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Meet Avery Davis of Stay Serving Looks in Compton/ USC

Today we’d like to introduce you to Avery Davis.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As far as my journey with photography I got my first digital camera when I was in middle school as a Christmas present and mainly took photos of flowers I would post on Facebook and only my aunt would like. When I got to high school I upgraded to a canon t3 which I had no idea how to use until taking the photography class at my junior year.

It was around this same time I started to really get into makeup only ever doing Halloween makeup prior. I spent years watching YouTube videos and even watching drag race so it was only a matter of time before I started attempting it myself and eventually wearing makeup to school. After graduating high school in 2017 I started at USC that fall and took a digital photography class and learned even more about how to use cameras and even photo editing using Lightroom.

From then on it hit that I could really utilize both in a way that could serve as a way to express myself while supporting myself financially. I really enjoyed the style of studio photography and the aesthetic of glamour photography and I think you can see those influences heavily in my work.

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 can’t really speak for all other photographers but I know for myself especially I found it very difficult finding a way to build up a portfolio first starting out. However, now that is no longer and issue and rather it’s that often times people will want to benefit from my services without the intent on compensating me for even my time which can be extremely frustrating seeing that I feel like I constantly have to undersell my self which is damaging to my confidence. Furthermore, on the other end of the spectrum there’s often long periods of time in which I feel I’m producing work with no real substance and just lack overall inspiration not even mentioning comparing yourself to other artists and how they can have access to certain equipment I can’t obtain

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Stay Serving Looks – what should we know?
I am a makeup artist as well as a photographer. Some would say I lean into the realms of being a creative director which I aspire to be. I would say I specialize in glamour photography and portraiture and really trying to capture someone in their best image. I would say what sets me apart is that there aren’t many photographer who enjoy the idea of a studio set up with strobes and a backdrop but I feel by creating that kind of environment for someone it really allows them to take it all in as an experience

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I’m very adaptive and I try not to over manage myself I may go into a shoot with a specific concept in mind and I allow that to change as the shoot progresses. Also, I try to bring in a number of different influences across a number of mediums mainly music and cinema.

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Image Credit:
Models: @thetiahg @createdincompton / @anthnyxyz @olemanjenkins666

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