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Meet Destiny Bennett of Eyekonic Photography in Torrance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Destiny Bennett.

Destiny, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always had a passion for photography since I was a child. I can remember dressing up my nieces and nephews and taking their photos with my polaroid camera when I was 10 or 11 years old. My mother had always been an entrepreneur for as long as I could remember, and the older I got, I began to aspire more to be a business owner as well. In 2011, I started my career in photography, launching a young adult modeling agency. Over the last 6 years, after getting married and having children, I began to do some major soul searching in an effort to focus in on my passion and figure out what I’m good at. In doing that, I discovered my love for Fine art portrait photography, which is now what I specialize in. As a mother myself, something in me is naturally drawn to working with other moms, and women in general. I love the idea of taking a maternity, mommy and me, family photoshoot etc., moving it away from the everyday Pinterest portraits you see, and making it something so much more glamorous and fabulous. My style is very vibrant and artsy, I’ve often had people mistake my work for paintings. I love the idea of sending my clients home with so much more than a photo, but an experience they won’t forget.

Has it been a smooth road?
My husband recently discharged from the military and one of my biggest struggles was living the military lifestyle. We were stationed in a very small town for a few years and the cost of living was so low that I found myself charging $40-$50 and still struggling to find clients. There was a lack of appreciation for photography we it was such a small town with so many photographers. I found myself feeling very de-motivated and on the verge of giving up on my art. Moving back to Southern California has been a very uplifting and positive change and played a big part of me getting past that hurdle. Having children also made things very hard. I’ve often found myself in a position of having to either cancel a photoshoot or bring my children with me due to my husband or family being unavailable to help care for them, but I think all in all it has helped me grow as a person and entrepreneur.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize in Fine Art portrait photography and I have a huge heart for working with moms! I think that when you think of moms and portraiture, you think of your everyday cliché portraits that you find on the stock photo when you buy a picture frame.

Speaking from experience, I think that when you become a mom, you lose a little bit of yourself, you lose sight of that glam sexy part of you. So I love that every time I work with moms, I get to bring that back to life. I get to provide the hair and makeup and the beautiful wardrobe and make them feel like a star, even if only for the day. Then at the end of the day, they have those beautiful photos to look back on and remember that feeling. I also think that my artsy vibrant style sets me apart. I’ve come across a lot of fine art photographers, but none whose work looks exactly like mine.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I definitely think that Los Angeles is a great city for businesses like mine, there are so many opportunities and possibilities.

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Image Credit:
Maritza Barely

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1 Comment

  1. Deborah

    July 10, 2017 at 22:33

    I have always hated taking photo’s but Destiny made me realize how beautiful ia photo can be if taken the right way. I am so proud of her and the work she do.

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