It has been over a year since TROY graduate Jonas Shaw, also known as 7 Shots, decided to expand his photography business, Studio 7 Troy.
“I was like, man, I need a studio because I was shooting inside of my living room and I needed some more space,” Shaw said. “That just wasn’t enough.”
Shaw says he didn’t come to TROY for photography but has always loved capturing people’s special moments.
“I only got pulled into photography just by association,” Shaw explained. “A TROY graduate, she asked me to film her wedding. I didn’t own a camera yet but she saw the work that I did off of my iPhone. She was just like, ‘I like the way you edit and do your thing.’ After a while I got into editing videos.”
Most people leave TROY after graduation, but not Shaw.
“Post-college they’re like, ‘Where are you going next’,” Shaw told TrojanVision. “I didn’t have to move at all because my most of my clientele were college students. I didn’t really have a reason to leave.”
Have you ever seen a dollar wall? Shaw says he got the idea from a restaurant that leaves inspiring messages or scriptures on the wall. He wants to fill his entire wall with dollars from customers, photographers, and fellow art lovers.
“This is what makes me happy,” Shaw said. “I just like designing stuff and creating things and altering what people see.”
Studio 7 Troy is located at 210 East Academy Street. For more information, visit its Facebook page.