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Today we’d like to introduce you to Frances Tang.

Frances, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve never thought of myself as an artist. I followed the path of going to college and trying to figure out what I was going to do – I assumed I’d end up working a 9-5 in an office. I got a full-time job in marketing after I graduated but while working, got bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. I started a pop-up date night company which evolved into a wedding planning business. During this time, I also worked in catering and as a Polynesian dancer. This gave me a lot of great experience in ALL aspects of the wedding/event industry and made transitioning into a wedding photographer a lot easier! Being able to understand what a wedding day is like from different perspectives has been incredibly helpful.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?

I’m (primarily) a wedding photographer. I have a very natural, candid style – I love capturing those little moments of human experience that truly make the day special! Genuine smiles, tears, and emotions make me melt! I also enjoy capturing details – I know how much thought goes into the planning of a wedding so I try to capture the full essence of all those small items that create such a beautiful day.

As for working with me – I’m super chill & quirky. I love laughing and having fun with my clients as much as I love helping them work out the details of their wedding day photography. I know taking photos can be nerve wracking, but by the end of most sessions, my clients usually walk away surprised at how easy it was! I’ll do whatever it takes to get the shot 😉

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?

What I do is a very customer service oriented. Success to me is serving my clients and giving them a wonderful experience. I understand photography is a huge part of a wedding and one of the most important things to remember the day by. To be able to come away with joyful, happy clients who now have keepsakes from one of the most important days of their lives is how I would define success!

Being able to adapt, think quickly on your feet, and roll with the punches are definitely characteristics I feel are essential to succeed as an artist. It’s rough out there!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work (including a blog with full weddings!) can be found at www.francestangphotography.com or www.instagram.com/francestangphoto.

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenza Sadoun el Glaoui.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I graduated in Technology and Tertiary Sciences with a major in Communication. Wondering what type of studies I could do, I embarked on an AFL specializing in English/Italian. That wasn’t made for me, so I gave up after two weeks. Then, typical scenario, I took jobs during the next nine months.

The next autumn I was admitted after a competitive exam at the Itaim/IEJ journalism school, I studied there for six months and after an internship at Numéro magazine and other small missions in the fashion world, I decided to break away from the student life even before having graduated, and to throw myself into the adult life. I’ve been an assistant in a photo production company, I also represented fashion photographers and in parallel, I founded my blog in 2008: La Revue de Kenza (http://larevuedekenza.fr/) Then one fine day, alongside all my activities, as I was missing journalism I decided to send my resume to fashion magazines. From that moment, I started to write piecework rate. Meanwhile, from time to time, I was in charge of the styling in fashion editorials. From now on and since 2010, I only devote time to my blog and to social networks that became my full-time job!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I didn’t know any particular obstacle because I was one of the first to write a fashion blog in France. It’s today, 10 years later, that I have to succeed to stand out despite all the blogs that are born on the Internet.

An advice? To be loyal to who you are, to be sincere in writing, to post as regularly as possible and above all, to respond to comments of your followers.

I blog because… I’m addicted to this exchange with my readers. And this is a dream that I lived for several years in traveling, discovering new brands, and working with new people constantly.

What should we know about La Revue de Kenza? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m the owner of a fashion blog, a YouTube channel and I am really active on all social networks (Instagram, etc).

I speak mainly about fashion and beauty, but travel or sport and well-being too.

I started with a fashion blog 10 years ago and I am very proud to have a community that is always faithful to me although I talk about other topics.

These people grew up with me!

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
The only one that really inspired me is my mother.

She made herself and is head of two companies in the world of advertising and photography.

She is a real worker, who doesn’t count her hours, and just like me, even if she complains about running out of time, she’s addicted to her job.

This is a great example of success for someone who has dropped out of school.

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