May 2016 Our Contributors 4

Deatric Smith

I’m Deatric Smith, a freelance photographer and owner of DS Photography.  My passion for photography first came about as a way of escaping from my day to day routines and stresses. This what once was a hobby, has now become a business venture that has allowed me to meet many interesting people along the way.  I’m constantly in learning mode when it comes to the camera, so at some point in time each day you will find a camera in my hands. Aside from my amazing wife to be, my children, and family, photography holds a spot near and dear to me. It has awarded me the opportunity to capture the wonderful people and the city of Charlotte with South Charlotte Lifestyle.

Brian Jackson

Chloe Watson

I am a UNC Charlotte graduate. I have written for the Thomasville Times, The Niner Times (UNC Charlotte’s newspaper), and writing is a big part of my role as a marketing specialist. When I am not working or writing, I love to read, update my social media accounts, watch Netflix and shop. I have lived in Charlotte for five years now and I don’t see myself moving anytime soon.

Iris Hunter

Iris, owner of Hunter Freelance Services, is a professional freelancer who knew from a very young age that she wanted to become a writer.

She graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and she also graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a graduate certificate in technical & professional writing.

Her aspirations include becoming an author and continuing to write more articles on a variation of topics, including career, health, finance and fitness.

When she is not writing…whenever that is… she enjoys the outdoors, watching television and creating artwork.

To learn more about Iris you can visit

Marissa Kasarov

As a Digital Marketing Specialist, Marissa employs creative, clear, and compelling web and social media communications in order to drive engagement and promote brand awareness. She maintains steady focus on keeping our publications and our advertisers involved in the most valuable conversations for their brand.

Marissa has an extensive professional and educational background in both Marketing and Project Management. She is extremely detail-oriented and very proficient in a number of tools designed to help businesses grow. Marissa is intuitive in her approach to the introduction and implementation of marketing strategies for our advertisers, and she has the initiative necessary to drive those strategies to fruition. Finally, her meticulous attention to the planning process and ongoing performance metrics ensure that our marketing initiatives reach their maximum potential.