You have to know a Leader to be a Leader. - Jaypix Belmer

Jaypix uncovers the importance of tapping into your story and visual image.
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People want to know why you exist, what's your purpose-people want to know who you are so that they can find a reason to connect with you. The true unique element of your brand is YOU, so your story and visual representation is a key piece to making your brand come alive with authenticity.

I take pride in showcasing the story, work ethic and talent of community leaders and purpose-driven businesses. The reason being; I feel so inspired and filled with energy when someone I meet is passionate about what they do and why they do it. They deserve to be noticed, acknowledged and celebrated for their transformation and entrepreneurial journey. Im even more excited when it's someone I know and an image represents them in way I've never witnessed.

I.D L.O.T.T Photo Series started in 2014, The Boston Foundation, and Uphams Corner Main Streets collaborated to highlight a diverse group of individuals, some already in positions of influence and some as yet "undiscovered," who represented Boston's current and future leaders. This works style and purpose is a combination of visual soul, and artistically bold portraits that shine light on the individual driving more notoriety to a person with a purpose.

Most small business owners have great stories—but commonly forget how courageous they are, they start their company out of a passion, wanting to help people, or personal need. The Leaders of Today and Tomorrow visual resource encourages individuals to connect with elected officials, youth, local residents, and business owners. If your starting your business start to identify who you really admire; research what their skills are and even reach out in hopes of apprenticing or interviewing them about how they got started on finding their purpose-in their field.

Left Portraits: Clarinda King: Hand-made accessories and Bath & Body

Right Portrait: Fred Woodard: Guitarist, Composer, Educator

I was fortune to have great conversations with theses individuals sharing my personal admiration and how connection and navigation is something we all need. We all need a spark to ignite our imaginations. The I.D L.O.T.T. portraits series is a forever photo series to stay updated; directing awareness to an individuals position & vision.

If your a creative looking to share your story and build an authentic brand or business; ask yourself,

what is my business story?

  • Do I have a purpose?

  • How did my business start?

  • Why is my business important?

  • What does my success look like to me?

You may realize you don' know where to start and you want to really think about the meaning or reason behind why you chose to turn your passion into a business. I ask that you to go and meet a Leader and continue gain insight. Connect with people who you admire and find interesting and build relationships.

It is important that we are able to identify one another and share knowledge.We can experience and learn about a field of study from one another to navigate our pursuit.

Check in with the people of the Identifying Leaders of Today and Tomorrow Photographic Series. . . This serves as a visual representation and growing visual communication platform celebrating entrepreneurship in Boston neighborhoods.


Highlights the value and essence of the people and places in working fields to share guidance; celebrate, and generate more Leaders .

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Photographer Jaypix Belmer joins the Bird Street Library to share stories behind some of the images captured over the past decade of Uphams Corner Neighborhood.

Location:Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library

Talent/Director: Jaypix Belmer

Drone Operator: Marc Ocil


B.I.R.D St. is an acronym for Building.Individuals.Reconstructing Dorchester. This is a project about building community relationships and creating change by getting to

know one another.

You Gotta Go There to Know There.

I grew up on Bird Street in Uphams Corner, attending the Bird Street Community Center as a youth. While being curious about my neighborhood. I admired Eugene Richards; A photographer who grew up in dorchester for is approach and connection with the subject. His work made me want to go out and talk to people. I am honored and ready to share images that promote the beauty of neighborhood and the advocacy to invest in the people to create, nature and preserve our legacy. Let's walk in our neighborhoods and appreciate the unique people, places, and business owners that exits and make the community whole.

Learn more about why I chose to photograph Uphams Corner and the year labeled the time of change, for communities and developers.

December 1, 2021 Pre Order self published book titled B.I.R.D Street.

Support Photographer & Artist Jaypix Belmer in continuing to use photography as a way to visually communicate and celebrate the value of our community.

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Visit the Bird Street Project Exhibition Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library

Location:500 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125

Time: Mon- Thur 10am-6pm Friday 9am - 5pm

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Whistling in the Dark July 28 - August 29, 2021

Photographer: Jaypix Belmer work on display at Kingston Gallery.

Its 2021 and my attitude is still ambitious about navigating the art scene, as an artist dedicated to my craft.1 down on the bucket list, This exhibition and show was beyond amazing, being amongst 9 diverse & talented artists; while sharing a space in common purpose was very refreshing. How enlightening ?, this show for me was about considering my value as an artist and dealing with the decisions and social relations that exists in the art world. How do I preserve my passion and fire for creating art while practicing business daily to bring value to the world.

Since 2012 I’ve committed to the idea of my art on the walls of galleries and museums, I craved the exposure, the company of other artist, the nice white walls; my mentor Derrick Duplessy believed in me to achieve this. Check out my first exhibit ever and the amazing artist together striving to create a successful art business.

To proceed and have work exhibited in SOWA ; a gallery place I always wanted to grace ; Has been a personal goal of mine; to be apart and around other emerging & prestigious artist on Huntington Ave, where art work is priced very high and galleries are hard to get in, and while solo shows for a Black artist like myself seemed impossible; I believed impossible is nothing.

Nothing comes, you have to want to work through the actions and find purpose within your journey. Back In 2012 A&BC programs were hosted in SOWA and I joined the Artist's Professional Toolbox, with fellow artist that became a cohort of inspiration to me. We shared information, I was the youngest fellow amongst established & emerging artist. We gained resources and knowledge to protect ourselves as artist in business. Still making decisions daily, the goal has always been to grow and share with others.

Jim Grace, the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston & D’lynne Plummer, Who runs a marketing and creative services agency that provides strategic marketing and communications solutions for businesses and nonprofits were both very helpful at A&BC and supported my passion early on ; supplying me with tools and access to join workshops as a college graduate about how to start a creative business.

Based on observations & experiences below are some thoughts i'd like to share about my journey. We Share, We Grow.

  1. The Gallery Talk and the speaking presentation world is Important; but not the complete business model for creators in the art world. It’s ok to just be an artist and create, over time passion and purpose will develop and if you want to move forward you must build relationships, read about art & be aware of your untapped skills that will help progression and gain attraction. This will take your art and business to a new level.

  2. How can you diversify your representation and get creative about your business?Collaborate, do something different and research who your audience really is and personally connect with them.

  3. If you plan to enter into fine art, Understand Galleries & Museums needs & documentation request – We as artist and owners of our work, have to protect our work. Protect yourself. Keeping good records of your work and sales will help.

  4. Be Smart and Responsible – Do you know where your work is? Keep track of your work and sign everything gifted.

  5. Know about consignment , Laws – Terms - Copyright - Trademark

We have a right to seek knowledge, redesign our circles, and use our tools properly. Stay active and build your legacy. Stay in touch as I share more about what I have discovered through my exploration and growth in photography. Thank You for taking the time to read. #togetherisbetter #authenticitywins

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