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Meet the Creative Team of Oriri Osayomore & Crystal Chante

Today we’d like to introduce you to Oriri Osayomore & Crystal Chante.

Oriri & Crystal, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Oriri: When I came to the U.S. in 2011, that’s when I started practicing photography. It was an opportunity for me to explore another aspect of my media ability. I took pictures of everything and I watched a lot of Youtube tutorials to learn what the professionals were doing. With the DSLR explosion, it was easy to point a camera and get great images. It was not until I worked with Atlanta-based commercial photography company H.S. Photo Processing Inc., that I finally started to learn other technical processes, like off camera lighting.

I moved to Los Angeles and fell in love with the weather, that’s when Crystal and I decided to set up LASoul Headshots. We are really interested in volume photography for schools and local community sports leagues. Its fun to take high-quality photos of the local kids in the neighborhood. That’s one of the things that keeps us going.

Crystal: I was twenty years old when my mom and dad bought me my first camera. It was a Aiptek HD 720p Camcorder. I used it primarily to shoot video clips, but I also shot a lot of digital photos of family/friends events. I would create slideshows, put them on a DVD and present it to everyone or give them out as gifts for Christmas. To see the smiles on their faces when they looked at the captured memories was very rewarding for me. It made me happy.

So I took a photography course at the Art Institute in Santa Monica to develop more technical skills of the camera.  After that, I went to pursue my Master’s in Radio/TV at Arkansas State University. That program was all things media. I had a lot of exposure with film, photography, art & design. You name it, I was learning it. That’s where I met Oriri  and we learned that we shared the same interests and goals.
After graduation, we moved to Atlanta, worked at this company called H.S. Photo Processing, Inc. There I was able to shadow professional photographers and see their set up and the different types of equipment to use for a variety of photoshoots. It was a great company to work for with very talented people. From there Oriri and I moved to Los Angeles with a desire to start our own photography business and that is how LASoul Headshots was created.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been fairly smooth apart from the usual slow pace of starting a business. Right now we are in the process of building relationships with new clients. We have a few returning clients who have given us positive feedback. We try to stay current with photography trends and are always looking for ways to make the next best image.

What role has luck had in your life and career?
The role that luck has had in my life is huge. I am lucky to be in the middle of great technological advancements, especially in photography. Also, the fact that I am alive and able to have the ability to share my talent. But luck aside, It has been a case of getting what you work for. Making decisions based on information has been key. For instance, getting featured in VoyageLA was a result of going out there making pictures and sharing them.

Do you feel like there are certain traits that increase the likelihood of success?
Yes,  it’s important to be fair with pricing and to give the customer a little more than promised. Always stay in touch with photography trends as far as techniques and equipment. Collaboration with other professionals in the field is also great for growth.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city, what do you like the most and least?
What we like most about Los Angeles is the coastal scenery. We also like that it’s a diverse city, which give us the opportunity to have a variety of clients. However, because it’s a big city, finding our crowd and business momentum takes time.

Pricing:

  • Deluxe package $120- 4+looks
  • Basic package $85-2+looks
  • Custom packages can be negotiated

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Image Credit:
Photographer/Retoucher: Oriri Osayomore, Crystal Chante

 

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