Today we’d like to introduce you to Blaze.
Blaze, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I first picked up a camera in High School as an elective class, I even remember my first camera I started with, it was a Canon AE-1. I fell in love instantly, from the capture of the photo to the developing process. I started with landscaping, I loved capturing the beauty the earth has to offer.
About four years ago my good friend Vivi asked me if I could capture some photos of her for her portfolio, I was hesitant at first because I never thought of venturing into modeling but I also wanted to learn something new. After our first photoshoot it was like a whole new feeling when I hit that shutter, being able to create in a whole new way.
Shortly after I made it my career. My first gig was with a clothing line S/O Ryan from LizR clothing. Dude took a chance on me and we captured some epic shots. That day must have been faith, I also met my manager Shye who was looking for a photographer for her group of talented women called Wit-Eaze. Through the years I’ve had the opportunity to showcase my work in art shows, create with other creatives, work with radio stations like 92.3, and most recently, getting to work with the Roc Nation Paper Planes Crew.
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?
Hah, it has definitely not been an easy road but worth it. Growing up wasn’t easy, I was born with a rare skin condition called Epidermolysis Hyperkeratosis, tongue twister I know, it’s basically a rare dryness that covers your body with thickened skin that can lead to open wounds. So growing up wasn’t easy as I was constantly getting stared at, pointed at and talked about. When I was younger, the parents of other kids would tell their kids we couldn’t play because they didn’t want them to catch what I had. With that, I was also always told I wasn’t able to do everyday things let alone make a living for myself. Picking up the Canon saved me.
When I first started, I had to do a lot of free shoots just to get my name out there. There’s also been times when I would go days, weeks or months without work which can definitely take a blow to my confidence, because I know my work and what I’m capable of creating.
PhotobyBlaze – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As of right now PhotobyBlaze is my only project, I am currently diving into more creative outlets to expand my brand. Specializing in photography has given me the opportunity to view everything as art, especially through my lens. When I did landscape, I would marvel at the beauty of the world and the ability to view and transfer it into print. I have the opportunity to work with the amazing model Nikki, who is part of the Wit-Eaze family, and she has the ability to transfer all my art views into beautiful portraits. Now that I do portraits I love the opportunity to show the beauty of people, especially women through my lens, the art they can bring into this world and how I am able to help them see themselves as works of art as well.
I am proud of the growth, personal and professional I have been able to achieve throughout the years. How my eye, my angles, the beauty I am able to capture has evolved and has made me want to continue growing and seeking for beauty in other art forms. I believe what sets me apart from others is how I view things, I know that I mention art a lot but I am able to capture the true beauty of things because I look for the art and the beauty within it and this is why I am able to portray them in everything I capture.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
It’s hard for me to pick just one specific moment to be proud of since there have been so many significant moments in my career. I will say I am very proud of my growth, as an artist and the growth this has allowed me to have as an individual. To be able to mature within the art community, to see other artists points of view, to integrate and work with others and elevate my own work because of it has made me such a well-rounded artists and has given me the ability to know that growth is eternal. I will forever continue to grow and evolve for my craft.
- Headshots $135
- 2 hour session 10 edits $350
- Additional edits $20 each
- Phone: +17606194896
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/photobyblaze/