beautiful, light-filled images for families looking to create lasting memories and women creatives excited to grow their busineses with branded photos. On the blog,  I’ll share my most recent sessions, travels,  photo tips and more. So grab an iced coffee and . hang out a while!

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