Today we’d like to introduce you to Tasia Wells.
Tasia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Photography is actually my 2nd career and I did not start pursuing it seriously until the end of 2014. Although photography always fascinated me and I would occasionally dabble in taking photos for fun, a creative career never felt like an option for me for a very long time. In fact, I had a really hard time allowing myself to connect to my creative side at all. To be honest I think a lot of that stems back to my childhood. Both of my biological parents were deceased by the time I was ten, and the step-mom that raised me was extremely abusive and as a result, I have always been on my own.
I decided early in my teen years I need to get as much education as possible and find a stable, somewhat corporate career so I could be confident in being self-sufficient and being able to take care of myself financially. I knew I loved kids and I knew I loved helping others in need and I fell into a career working with children with Autism. I got a Bachelors degree in Behavior Science with an emphasis in Psychology and a Masters degree in Education and Psychology and eventually because of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
I spent ten years treating children with Autism as a clinical supervisor and eventually was running my own office. As an empathy, I took home all of my work (emotionally) and had a really hard time separating work from personal life, or having a personal life at all. I was working 80 hour weeks and constantly full of anxiety and stress wanting to make sure I did right by every child, parent and therapist I had contact with. I was feeling physical effects of the stress and remembering being afraid of having a heart attack like my father (who died of a heart attack in his sleep at age 38) and eventually decided to quit my job and take a break from the field altogether.
People always asked me if I wasn’t working with special needs children what I would be doing and my response 100% of the time was “Photography.” So when I knew for sure I was going to take a break from my field I made a decision to pursue a career in photography and finally allow myself to embrace my creative side. Not having to hide my tattoos and piercings in an office setting was a bonus.
I decided immediately I need to get some experience and if I was going to pursue this as a career I had to take it seriously. I started teaching myself through online courses, videos, camera manuals and practical experience. I started off spending a lot of time alone in nature and creating abstract fine art initially, even selling fine art prints on Etsy. I started looking for other photographers to intern for and did a lot of TFP (trade for photos) shoots where I would shoot for free just to get the experience and build up my portfolio. I made a decision in the very beginning that I would not allow fear to stop me from pursuing this passion. I would not allow myself to say no to things that scared me or intimated me, and as cheesy and it sounds in every way possible I adopted Nike’s slogan “Just do it.”
I eventually ended up interning for a photographer who also contributed to Getty Images. I spent a lot of time doing headshots, portraits, events and photo editing while interning for him, and eventually, I asked him to connect me to Getty Images which he did. I started contributing for Getty Images / WireImage in March of 2015 doing a lot of editorial celebrity press events. I got experience shooting red carpets, concerts, fashion shows, award shows, parties, you name it. I also started freelance photo editing for Getty Images in December of 2005 working major award shows and Hollywood events. I continued to build my own business and outside of celebrity event work gained experience in a variety of areas. Today my work involves so much variety I feel so blessed. I continue to shoot for Getty Images and freelance edit big events for other photographers. Outside of celebrity event photography work I also do headshots, portraits, family photos, newborn photos, engagement sessions, weddings, graduation portraits, concerts, corporate photos/events, real estate/architecture and product photography.
Everyone asks me what my favorite thing to shoot is and it is always the most difficult question for me to answer because I still can’t believe I get to make money doing something I love so much. I love every part and every kind of photography. My background in Psychology has continued to serve me because I have realized the energy and understanding between me and the people I am photographing makes every difference in how the photo comes out. When people feel comfortable, seen, relaxed and happy, all of that comes through in the photo. The energy we create is a big part of the process.
Has it been a smooth road?
Starting a new career at age 30 outside of all my previous education and career experience has not always been smooth. There has been a lot of financial insecurity and fear of failure as well as comparing myself to others in my field I have had to overcome. I have lived by my own motto, however, “no one has ever failed at something they refused to give up on” and pushed through every challenge or fear I have allowed in my way. Being 100% freelance in any career comes with its own struggles but also with its own freedoms. The beginning of starting a new career is the most challenging time and although the road can still be bumpy at times, the most challenging part is behind me.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Tasia Noelle Photo specializes in celebrity press events (red carpets, premieres, award shows, concerts, brand-sponsored events/gifting suites, parties, fashion shows, etc.). In addition, I provide services for non-press events (baptism, weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, etc.) as well as lifestyle/social media, headshot, portrait, family, engagement, pet, newborn, graduation, corporate and product photography. There isn’t much I can’t do when it comes to taking photos so if you need it captured I want to be there.
I am most proud of building my company from the ground up and being self-taught in everything I do.
What sets me apart is not specializing in any one area, but being able to provide a variety of quality photography services in any situation. I also do all of my own photo editing and provide photo retouching services as well.
Additionally, as a contributor for Getty Images, I can provide contact to Getty Images team for those interested in press coverage at their events.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see myself continuing to grow in my craft and perfect what I do. I love photography and am always striving to continue learning and improving in what I do in every capacity. I see my company continuing to expand and being one of LA’s go-to photographers.
- Website: www.TasiaNoellePhoto.com
- Phone: 818-408-3059
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @TasiaNoellePhoto
- Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TasiaNoellePhoto
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/tasia-noelle-photo-los-angeles?hrid=kXkElxILW-jShkA7oDRE9Q&osq=tasia+noelle+photo
For my personal photo photo credit is Lucianna Faraone Coccia.
For all other portfolio photos they were taking by me, Tasia Wells/Tasia Noelle Photo