Jackson started learning about photography as soon as he could talk. He started assisting his dad (Jack Potts) on professional shoots in 2007. By 2008 he became one of his dads main assistants, and after going on over 40 shoots he went with his dad to photograph Ruth McCartney (Paul's sister) for a magazine. When they showed up, everyone was taken aback, feeling it was inappropriate to bring a 8 year old. They didn't feel that way for long, as they watched him setting up lights and making adjustments on his own. Other than being too short to reach some of the lights once they were set up, he handled himself very professionally. Ruth was endeared with him, and actually made him a sandwich between images. After he had gone on over 100 shoots as an assistant he began shooting on his own. He shot his first wedding at age 9 in 2009. As his interest continued to grow and more people became aware of his talent in photography Jackson was invited to participate in a group gallery show during FotoFest in Houston. His image became controversial and attracted media attention from The Houston Chronicle, Associated Press, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as other publications and radio. He also participated in the annual Imago show that same year. In May 2010 he was asked to to start his own column for a local Magazine "002 Houston." The column is called "Mini Me," and it features extraordinary kids with interesting talents and accomplishments. He conducts all the interviews and of course does the photography for the bimonthly column. He is currently preparing for his first solo gallery show scheduled for the end of summer 2011,titled "Rock and Roll Portraits."
Africa through the eyes of a child
Started in 2010, by the Potts Family.
A chronicling of the experiences of Jackson & Dietrich as they discover Africa, this will compile their stories and images, ultimately being made into a coffee table book. Sales from this book and associated projects (documentary, art exhibit) will benefit a non profit organization in Africa.
Banana Bros Productions
Started 2011 by Dietrich and Jackson
As Dietrich has a growing interest in telling stories, he is gravitating towards film. Jackson wants to help him create those films and be involved in the process. They are currently working on the script for what will ultimately be a feature length film, projected for completion in 2012. The film will feature Dietrich as director, Jackson as director of
photography, and their dad as first assistant director.
Men of Faith
Started in 2008, by the Potts Family.
It involves Jack (dad) and his 2 sons as they travel around the country interviewing men over 55 to share stories about their faith and their lives, struggles and triumphs. Jackson is responsible for conducting the interviews, Dietrich runs the audio, and Jack takes the photos for this project. This endeavor is expected to take about 5 years to bring to completion.
The Potts Family
started a long time ago, but the site went up in 2011
just a place to keep all the family on the same "web" page. . .