Today we’d like to introduce you to Demetria Logan.
Demetria, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was ten years old when I held my first camera. I knew right there it was something I would love and want to do. As I got older Both of my grandfathers were film photographers in the airforce and once they passed, they handed their cameras over to me.
I ended up taking film photography and photoshop tech all four years in high school, but my senior year I was shot in the face by a stray bullet and lost a lot of memory but I survived, I knew I had a purpose in life. I bought my first camera two years after high school and I dived in with no memory of what I learned. I sat and watched YouTube everyday listened and learning photoshop lol pushing buttons, doing whatever it took to learn. I’ve been doing photography for four years now and I’ve only had over 25 paid sessions.
As sad as that sounds, it wasn’t even about the money, I was able to learn my craft more and more the more I shot. I moved to California in 2018 and I didn’t hesitate to start emailing and direct messaging models asking them to shoot with me just so I could get my name out there. I had so many no’s but I had a few yeses and I thank all of those people who gave me the opportunity. I was even writing celebrities, jumping from models to other photographers pages just to see who I could find to create with. I received my first gig with two actors from MTV ex on the beach and my second big gig with Actress and grammy nominee Jaies Baptiste photographing for E weekly. I was also published in 15 magazines within one week. Every weekend I drive 2-3 hours to LA just to do collaborations to get my name out there. It’s all about networking or who you know not what you know.
I know for a fact that I am going to be everything I prayed for and spoke life into. I will continue to push myself to limits I didn’t even believe I could reach, I got to where I am today because I didn’t stop moving when I got tired. I’ve gotten more NOs than yeses but one thing we have to know is not everyone will like your work and you can’t force people to work with you but you sure can make them wish they did. I remember taking both of my daughters to every shoot I had imagine carrying a two and four years old around LA lol it was a really tough challenge but it was no excuse for me not to get up and do what I love. I know God has a plan for me they always say if you want to make God laugh tell him your plans. At this very moment, I’m sitting back and watching everything fall into place for me. This is my story but this is only the beginning but the ending will be even better. I’m just a beautiful black female trying to make it in this cruel world. I know for a fact that I will be one of the hottest female photographers in Los Angeles. I will plant the seed, water the flower and watch it grow.
Has it been a smooth road?
Honestly, no. I’ve run into a lot of hard clients. I’ve even witness myself become unprofessional once before. That’s when learning what to say and what not to say comes in, knowing when to respond and when not to respond. Another struggle was knowing my worth. People refused to pay my prices so at one point, I was dropping them lower and lower but you have to know your worth in this industry. When I first started photography in my home town, I didn’t get much love or support they bashed me for than anything but everyday it gets better and better for me. I also struggled with getting models with high following base attention. It was like you have to be very well known nothing was based off skill.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My business is named after my two daughters Legend and Legacy. Everything about my work is legendary and a Legacy will be made.
I specialize in beauty/fashion, weddings, couples you name it. I do it all.
I’m proud of how much my brand has grown and how much it has helped me grow as a person. There was a time where I wanted to put my camera up and just live an ordinary life but nothing about me is ordinary, a lot of people may say that’s cocky but what people don’t understand is you have to speak life into your brand. The tongue is a powerful weapon and everyday I speak so much positivity about my business and myself. I have my days where I get a little negative but I already know what I bring to the table and I know where I’m headed. My foot is already in the door when one door closes another shall open and behind that door might be everything you ever prayed and worked for so keep going.
What sets me apart from others is that I know my worth. I sit and talk to myself everyday about what I need to be doing next and what I need to work on. I push myself harder and harder everyday because all those 3 hours drives will pay off. My name is going to be in places people haven’t even heard of. I just know what I bring to the table and I know the only thing that can stop me is me.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes absolute. Los Angeles has given me some of the best opportunities I’ve ever seen. You can set up meet and greets with other creatives, work with amazing makeup artists and more. So many events you just have to get up and get out there.
I would say Los Angeles should improve on giving everyone an opportunity. Don’t go based on followers but based on dedication and drive.
- $450 1-2 looks 10 edited images
- Every month I do a $300 Special
- Phone: 757-256-5298
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/legendaryshots.p
- Facebook: Demi’s Legendary Shots
- Twitter: @legendaryshotsp
Models: Alina, Jenae, melo, Lachelle, Jejuan; Make up artist: Natathyl brown, Look it’s cici