Vibrant and Viral with Latesha Bryant
Episode 67: Latesha Bryant
In Episode 67 of the Portrait System Podcast, Nikki Closser speaks with Latesha Bryant of Herstorymaker Portraits, a photography studio with the goal of giving children of color a platform to be seen in the fashion industry. With a focus on body positivity and self-love, Latesha is giving young girls in Louisiana, and throughout the country, the opportunity to see themselves represented in an industry where ethnic diversity is often lacking.
Many of Latesha’s photos have gone viral, and in this interview, she explains how she creates powerful images that resonate widely. Be sure to listen to the whole podcast to hear how Latesha uses hashtags and insights to get her photos in front of people, as well as how her inspiration and vision creates relatable, heart-warming photographs.
In this blog, you’ll find Latesha’s answers to bonus questions alongside some of Latesha’s gorgeous and inspiring photographs, and a link to her Instagram account, so that you can follow her to see even more!
Get to Know Latesha Bryant
Q: How did you push past fear when building your business?
A: I just went for it. I’m already a pretty daring person in my personal life as it is. My motto is, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” You have to step outside your comfort zone.
Q: Do you regret any decisions you have made in your business?
A: My biggest regret is starting off doing so many free collab group shoots. Once businesses pinpoint you as a shoot-for-clothing type of photographer, they’ll always see you that way. It’s difficult to get out once you start that way. My advice is always start off charging something.
Q: Everyone has a favorite shoot. Tell us about yours and why it’s your favorite.
A: My fav shoot was a compilation of important black figures in black history. We recreated Rosa Parks, Venus & Serena Williams, Flo Jo & Misty Copeland, to name a few. It’s my fav because the meaning behind each was touching, and you could feel it by looking at the finished photos.
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”
Q: For someone starting out on their photography journey, what advice would you have for them?
A: Be yourself, have fun, and most importantly find a niche that YOU enjoy. Practice, practice, practice and YouTube can be a valuable resource for just about anything photography related.
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Latesha Bryant of HERstorymaker Portraits
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