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Meet Barry Daly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Barry Daly.

Barry, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am 27, I am a photographer, videographer and writer from Orlando, Florida. I am the oldest of six. Ever since a young age, I have been creating, but at the age of 21, I really began to take creating seriously. During my sophomore year of college, I was a film major and one of the required classes was a lighting class that was photo-based. While that class was a new beginning for me, it was hard because the teacher picked favorites. Needless to say, it wasn’t the best learning environment. I left that class with a desire to grow creatively, but not because of the class and more so about everything I was learning on my own. In all of my creative endeavors, I have been self-taught. Which I know set me apart from his favorites. In a short time before the class ended both he and one of the other professors in the program took the time to tell me that I had no future in art. While that was hard, I took it in stride, and since then I have created many of the images I’ve seen in my head. One day I hope that efforts that I have been putting to be met with success, in the meantime I’m happy to see all my friends and other creatives win when they win, I win that’s always been my mindset. My hope is to continue to share my view of the world with as many people I can with hopes of reminding each black girl and boy of their beauty.

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?
Outside of having to deal with my professors urging me to give up creating, and finding in my own way the means to overcome that let down. Following that, I had to deal with the untimely passing of the two people who at the time were my biggest supporters, my grandma and childhood friend (who was also a photographer). It has always been my hope that the work I do will encourage others to reach higher, our struggles do not define us, nor do they have to ruin us.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in capturing an individual’s soul, with each shoot I have new opportunities to get to know a new person and present to them the beauty of their personality. Outside of that, I specialize in showing people specifically people of color the beauty of their skin. I am most proud of my ability to walk onto any set and create an environment that anyone could be comfortable in. Ultimately, what truly sets me apart is my ability to listen to what a person expresses as their desire and in turn hear the depth of what they are actually expressing.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I was about eight years old, I remember I had a grand imagination, and at the time I had begun to find my love for the camera and creating. One particular Saturday afternoon my sister, brother and I created our first short/sketch and we shot it on our family video camera. I just remember the joy I felt that day creating with my family for my parents. That for me is one of my foundational moments in my creative journey.

Pricing:

  • Basic Portrait or headshot session (1 look) $300
  • Branding Session (2-4 looks) $375-$1500
  • Studio Session $500 and up
  • Wedding pricing starting at $3500
  • Video Packages start at $550

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Image Credit:
Persona Photo was taken by Aaron Jackson (@aarons_not_aging)

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