Today we’d like to introduce you to Phylicia J. L. Munn.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Phylicia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Thanks for featuring me! I love to share my story because my journey isn’t one that most people expect. As a southern girl from Atlanta, GA I was a creative kid but ultimately went the corporate route. With a degree in Accounting, I worked in Finance for about eight years. Completely unrelated to photography, I know. During that time, I was always taking pictures. More so as a hobby; always taking photos at family functions and getting called to do photoshoots for friends. Eventually, I wanted to try something new outside of Finance. This led to me quitting my job and moving to Paris, France with my husband. It was during my time in Paris that I was reminded of my love for photography. I decided to give photography a shot full-time so that I never have to wonder what could have been. After Paris, my husband and I moved to Los Angeles and I’ve been a full-time professional photographer for a little over a year. I’m still early in my career as a photographer so I’ll definitely have more to add to this story as I progress. Stay tuned 🙂
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road but that’s not surprising. Entrepreneurship has a ton of twists and turns. However, I love what I do which makes it easier to persevere. When I first took on photography full-time I struggled with confidence. I questioned if my work was good enough and I worked really hard to make myself look like I knew what I was doing as an entrepreneur. When honestly, I had no clue lol. This was a new career for me and I had some doubts. I also struggled with learning how to be a “paid” photographer. I’ve had to learn how to shift from shooting as a hobby to shooting to support myself. That requires a different mindset. It’s no longer just me and my camera. It’s me, my camera, clients, marketing, business finances, contracts, my portfolio, my bills…all while continuing to grow in my craft. To overcome these challenges, it’s been helpful for me to assist other photographers and speak directly with people in the business to get advice. It’s nice speaking to people with experience. It takes off the pressure of not knowing.
Phylicia J. Photography – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a photographer that takes photos of people. I like for my work to reflect diversity and mirror a creative sophistication in people. Work that showcases progressive portrait and fashion photography.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is not giving up. That’s the goal. There may be small milestones along the way but the most important thing is to keep going. I know if I continue to push through and put in the work everything else will fall into place.
Phylicia J. Photography; Photo of Phylicia taken by Alina Sepp