Today we’d like to introduce you to Natasha Ingeram.
Natasha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
So after moving back to California from Oklahoma at 24, I was basically starting over and I guess just figuring out my life. I have always been into creative arts of all sorts, I’ve played the piano since I was 14, and picking up a camera was just another form of expression that I just gravitated towards. I immediately met the creators of the website PLANETHOPPER.TV and was able to work with them which has allowed me to really take the time to perfect my skills. At first, it was all fun because I was loving the newness of it and I was meeting a lot of different types of people, and while it is still fun the journey quickly turned inward. From learning my camera to learning the way light moves, it all has been helping me learn how to move through the fear of the unknown and that is what working for yourself almost is when you first start to really grow roots into your business or yourself for that matter.
I was born and raised in Compton, my biological parents fell victim to the drug epidemic and I was adopted by another part of my family who I was then raised by. I come from a lot of things that most people do not make it out of and it’s grown me to have an attitude of nothing left to lose in this lifetime. When I first started photography, I was also a bartender and a server. I was doing gigs here and there and eventually through tests and trails and with the help of others. I quit my job to focus and take a bet on myself which was something I had never done nor did I ever believe I would have the confidence to do. I had to give myself that type of authority over my life which is much easier said than done. But I did! I shoot over a few different genres now rather than just portraits from when I first begin, one of my favorite being food! I am now 30 and I am still growing my portfolio hoping to be a famous food and portrait photographer!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In no way. Growing up being told to always have a 9-5 and go to school keeps you in a box sometimes and I had to break out of that box in order to have the mindset of creating my own 9-5, because somewhere in that interim it means you won’t be getting paid bi-weekly from one job and the income won’t be consistent. Learning that sometimes “struggling” is part of the process if you really want to build something that was not there before. And the mind has been the biggest thing, getting past the self-doubting thoughts and the “who do you think you are’s” is tough. Somedays you’re outside might not validate what you hope and sometimes weeks and you have to be able to push through that, as well as toggle relationships and consistently working yourself to make sure you aren’t holding your own self back. I think learning the balance between self, others, and passion is one of the trickiest to achieve.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
So I am a freelance photographer. I specialize in food and portraits. I’m proud of the work that I produce because my clients are always satisfied, and I work to make sure at the end of the day they are. I would like to say I am different from all other photographers in the way that I enact with my clients but I honestly may not be. But I do go for emotion, and I do go for even the littlest of details, lighting, colors, whatever may change what the photo may make you feel. I truly enjoy photographing others and being able to produce moments of joy or confidence for others as I see it during our shoot!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have had a few friends help me along with this, through words of advice, or mentoring me, or just being there! John & Tim at PlanetHopper.TV, They allowed me to perfect my craft over the years in their studio, shooting for them and giving me sound advice on building something for myself. Quiana “Chef Q” Jeffries, Shess been rocking with me since the first days, I have shot a lot of her food content but we started out with just the portraits. She is also my soul sister, we have had many much-needed talks that keep one another going! And all my family and friends who continuously support me through contracting my services or the simple, keep it ups and I’m proud of you’s! They all help a lot!
- $75 Headshots
- $100 1.5/hr Portrait Sessions
- Website: www.nattyedits.wixsite.com/home
- Phone: 213 822 5071
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/tashphtv