About Us

your dreams come to life

I’m a Photographer & Cinematographer based in Greenville, NC.

Specializing in Weddings, Engagements, Commercials, Portraits, and Headshots

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Dontavious Chesson

Day by day, I’m not only working to improve my craft to ensure that my current and future clients have the best quality and experience that I can offer them. While also offering the best value without sacrificing the quality of the experience or the final product. 

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You’ve landed on my Photography and Cinematography business website by chance or fate, and I am glad to have you here. But since you’re already here, why not kick your shoes off and take a second to learn about myself? Even if you decide not to book with me, I’m still happy that you took the time out of your day to read about me and see my work.

My name is Dontavious, and this is my creative space and my safe place to share with you the places I’ve been fortunate to visit and capture. When I’m not taking photos, I’m working at the Hospital to save lives. At least helping out to save lives in a way, by working side by side with the nurses and doctors with their many computer issues.

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learning about greenville nc photographer at a wedding in raliegh nc

The Name True Essence Photography Was born from a great friend and mentor I looked up to long before I even thought about participating in the Photography World. I will never understand the way that he came up with that name completely. I explained to him the style I wanted to use for my photography and what I wanted to capture. That’s when he told me the perfect name for you, and it’ll match everything you’ve explained to me. 

I’m here to capture beautiful moments of life and memories you will cherish for years. If you are ready for an adventure, slide over to the Contact Page and send me a quick message. 

Dontavious Chesson


Photographer + Cinematographer // CEO

Dontavious Chesson

I believe that every photo or video is personal to that specific person or company. Our connection with clients determines how the projects will look at the end of the photography or videography process. We must understand the clients, bond with them, and be a part of their dream of the perfect final product. Their dream is our dream.

Teena Barnes

Editor + Photographer Assistant

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Assistant Videographer

Toyette Anthony

Photographer + Lead Creative Director

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Set Assistant

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Assistant Photographer

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