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Meet Chloé Rainey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chloé Rainey.

Chloé, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up, I moved around a lot and that was a humbling for me. It allowed me to look at the world and people in another perspective. Just always being the newbie or the outsider allowed me to strive and moved differently from everyone else I was always different. I’ve always had an eye for photos I remember having my little LG phone trying to take fire ass photos and when I got my very first camera the whole game changed. I’m self-taught at everything i do I was never a school person and I always knew I wasn’t. YouTube is my best friend when it comes to photography. But the best lessons I have is being out in the industry at event getting that work in.

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?
My first camera got stolen that was a major setback for me and honestly it felt like I lost a part of myself because my world revolves around my photography. But after beating myself up for what had happened, I took it as a blessing in disguise to do better and to have better. Shortly after I purchased a T6 Rebel I definitely missed a bunch nod events but once again it was another humbling moment in my life and the outcome was worth it.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the ChloéRaine story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a photographer/editor and I have a podcast called the O.O.A.T. Podcast I’ve been recording for over a year now with the help of my business partner Scott Weldon. As far as the podcast the thing that I am most proud of is just hearing people’s opinion about it or getting a random message from a fan saying how much they enjoyed the podcast and how funny it was. You know just being able to put it impact on people by just your words, that’s a big thing and that’s a gift to have because not everybody can get people to listen. And for my photography one thing I can say I’m proud of how much I’ve done within a year so far I’ve done events with people such as Maxo Kream, Terrance Martin, and Joe Moses, they’ve all just been a humbling experience and I’ve learned a lot from just working in the industry I don’t have a choice but to Succeed. I don’t move like anybody else I don’t want to move like anybody else and what I do I do it for me and I do it for all the voices in the back of my head that I had growing up telling me that I wasn’t going to be worth anything or that I wasn’t going to succeed because of how terrible I was performing in school and I always vowed to myself that I was going to prove every single person that told me I wasn’t going to amount to anything wrong. And to this day I keep that in my heart and I move forward.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
To be honest with you I don’t believe in luck or bad luck I believe in lessons and blessings. In situations that you would describe as having” bad luck “you take those as humbling lesson and grow from it. A perfect example would be when I got my first camera stolen that was definitely a “ bad luck “ moment but instead of treating it as that I treated it as a lesson a humbling lesson not to hold onto things for too long and when it’s time to let go you got to let go. The blessing I got out of that incident was a beautiful camera a way better camera I upgraded and I feel like if I were to have not taken that as a humbling lesson and see it for what it was, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in now.

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Shoutout to Malcom for the amazing photos from the OOATS Podcast

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