About the Cover Photographer: David Jones of JFX Digital

David Jones, PhotographerSometimes the passion in life for what you love to do becomes the catalyst for life changing events. That’s what took David Jones, a 12 year decorated armed services veteran from the Air Force, to his current dream job as a photographer.

Studying under Atlanta’s Master of Photography, John Haigwood was a tremendous boost to David’s natural talent. With Haigwood’s mentoring, David learned different lighting techniques, composition and advance fundamentals which gave his portraits that little extra shine. Since then, David has enjoyed working on photo shoots for Our Town magazine, local celebrities, schools and families, as well as global corporations such as After Six formal wear rentals.

Always pushing the creative envelope, David has the same enthusiasm he brings when he’s hired to shoot for his commercial clients. No matter if he’s shooting a mother’s belly bump, a family portrait or a wedding, or the fabulous top athletes in Paulding County, David will surpass expectations and bring the experience to a whole new creative level.

David has a mastery of lighting, styling, editing and most of all, a vision for capturing a portrait in time that tells the perfect story.

To see more of David’s fantastic work, visit his online galleries of families, couples, children and more by visiting his website, DavidJonesMedia.com. If you would like to contact David, you can reach him at 770-687-6378

We Come to Show Our Gratitude

By: Brittany Kirkland

“Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” - Ronald Regan Justin and Kaylie Griswell with their daughter, Pypper

In 1919, Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as Armistice Day following the Great War, or what we as, World War I. Eventually, the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War would create the push to expand Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day: a day reserved to honor all military veterans. Veteran’s Day is a vital part of this country’s life force, so as the holiday nears, it’s time we pay our gratitude in any way we see fit.

This month, we can pay homage by reflecting on the lives and service of our veterans in the Paulding County community. Paulding’s very own Justin Griswell is a Marine veteran who found inspiration in joining the ranks through a friend. Justin recalls when his friend, Jake Parker, graduated from Parris Island, a site for Marine Corps recruit training. Before the graduation ceremony came to an end, Justin knew that being a Marine was in his future.  He stated that, “the following December I was in boot camp at Parris Island.”

Justin joined the Marines in December of 2009 and remained on active duty until 2013. He served in the inactive reserves until August 2017. While on active duty, Justin climbed up the ranks to become Sergeant, with his MOS being 1391 Bulk Fuel Specialist. Justin spent the entirety of his career stationed in Beaufort, South Carolina.

In 2011, he was deployed to Afghanistan, in which he was in COP Owlette, a combat post in the Helmen providence of Afghanistan.

After Justin’s career with the Marine Corps came to an end, he began working for AT&T as a wire technician. Justin now trains for the company as well. Justin’s wife, Kaylie, also works for AT&T as a Sr. Specialist Process/Quality Manager.

Before joining the Marines was even a thought, Justin spent his early life here in Georgia. He was born at Cobb Hospital, but spent his childhood in Paulding County.

Six years ago, Justin took Kaylie to be his wife, and ever since, their love for each other has sprouted and resulted in their daughter, Pypper. The Griswell’s are all about family and love to spend time with each other. They enjoy supporting the East Paulding Youth Raiders football team as well as Georgia Tech Football. Kaylie is also the Assistant Cheerleading Director and the 2nd grade Cheerleading Head Coach for the East Paulding Youth Raiders.

On Sunday’s, you can find the family praising and worshipping at West Ridge Church in Dallas. In their free time, they love to put their recently purchased boat to work on the waters of Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. They have properly ordained their new boat, “The Lost Shaker of Salt.”

As the Griswell’s prepare for Veterans Day, Justin shares their Veteran’s Day traditions. The family makes it a priority to spend the day with his grandfather, also known as Pop. Justin’s grandfather served in the Army several years ago.  Justin stated that, “I always like to thank fellow Veterans when I see them because without those before us, we wouldn’t be able to do the things we do today.”

Justin gives all the credit for his accomplishments to God. He recalls that, “He gave me the strength to get through the hard times. My wife, Kaylie, has been nothing but supportive through my time in the Marines [and] the Lord blessed us with a little girl while we were in the Marines [as well].”

Justin and his family are beyond blessed to have such an expansive support system. From his parents and sister to his in-laws, he has nothing but gratitude for the individuals in their lives who have helped them in the times that they have needed family the most.

Pypper GrisellJustin couldn’t talk about his career and life without mentioning a few other special people as well. One of those individuals was Colonel Dave Carmichael, who motivated him toward to push for success in the Marines. Justin mentioned, “When you’re far from home, sometimes and abroad in other places, the love and support of friends and family really push you through and keep you going day to day. We would be here all day if I thanked each and every one that supported me through the years, [but] I would like to say a special thanks to Jake Parker, Mark Webb, and Justin Bruce.”

Happy Veteran’s Day to everyone who has served in the Armed Forces. Your commitment and bravery are so very much appreciated!

 

 

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