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Conversations with Amani Nichae

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amani Nichae.

Hi Amani, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Photography was never anything on my radar, as a kid I had a couple of cameras but nothing ever clicked. During high school, I ended up taking a photography class to finish out my senior schedule and the rest was history.

My first job was to photograph an event for a non-profit, I was fresh into photography and more than likely had no clue what I was doing but I enjoyed every minute of it! Getting paid for something I genuinely enjoyed being a part of was other worldly so from there I took any job and opportunity I could to build my portfolio. I met a pal through my mother who was also new-ish to photography and we began shooting weddings together, things snowballed and now I’m here living a literal dream.

I attended art school briefly which is where I met my partner who is a crucial part of my business. It wasn’t long until I roped him in with me. He’s been there through all the bad ideas, late nights, chaotic days, you name it. But he’s also helped me grow and supported anything and everything I’ve decided to do.

After school, it was full steam ahead. I buckled down to learn what I could about the ins and outs of everything that came to running a business, rebranded and discovered my groove and now my partner and I shoot full time, traveling and celebrating stories of amazing people everywhere.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The actual photography, yes. Obviously, there’s a lot to learn and develop but the shooting was never my biggest struggle. No one teaches you how to run a business, how to market and track your audience, bookkeeping, staying sane, any of it. I never realized that trading in a traditional job meant that you’d be working 24/7, and I love my job but sleep is also nice too.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a photographer specializing in weddings and portraits! As much as I’m known for my work I feel like when folks talk about me it’s more along the lines of “I had so much fun!” or “this was such an amazing experience!” which is what I love to hear. I myself am not fond of getting my photo taken, so to know I can cultivate an environment where we’re more focused on inclusivity, fun and confidence makes me really happy and it’s one of the things I feel set me apart.

I also love crafting spaces and experiences for BIPOC event vendors and models by hosting styled shoots. Bringing folks together to be able to highlight their talents and businesses really pushes me as a creator. As someone part of a group that has been underrepresented and looked over I definitely feel a responsibility to show off as many folks as I can in this field.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I’m not a huge risk taker, the job I have doesn’t currently affect my life in a risky way. It’s flexible, understanding and go with the flow for the most part. The biggest risk was moving towards doing it full time, which is something I never even thought would be a possibility. It’s weird working for yourself, but wholly rewarding. But I’m definitely privileged that I have a supportive family, partner and clients that go hard for me. Not everyone has that and it makes your journey entirely different, so I’m very grateful for the folks I have behind me.

Pricing:

  • Portrait sessions begin at $375
  • Weddings begin at $2500

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Image Credits
Dorese Jenae Portraits
Honeysage Photo Co.

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