What’s Right: Young photographer uses talent to raise money for Africa


by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News


Posted on October 19, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 19 at 6:21 PM

HOUSTON—An 11-year-old Houston boy, who is a prodigy when it comes to taking pictures, is working hard to make the world a better place.

Jackson Potts, II is a home-schooled, photo-snapping boy wonder and he’s planning a trip to Africa.

"To help get money for them so that people in Africa can have clean water," Jackson said.

Not only is this child giving, but he has some impressive names on his roster.

Justin Beiber, Rihanna and Paul McCartney’s sister have all been in front of his lens.

"You see the look on the hairdresser’s face and everybody else is kinda’ like, ‘You brought your kid to shoot Ruth McCartney,’" his father, Jack Potts, recalled.

Jackson learned his craft from his Dad. It’s a multi-generational thing.

"I started when I was four with my grandfather," the father said, who then passed on the family trade to his son.

Jackson began working with his dad professionally when he was just eight and has recently split from his dad with his own clientele and rates.

Jackson only charges $50 per hour, but his father’s rates are considerably more at $500 per hour.

"In the last six or seven months I’ve watched him start to pull away from me in style," his father said.

Currently Jackson is photographing bands. His band photos are put on exhibit, on t-shirts, made into prints and sold. That helps raise money for his Africa project.

"I’m working with Living Water International to shoot a coffee table book for them and go to Africa to raise money and awareness for them," Jackson said.

He seems to be a surprisingly laid back and a generous soul by nature, especially given his age. His Dad says he has earned a couple thousand dollars and saved almost all of it, but shares some of the money with his younger siblings.

After young Jackson Potts gets the coffee table book done for Living Water, what’s next for this picture-taking prodigy is a speaking tour to raise awareness about the need for clean water in third world nations.

Click here to find out more about this boy wonder or to help with fundraising for his Living Water Africa trip.