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Meet Gianna Dorsey of Gianna Dorsey Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gianna Dorsey.

Gianna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
On Christmas 2010, my father gifted my siblings and I cheap little point-and-shoot Canon cameras. When I returned back to school from Christmas break, I thought it would be fun to set up a faux photo shoot with my college roommate at the time. During those couple of hours that we were playing around with a taped blanket to the wall as a backdrop, I realized how much I genuinely loved dressing my roommate up and posing her. Fast forward one year later, I packed up and moved to California to pursue photography full time.

I’ve accomplished a ton in these last 7 years or so, from working with Beyonce’s camp to living in Paris photographing for multiple agencies and all the fashion weeks… but there is still so very much that I’d like to do with this art skill. I’m not yet satisfied with where I am as a photographer but I think I’m getting there.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Trying to make a name for myself in the photography world is hands down the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do for myself. This game is extremely difficult and is only getting tougher because it seems like everyone with an iPhone is all of a sudden a photographer these days.

The biggest struggle for me is attempting to make the finances add up with all the compliments. People compliment my work all day long but to me, it means nothing if I’m not getting hired, feel me? Yes, I do photography because it’s what I breathe, it’s my passion through and through. But I also have to eat and pay bills and that is always the challenge, making sure that I’m not only eating but those around me are fed as well.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Gianna Dorsey Photography – what should we know?
I specialize in portrait & fashion photography since people have always been my comfort zone. Being able to connect with someone through a lens is important but I think what sets me apart from other photographers is what happens before the shutter is even clicked.

Before a session begins, if time allows, I like to sit down for about 10-15 minutes with my subject and just talk.

Making forever connections is much more crucial than those few clicks which is why I make sure I invest time and try to figure out in what ways we can impact each other’s lives in those little minutes we have with one another.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There are sooooooo many individuals in my life that have played such a massive role in my life, new and old friends, family and those who support from a distance on social media. But there are a few specific folks I do want to thank:

Gene, Makeba, Dante, Ephraim, Gina, Mariah –

These are my parents, my siblings, and the main reason for my hustle. The love, appreciation, and support I have from and for my immediate family are completely unexplainable. Everything I do is for them, all of who I am is because of them. Thank Y’all, I love Y’all so damn much.

I have so many other supporters but to name a few – Danielle, Yasmine, Patrik, Marie, Jacq, Amna, & so so so many others. I’m so grateful for the force behind me.

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