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Meet Bradford Ferguson of AceDiBwai in Mid-City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bradford Ferguson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Bradford. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Coming from a family that grew up in the Caribbean, we didn’t have much but we made do. Everything I got where hand me downs so starting off with taking pictures, I started off with my uncle’s iPhone 4s. Knew it did the same thing as a camera so I said why not. I ended up buying attachable lenses for it so I can learn lenses before I get a camera. If anyone knew me before I took pictures, I was a Dancer and I still enjoy doing it till this day. Since I danced, I wanted to learn to make video and edit so I taught myself with my iPhone 4 as well an iPad I got for promotion in 8th grade. When all that happened, I started off with little editing apps and IMovie on the iPad. I was so determined to start really making videos of me dancing and my friends doing the same thing together.

I saved up to get an acer computer when I was 14 so it made me eager to just keep going! I had no job in high school so money was hard and seeing my mom do all the work I had to do something. So I started doing photoshoots as well as selling chips to make money so support myself and my dream. Finally was able to get my first camera and it was a Canon t5 and I can say I was super excited! From starting in a studio bedroom sleeping on a bed with five people to working hard to get closer to my dreams by any means. To be where I am today dealing with depression and being color blind in my blues made taking photography and cinematography very challenging but I’m so happy I made it thus far.

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?
With anyone chasing their dreams it’s hardly ever a smooth road. Struggling to stay focused, motivated, and just trying to stay creative within the process. People think being a photographer is so easy but it’s not. If anything we deal with being used and neglected due to people thinking we shoot for our creativity only. I struggled with being taken advantage of by artist who never payed or even said thank you for what was done. It’s not about the money but it’s about the respect we deserve and the time we put in to show how much our art matters to us as it does to others.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize in cinematic cinema, portrait photography, creativity studio work. As a company, I’m most proud of not quitting when times get so hard and I’ve been at my lowest point many times. I still have had people still support me through it all. What sets me apart from others is that I’m down for anything and I love creating anyway I can! I make others comfortable to come to me with any work and we can plan it out and get it done.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I always been shy and introverted. I’m very old school cause I was raised by my mom and my uncle who are very old fashion. I can say I’m very wise and open-minded to everything so I love to see both sides of the spectrum.

I always been interested in pictures and videos since I was little. Seeing how people do music videos always interested me so I wanted to really be able to do that myself. As well I absolutely love tribal work and the culture itself. Growing up in a Samoan church in Long Beach. That was my home growing up and somewhere I felt safe always.

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@aye_jaxon, @sqwnt

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