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Meet Dacosta Collymore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dacosta Collymore.

Dacosta, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey into the world of photography began about nine years ago. I was looking for a hobby in high school. All my friends were athletes and it seemed they had their passions, but I had not. So I decided to pick up a guitar and a camera. Initially I fell in love with the acoustic guitar and my camera didn’t get much use at that time. It wasn’t until two years later that I took my very first digital photography class at Santa Monica College, and I fell in love. I began to shoot more for fun and took some other classes. Specifically, the black and white film photographing and printing class I took made the art of photography so much more tangible.

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 would say it has been fairly smooth in comparison to some of my peers. Photography is more of a passion for me than just work, so there has been no rush for immediate success. The truth is that my photography business began to grow once I decided to offer my services for donations to help fundraise for church plantings around the world. In that time, I was able to raise $2000 in one week. I definitely accredit the growth of my business to God.

The only thing I can say that has been the biggest challenge is finding work in shooting fashion, which is my ultimate goal. I love people and I love fashion. It’s the perfect duo for me.

Please tell us about your business.
My photography business is just an extension of my passion and the art that I like to create. Portraiture is what I prefer to shoot. People are fascinating in general. We all have different experiences, ideals, beliefs, colors, fashion sense and the list go on. That’s one of the reasons why my social media does not follow one specific color scheme or shooting style, because every person I photograph is different and I try to portray those qualities in the photographs I take of them.

The thing I am most proud of and makes my business unique is that a good amount of the profit goes into donations, to support others who are less fortunate and I believe God is honored by that.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Spending the summer with my best friends. I remember us riding our bikes all around View Park-Windsor Hills visiting friends and spending hours playing basketball. I was raised with three older sisters and no brothers so they were the brothers I never had. Shout out to Windsor Hills finest; Malcolm, Rico, and Adam.

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Image of me taken by my future wife Kierra. All other photos taken by your truly.

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