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Meet Brittanie Renoj of LA Fotografa in Leimert Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittanie Renoj.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started photography as a hobby when I was 19. At first, I would use myself as the subject and document whatever mood I was in or what I was doing that day. Eventually, my hobby evolved into more than just that; it grew into a passion leading to my ultimate dream job! In 2015, I decided to pursue fashion photography on my own terms. I really admire street fashion photography but what I really wanted to do is to produce fashion photos that are authentic and validating to my audience. I achieve this by not having height or weight standards for models (nor modeling experience) and retouching to be prohibited on my photos.

My goal for my photography is to give a mic and spotlight for all, embracing all of ourselves and most importantly promoting authenticity to be the only standard in the fashion industry.

Has it been a smooth road?
The struggles of being an artist is real, especially living in the digital age. I always feel that I have to compete with other fellow artists by being “busy” and making sure I can have enough work to post up on social media or I will not have a continuous following. However, I would say one of my biggest struggles of being a “productive and successful” photographer is the challenge of managing my bipolar symptoms and overall mental health. There have been times that I did not feel well enough to shoot, putting my projects on hold and resulting in feelings of agitation and desolation.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
LA Fotografa specializes in fashion photography, working with an inclusive clientele, not promoting fashion brands but the models themselves. LA Fotografa self-publishes photographs and zines, even screen printing bags.

I’m very proud of LA Fotografa’s philosophy of promoting self-love by prohibiting retouching procedures to final photos and not setting any standards for the models’ height and weight. I am also proud of being able to use LA Fotografa as platform for my humanitarian efforts in advocating for Mental Health Wellness, rights for POC (People of Color) and the LGBTQ+ communities.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
As a transplant to Los Angeles, I truly believe that it is an amazing city for artists in general. It may be competitive but you cannot get better resources (such as classes at Samy’s Camera or joining a photography group on Facebook)anywhere else I would definitely recommend for anyone who wants to be in the photography industry that Los Angeles would be the best city to start in. There are many different geographic areas to shoot at and access to many studios around the city.

On the other hand, keep in mind that Los Angeles is home to over 4 million people and it can be intimidating to think that you are not the only photographer or digital content maker out here. So long as you have passion and dedication to this craft, then it will help you to keep going and succeed.

Pricing:

  • Love Thy Black Man zine 14 pages, color $12
  • Photo prints 8 x 10 $ 10
  • Photo prints 13 x 19 $20

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Image Credit:
(From Left to Right): “Love Thy Black Man” Model: Ken Ten, “Love Thy Black Man,” Models: (Unknown, Shake), “Love Thy Black Man,” Model: Thomas Burgundy, Model: Camri Wilson, Model: Saalika Khan, “Love Thy Black Man” Model: Thomas Burgundy, “LAF x Su Plex” Model: Mecca Robinson

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