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Inspirational rise rooted in DC

By Nicole L. Gill 

Upon meeting Jerald Council, even a short conversation can leave you motivated. You are encouraged and inspired to be the best you. Creative director, designer, photographer, web producer, publisher and brand editor are all titles that befit Council.

A native of Goldsboro, N.C., Council came into his own in the Washington, D.C., area. The former track star graduated from Howard University with a fine arts degree in graphic design. He has a master of arts in journalism and public affairs, interactive media, from American University.

Council took that expertise and built his brand. He started Councilmag.com in the mid-2000s as a fashion website. He then created Council Magazine, a glossy print publication catering to fashion-conscious women in the nation’s capital. Council MediaOne, his graphic design company, produces the current iteration of Councilmag.com. Visitors know the Council brand means quality and a unique vision. 

His creativity fuels action. He is Jerald Council.

Jerald Council, creative director and founder of Councilmag.com

Jerald Council, creative director and founder of Councilmag.com

"I believe a creative mind has no limitation."
– j.c.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., model Cara Marrero

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., model Cara Marrero

USA Today studios, McLean, Va., models Amy and Nancy

USA Today studios, McLean, Va., models Amy and Nancy

"This cover concept was to contrast a white dress against a black background and a black dress against a white background."

– j.c.

Rooftop, USA Today headquarters, McLean, Va., model Monica Scott Haynes

Rooftop, USA Today headquarters, McLean, Va., model Monica Scott Haynes

Rooftop, USA Today headquarters, McLean, Va., model Monica Scott Haynes

Rooftop, USA Today headquarters, McLean, Va., model Monica Scott Haynes

"Feature shoot for Modern Woman magazine."

Lincoln Monument, Washington, D.C., model Nicole L. Gill

Lincoln Monument, Washington, D.C., model Nicole L. Gill

Modern woman magazine, USA Today studios, model Kelly Aguirre Sin

Modern woman magazine, USA Today studios, model Kelly Aguirre Sin

Council Magazine, model Brigette Bassett

Council Magazine, model Brigette Bassett

"This was a Thanksgiving Day-inspired concept."

World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C., model Nicole L. Gill

World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C., model Nicole L. Gill

"The challenge here was to shoot through the water while capturing the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol."

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., model Cara Marrero

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., model Cara Marrero

Fashion shoot featuring model Quionna Bryant

Fashion shoot featuring model Quionna Bryant

Council Magazine fashion shoot, Baltimore, Md., model Sarah Keys

Council Magazine fashion shoot, Baltimore, Md., model Sarah Keys

"This swimsuit campaign was shot indoors."

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

"This image captures the beautiful beaches in the Caribbean."

Night fashion shoot, Bel Air, Md., model Amy B. Cook

Night fashion shoot, Bel Air, Md., model Amy B. Cook

Council Magazine, model Willie Beaman

Council Magazine, model Willie Beaman

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., model Cara Marrero

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., model Cara Marrero

"This shoot was inspired by queens of ancient Egypt."

Lincoln Monument, Washington, D.C., model Nathaniel A. Council

Lincoln Monument, Washington, D.C., model Nathaniel A. Council

Rooftop USA Today headquarters, McLean, Va., model Brigette Bassett

Rooftop USA Today headquarters, McLean, Va., model Brigette Bassett

"Elegant dress designed by Studio D'Maxsi."

Council Magazine, model Sarah Keys

Council Magazine, model Sarah Keys

"JP Styles designed this Medusa concept for Halloween."

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

"This image was captured parasailing above the Caribbean Sea."

Fashion shoot featuring model Quionna Bryant

Fashion shoot featuring model Quionna Bryant