Organization’s Name: Angee L Photography
What did you want to be when you were a child?
It was a bit of a toss-up as to a veterinarian or Wonder Woman… I had a real soft spot for cats but I also had to keep up with my four brothers.
What called you to your work?
Photography found me while I was studying art and design at STLCC Meramac. I found I had a real rapport with the people in front of my camera and a love of composing beautiful images. I continued taking film classes as I finished my degree at Maryville University and found that I was truly more interested in spending time with people and what my camera could do than drawing up architectural details.
Who in the community do you look up to? Do you have a role model?
In the photographic community I look up to Michael Freeman for his compositional skills, Yousef Karsh for his ability to connect to his subjects, Sue Bryce for her posing and personal/business skills, Steve Hanks (watercolor painter) for capturing emotional realism, and Annie Liebovitz for her light and composition.
Locally, I look up to Cillah Hall of Gazelle magazine. She is a strong, confident woman and mother who followed her dream to inspire and empower local women through a fashion magazine she founded. Like her, I also felt very awkward being tall, thin, and “exotic looking” growing up and have had to work to feel comfortable with myself.
My current role model is Diane von Furstenberg. She had a vision and saw every opportunity as a learning experience. I find her truly inspiring as a woman business owner and artist: she always saw being a woman as a strength and retained her character above all.
Name your greatest success, or what you are most proud of, in your business experiences.
I am proud to have created work that is meaningful, has a purpose, has made a lot of people happy, and is on its way to giving me financial independence.
What product/service do you offer?
I make beautiful portraits of people and give a valuable service experience. I sit down with them before the session for a consultation to ensure we are creating something that speaks to them, make them feel their best by providing professional hair and makeup, offer products that assist in the use of their photos as well as help – should they want – in designs for their homes/offices, walk them through a viewing appointment, and personally deliver/install their order.
What makes your business unique?
I do my best to make something for my clients that says something about them and what makes them unique.
What is the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service?
People hate having their picture taken, I get it. It is nerve-wracking. I had a client tell me this but after her session, she said that I made her feel sooooo comfortable in her own skin and that she had a great time.
What are three things you use every day in your job?
- Light – you can’t see anything without it.
- Instincts – I have to pay attention to what is going on around me and what I want to do.
- Camera – its art and its science and I love juggling the two to make beautiful images.
Tell us about organizations/charities you are passionate about.
I have worked with greyhound rescue for years. These gentle creatures don’t race for long and thank goodness for the rescue groups that take in these young dogs, teach them how to live in homes, and help them to find their family.
When you are not working, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a visual person, always have been. I love going and seeing… Trips to the museum are soul awakening, having a coffee at an outdoor cafe is a visual feast, and spending time with my husband and two young boys is a depiction of my heart.