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Meet Alicia Page of LeeShotYou

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Page.

Alicia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I first got started in high school; I used to be the one editing photos for my friends MySpace pages, decorating images with all these ridiculous words and sayings. Adding a little sparkle here, a little sparkle there.

Setting up “photo studios” in my friend’s computer room with sheets and thumb tact’s lol, bootleg, but effective! I was pretty good at it, lol, it was so fun to me. Making something out of nothing, I enjoyed figuring it out. Making what we had work! I had no clue that it would find me again as an adult.

One day I realized that I missed taking photos. I missed catching people’s smiles; I missed creating. I’ve always been creative since a little kid. All the toys I ever own was gear towards creating, that never changed. So I started looking up cameras that I wanted. I had no clue what I was actually looking for, but I knew I’d figure it out.

I would YouTube cameras, read reviews… heavily researched like a crazy person. Then I finally figured out which camera I wanted, and I have been rocking with my baby ever since! The process of learning my camera was a challenge because I went from using flip phone cameras, T-Mobile side kick cameras, iPhone cameras and moved on to this Nikon, yikes!

I knew I needed to learn the manual way of doing things because I wanted to set myself apart from others. The learning curve was crazy, but I was determined My awesome friends would let me do random photo shoots with them just to practice. Working on light settings, aperture, shutter speeds, iso, skin tones, angles, everything!

Photography is difficult, a lot of people think it’s just a click of a button, but it isn’t.

There are so many technical involved. It’s like photographers ever stop learning; I think every time I shoot I learn something new about myself and the camera. After I learned my camera, I then started taking clients. I can say I’ve been blessed with some dope opportunities.

To date, my favorite opportunity is shooting for NBA all-star weekend! I got to shoot NBA all-star Nate Robinson and his beautiful family! Such a cool experience, and that set the tone for me. I realized nothing is outside of my reach if I apply myself! I’m here LA!

Trying to work and get my name out there. I’m still learning the city and how it works, but I wouldn’t change this journey that I am on for anything. I moved from Las Vegas in 2012 to change my life, and I have done that. My passion found me again.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road hasn’t always been smooth. As a freelance photographer, it’s just you and word of mouth! There really isn’t a team of people. No agent scouting work for you, nothing! Getting people to pay you for your hard work is complicated.

Only you know what you work is worth and sometimes people will feel your prices are too high because they don’t understand the quality you know you bring to the table. They aren’t photographers, so they have no clue. That’s the struggle. I think every craft or service is often undervalued by consumers and it’s our job to explain to them the best we can.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with LeeShotYou – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a freelance LIT’ographer that specializes in portraits and creative concept shoots! As a company, I pride myself in everyone feeling welcome and comfortable during shoots. I try to make everyone’s experience fun because how awkward is it to be creeped out by the person responsible for taking your photo lol, not effective! You’ll feel like we have known each other for years when we shoot!

I honestly think when you strip yourself from everything, ego, stature, accomplishments, rank, whatever… and just live in the moment while shooting you produce art. No one feels uncomfortable. That sets me apart, also…

I’m a retired hair stylist, so you almost get a 2 for 1. A lot of photographers focus only on the subjects lighting and body placement but they don’t focus on your hair, and hair is equally important! They don’t tell you if your hair is sticking up, or if you need to move your hair around to the other side. I’m probably the only photographer with a comb in her pocket ha!

All of that I feel sets me apart; it isn’t always just about shooting and getting the money. It’s about working together to create something amazing! And making my client feel great about trusting me at the end of the process!!

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family, I just really want to be great for them! I just want to be the one to be able to take care of my mom and family through my craft. I believe I will, that’s my #1 motivation for success.

Also my good friend, Theary Sim, she is a very dope fashion designer she has helped me gain soooo much knowledge of my camera. We shoot 3 times a month for her personal blog, and every single time there is a new challenge for me. Tricky lighting, angles, locations… She has literally been my muse. She’s such a motivating friend and how I know she truly supports my craft. She pays for every single shoot we have because she really believes in me. That’s my dawg lol!

Also my brother, Vegaz Taelor, he is an artist, graphic designer, videographer… he is great at everything, he has helped me with the creativity, editing and things. He and I work together on a lot of projects. He gets my creative juices flowing, his mind is so advanced! 2 minutes with him and he will have you thinking in another dimension lol. We will talk about an idea, and then we keep ping-ponging back and forth. He is there when I have tech questions about anything. He is amazing, he is one of my lifelines and I’m so thankful for him.

Also Sydnee, Sarah, Nina, Harout, Cristian, Shanice, Bryanna, Marli, Fuzz Rico for always being supportive and letting me use her face to practice my craft! And I’d like to give credit to every person I was ever able to shoot. They all add to my success!

I can’t forget about Tyger Davis, my motivator, my sister, business partner. She breathes so much life into me and supports me like crazy. She is an angel and I’m so grateful to have someone like her as a friend.

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Image Credit:
Theary Sim, Chanelle Ray, Chasity Saunders, Cassie

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