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Meet John Chamboullides of JChambo – Photography and Web Design in Romeoville

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Chamboullides.

John, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Well, it all started in the 8th grade when I was only 13 years old. That’s when I first started to build and design websites. Back then, we didn’t have any fancy page builders or content management systems. We strictly had Adobe Dreamweaver and HTML websites. If you wanted to make an update, you needed to FTP your .htm or .html file and update your content there. It was painful, but back then, that’s all I knew.

As time went on, and the years passed by, that’s when CMS’s became more popular and common. Then, in 2003, that’s when WordPress came along. That was before Squarespace and WiX. Once WordPress was announced, that’s when I became familiarized with it. And it was also around that time when I started taking Photography classes in High School. I was instantly hooked and haven’t looked back.

Though I started out designing websites and have continued to do so, my business is really took a turn when I started doing Photography more frequently, and landing more and more jobs. My passion is Photography. My history is Web & Graphic Design. And I still continue to love doing everything I do and hope one day that is all I need to do to make a living in this world.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Of course there have been bumps in the road. Where doing Photography and Web Design needed to take a back seat to life and making ends meet. In my early days it was more of a hobby than a business. Though I liked to think it was a business back then. I was too young to take it seriously and try to make it a real job.

I’m glad to say that years later, and one happy marriage and a 1 & 1/2 year old and another baby girl on the way, that I’ve been more successful in the last year than I have in the last 16 in trying to get this business off the ground running. All I could do was keep at it and make changes along the way.

Please tell us about JChambo – Photography & Web Design.
At JChambo – Photography & Web Design it’s a one-man Photography and Web Design shop. Just me. You can look at it more as a Portfolio if you will. My wife does help out with some day to day operations and also after a Photo Shoot, she’ll go through and pick the “keepers” for me to edit in Adobe Lightroom and my other editing programs. She has a good eye for that kind of thing.

As far as Photography, I specialize in Portraits. Any kind of Portraits really. Ranging from Graduation Photos to Engagement Photos. I have done weddings but I do not consider myself a “full time wedding photographer.” You need to have a lot of time on your hands for that, and with the nature of my business and family, I do not. Maybe in the future when my kids get older I will focus more on weddings.

When it comes to Web Design, there really is no other joy than taking someone else’s vision and bringing it to life. I love Web Design for that sole reason. I also find creating websites a challenge, and conquering that challenge is so satisfying, especially when your client falls in love with what you created for them. That is what makes me proud to do the things I do.

What sets me apart from other Photographers and Web Designers is I still have the desire to learn. You’ll find a lot of Photographers and Web Designers out there who are “stuck in their ways” and won’t adapt with the ever changing technology in this world. You need to do that to survive. And I’m constantly learning new techniques to fine tune and sharpen my skills as a creator, and designer.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I started over I would dedicate more time to Web Design and learning Photography at an earlier stage in life. There is so much to know when it comes to coding a website. Whether it’s coming up with jQuery, CSS or lines of PHP that drives your website, it’s all changing. Every single day.

Even with Photography there are newer devices constantly coming out, new lenses and accessories to keep up with. I wished I had learned how to utilize that technology a while ago so I wouldn’t still be playing catch up today. Though I like to think I’m keeping up with technology, it’s becoming more and more difficult to do so.

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