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Check Out Derrick Ellison’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Derrick Ellison.

Hi Derrick, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started off taking graduation pictures and portraits of my brother and friends that I worked with at the time. Later on, while still attending college and working part-time, I continued to work on my craft. Two years later, after graduating with my film degree, I took a leap of faith and moved to Los Angeles, California. Here I planned to take my career to the next level and build my portfolio even more! There were struggles along the way but through it all, I never stopped doing what I loved and that was being a Photographer. I am grateful to have met many creatives and gained new friends who have similar interests. Being a Photographer fuels me, I love to make people feel good about themselves. Today, I have my own Photography/Videography business, EllivationMedia. I specialize in Street, Fashion, Promo, Portrait, Event, and Lifestyle Photography.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Some of my struggles were trying to balance work and social life. I am a people person so I enjoy hanging out and meeting new people, so sometimes that would interfere with my process. However, I quickly learned what’s more important to me. There were also financial struggles along the way but I hustled harder and trusted God’s plan.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Freelance Photographer and I specialize in Street, Fashion, Portrait, Event, Promo, and Lifestyle Photography. I am most proud of my progress and experiences here in LA, as well as my portfolio. What sets me apart from other Photographers is my genuine personality, creative direction, and my Raw natural light images. I love to make people feel good about themselves!

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to progress! As an individual, business owner, and investor. I am looking forward to new business ventures.

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