Greg Coats

by Terry Watson | May 6th, 2011
Greg Coats

Greg Coats

He has photographed many notable individuals. President Barack Obama, Gospel artists Yolanda Adams, Bebe & Cece Winans, Vickie Winans, Marvin Sapp, radio personality Tom Joyner, General Colin Powell and more. Yet, Greg L. Coats, Sr. of Raleigh says his passion for photography is enhanced with each and every assignment and subject.

Born in Washington, NC Coats says his career as a photographer began while he was in middle school. After he graduated from Jones High School in Washington with honors, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served with the Military Police. After serving his country for six years, he attended St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh and graduated in 1984 with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. With his degree Coats practiced law enforcement for 19 years as a Special Agent with the Fugitive Division for the United States. He was also casted for Bounty Hunters, a reality show that followed Coats and other fugitive recovery agents as they hunted criminals throughout the east coast.

After his stint in law enforcement, Coats says he was encouraged by his wife, Anita to change his line of work so that he could spend more time with his growing family. In addition to capturing the likes of celebrities with his camera, Coats is highly sought after to cover events for politicians and promotion companies. He has covered the Womens Empowerment Expo in Raleigh, The Lamp Lighter Awards, Russ Parr Bus Tour, and more.

“I love shooting and meeting new people,” says Coats. “This is something that I love doing and I would do this for free.” His love has landed him several jobs with publications throughout North Carolina including People of Culture, Huami Magazine, Modern Photography and The Carolinian, the second oldest newspaper in North Carolina and is also African American owned.

Coats says that as he looks at his finished products, he is very critical and gives each shot the same level of attention. If a picture has any flaws, he doesn’t use them. He strives for perfection and to deliver the highest level of quality and service for everyone that seeks his services. “I am my worst critic, but customer service is my first priority,” says Coats.

In the future, he says he would like to posistion himself to photograph full time and spend more time with his wife and kids. “This is what keeps me focused and grounded,” says Coats. He attends Kitchens Christian Church and serves as a trustee, while his wife serves as a youth chior director.


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