Jeremy Wilson

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Born 1988, Sylva, North Carolina

My name is Jeremy Wilson, a tribal citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina. I am 31 and have lived in Cherokee the majority of my life. I am an alumni of Western Carolina University with a BS in Sociology, and a minor in Cherokee Studies. I have no credentials in my educated background in photography. I actually have never read manuals or watched tutorials in relation to photography. I am only self-taught. I began my photography career in 2012 when I ventured into the Blue Ridge Parkway and captured images of the mountains with my iphone. I would use basic editing apps to create images. In 2013 I went through a rough patch in my life and I sought out photography as my escape. From there I bought my first DSLR, which was a Nikon D3500. I began sharing photos on Facebook and that is when my photography took off. What began as an intent to just mentally escape my reality turned into a hidden talent and a business. For the past five years I have classified myself as a professional photographer. When I’m not doing portraits or weddings, you can find me in the mountains or somewhere serene, capturing the moment.

A headshot of Beloved Woman, Amanda Swimmer, as she portrays her famous red bandana, something Cherokee women often wore in the late 1800s and early 1900s.