A lot of you may or may not know that I studied Graphic Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and 7th Street Studio started out as a design studio in early 2015. I've sort of always had a love/hate relationship with it, even in college. I dropped out of school in 2008, and had several stints in various careers because I never felt that design was that thing I wanted to do.... forever. However, it always seemed to draw me back in. I had also become disenchanted with Corporate America and had been doing freelance design after my 9 to 5, so I decided to quit and pursue it full time.
A year into business, I was getting that old feeling back. I felt "stuck" behind my computer screen for hours on end. Most of my clients were in various parts of the country, so in person meetings were rare and far in-between. If you know me personally, you know I hate being stuck indoors for too long. I had purchased a Canon t4i in the early part of 2013 with the mindset of becoming a hobbyist photographer. It wasn't until I had the opportunity to shoot an actual person a year later, that I had my first real "aha" moment. I haven't been able to put the darn thing down ever since. In November 2015, 7th no longer continued to offer design.
It was easily one of the best decisions I've ever made. My life has completely changed from the inside out. I use to be incredibly introverted and shy. I hated meeting new people, keeping up small talk, etc. I knew I wouldn't be able to succeed as a photographer without the ability to make strangers feel comfortable. I had to step outside of myself and into uncomfortable territory, if I wanted to thrive in this new path I had chosen. Now, I literally love talking to new people and making new friends! Some of my closest friends right now, were once clients! It's these little things that give what I do a deeper meaning.
When I bring on a new client, I'm always nervous at our first shoot, because I never know what to expect. I always hope I hit it off with all of my clients, even though I know that's not 100% possible. Last week, I had the pleasure of shooting Najeeba, who is launching a new blog called Inside Out, dedicated to providing information on living a healthier lifestyle. I love working with bloggers, so I happily agreed to shoot new images for the site. Luckily, we had instant chemistry and knocked out some pretty sickening images. Najeeba is the most bubbly and warmest person ever! We gushed over Clare V. and her amazing clutches to workouts, and she even invited me to attend a Cardio Kickboxing class she attends regularly! I loved her energy and her chic sense of style. I can't wait to shoot with her again.
HOW DOPE ARE
THESE FREAKIN' PANTS?!
Stay tuned for the launch of Najeeba's blog, but in the meantime, you can follow her on instagram, @we_r_insideout!
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