Featured Photographer: Natasha Rawls

"I have always tried to be my children's hero."

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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I am a published photographer, stylist, and published fashion designer living in Cordova, Tennessee. I love the arts and spending time with other artists like models, other designers, photographers, etc. I am also a mom of 3 kids. I am NaJo Photography and NaJo Couture Collections. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? My goal is to make my full living as an artist, especially as a photographer in fashion and/or product photography. Having my own studio would be fabulous! How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? I communicate well with people and very friendly. I am indeed very patient, maybe sometimes too patient:) . When it comes to working with clients I am very sensitive to their needs as they have a vision that needs to be completed. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? I would not have returned to college at the age of 27. Instead I would have focused on using my artistic talents for work instead of taking up unnecessary college courses and spending money. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? I honestly don't have a hero. I have always tried to be my children's hero. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? They may be important depending on what you are wanting to achieve in the arts. I don't feel like this is a necessity though. A lot of this is who you know and the strength of your work. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? Never give up. Stay different.

Photo Credits: "Mystic Garden" by NaJo Photography. Models: Jayd Rutherford, KaBriya Janyell, MacKenzie Boone. Fashion Stylist: NaJo Couture Collections. MUA: Heather Holland. Location: My back yard in Cordova, Tennessee Contact Details: Instagram: @najo_photography_designs Email: najophotog@yahoo.com


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