JACKIEHICKS

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PORTRAIT ARTIST

VISIONARY

HUMNAITARIAN

To strengthen her vision in portrait and fine art photography, Jackie has traveled to, focused on, and grown from the influence and the intrigue of Melbourne, Australia; Bangkok, Thailand; and Paris, France. Likewise, she has personally observed the beauty and the structures of both Rome and Venice, Italy; various parts of the south of France, and numerous areas of the Caribbean islands.

Her work not only employs versatility, but also embodies excellence. Two of Jackie's images highlighting the Women in Labor Movement were featured during live comments given by President Barack Obama. Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD) and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (United States Virgin Islands) entrusted Jackie’s specialty to portray them with her photographic accent. Both Art Monk and Michael Vick (National Football League) have placed value in Jackie's specialty.

Her technique and her passion established her presence. These characteristics are the reasons Jackie is frequently called upon to capture the on-going settings at the annual Congressional Awards, which honors students who take the challenge and give back through goal setting and long-term commitment. These honorees stand with their respective congressman and/or congresswoman while visiting the nation’s capital.

On the Soul Train Cruise in the Caribbean, her vision has enhanced the presence of Atlantic Starr, Peabo Bryson, Chaka Khan, The Dramatics, Sheila E, Howard Hewett, Thelma Houston, Stephanie Mills, Melba Moore, The O’Jays, Smokey Robinson, Nile Rogers (featuring Chic), Midnight Star, Sounds of Blackness, The Whispers, Deniece Williams, and other leading performers.

Jackie’s clever and creative outlook is recognized in the work she has done for Angela Alsobrooks (First Elected Female to serve as Prince George's County States Attorney), Asia (Magic 102.3), Arlene Holt Baker (Retired Executive Vice President, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, AFL-CIO), Bill Bellamy (Comedian), Riddick Bowe (Professional Boxer), Crayola Brown (A. Philip Randolph Institute / AFL-CIO), Chuck Brown (Godfather of Go-Go), Jamie Foster Brown (CEO, Sister to Sister Magazine), Wanda Durant (Inspirational Speaker, Mother of Kevin), Lamont Easter (“House of Cards”), Alicia Garza (Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter), Linda Gooden (Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin), J.J. Hairston (Gospel Recording Artist), Kathryn Freeland (CEO, A-tek), Anthony and Lamont Peterson (Professional Boxers), Donnie Simpson (Radio Personality), Tressa Smallwood (Publisher, Movie Producer), La June Montgomery Tabron (President and CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation), John Thompson, Sr. (Retired Coach, Georgetown University Hoyas), Tamika Tremaglio (Managing Principal, Deloitte’s Greater Washington Region), Kellie Williams (Actress), and Jahadi White (NBA).

Jackie continues to dedicate to her community by giving her support to women suffering from cancer, homelessness, and domestic violence.

The gifts bestowed upon Jackie continues to be shared with others as she crossed the heights and covered the widths of the United States. From being honored by the photographers of Louisiana (New Orleans) with their 2005 Humanitarian Award (for her support to colleagues who endured Hurricane Katrina) to leading seminars and encouraging future photographers at the Duke Ellington School for Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.); from educating au pairs around the nation’s capital about the art of photography through the Cross Creek Weekend Program to becoming the recipient of three Excellence Awards in the Wedding and Portrait International Photographers Competition (Las Vegas), Jackie’s swift action and unforgettable portraits speak stronger than any accolade or honor.

More than 20 years ago, she opened the doors to Fond Memories Photography in order to expose her vision and share her skill. Since its inception, Jackie has been acknowledged with a Meyer Rivkin Portrait-of-the-Year Award, two Kodak Gallery Awards, and two Fujifilm Masterpiece Awards for Photographic Excellence. With much acclaim, she became the first African-American woman to grace the stage and receive the Maryland State Portrait Photographer-of-the-Year Award. Jackie became the second African-American woman to receive a double degree from the Professional Photographers of America. Her image, "Deserted" was featured in the Professional Photographers of America Screensaver Collection for the United States Congress. The Senate of Maryland honored Jackie with two resolutions in recognition of her Photographer of the Year honors.

The multi-use think tank, Institute for Policy Studies, has seen and uplifted the quality in Jackie’s talent. Through this organization, Jackie is noted for opening many eyes to I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit's Future. This 2017 publication features women from all walks of life. The skill and timeliness of this Master Craftsman of Photography (a recognition enabling Jackie to teach) brings to light the images of black women trade unionists for And Still I Rise: The Voices, Vision, and Promise of Black Women Labor Leaders. An exhibit of her work was displayed in the lobby of the "House of Labor," the national headquarters of the AFL-CIO, located just a few blocks from the White House.

Jackie’s portraits of African-American domestic workers from North Carolina and Georgia are scheduled to be featured in an upcoming and groundbreaking report—another Institute for Policy focus.

Movement matters. Jackie knows how to show it. Her flash made time stand still when she traveled numerous days to and exposed detailed events in Cleveland, Ohio; St. Louis/Ferguson, MO; and McKinney, Texas. As a crucial member of the human rights documentation team focusing on the Black Movement Law Project, her action-packed tenacity and never-tiring commitment enables this civil rights project to maintain dedication and give assistance to lawyers and professors focusing on police brutality.

Families, corporate leaders, physicians, authors, attorneys, real estate agents, ministers, movie producers, fashion designers, and other professionals have requested Jackie’s use of the aperture. Her dedication to perfection is well known. Her heart for her client’s satisfaction rates even stronger. Fond Memories Photography is thrilled to celebrate two decades under Jackie’s leadership.

Jackie's believes "Life is like a camera. Focus on what is important. Capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things do not turn out--take another shot.” (Unknown)