We had the good fortune of connecting with Anisha White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anisha, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Letting God lead me was the single most important decision I made that has and will continue to contribute to my success. It was that decision that even allowed me to get to where I am now. When I finally realized I was meant to be an entrepreneur my biggest concern was making a move before it was time. At the time of this realization I was working at Children’s Medical Center and going to school at UNT Dallas. A lot of what if’s ran through my mind, there was fear of the unknown, and the thought of walking away from a steady income was scary but, I knew I was destined for something greater. So, I prayed, talked it over with my mom and few close people, and I prayed some more, and I prayed some more. It wasn’t until about 3 months later that God gave the okay to move, I turned in my 1 months notice and September 29,2017 was my last day at Children’s Medical Center. Giving my business to God and allowing him to lead me has by far been the best decision.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Lifestyle Photographer. I do family portraits and I capture milestones such as graduations, birthday’s, anniversaries, engagements to name a few. I’m big on being creative and I create a space that allow my clients to be who they are, that is what sets me apart from others. I allow my clients to create their own memories, I strive for every photoshoot to be unique in its own way, I want my clients to walk away knowing they were a part of the creative process, and most importantly I want them to have so much fun and experience a level of professionalism that they want to book with me again. Now back to how it all started. It was September 29,2017 when my journey as a photographer began. I stepped out on faith and left my job. I was also a college student at the time so you can only imagine the things that was going trough my mind. I was scared and excited all at the same time but I knew I was making the right move. It started off great, I was making connections, doing photoshoots and then boom it all stopped. Lesson #1:This is not going to be as easy as I thought. For a long time there was no work and I was a broke college student, I begin to question if I heard God right, did He really give the okay to move, am I really cut out for this. That excitement began to dwindle and I became depressed, my motivation was low, and I questioned myself a lot. Lesson #2 Being an entrepreneur will stretch you mentally and spiritually. A lot of times we talk about the money side of it but the toll it takes on you mentally and spiritually I was wasn’t ready for. Eventually things began to pick up, people began reaching out, photoshoots are being booked , I’m back in the groove and here comes Lesson #3: Clientele will not always be consistent, stand firm on your prices, there is always somebody looking for a discount, its okay if they choose not to work with you and it is definitely okay to say NO. All money is not good money! I could go on and one but these are just a few lessons I have learned so far. I am so proud of how far I’ve come, the road hasn’t been easy and I’ve shed a LOT of tears. I’ve questioned myself often, sometimes I want to quit BUT I don’t. I have to remind myself that God is in control and that I’m right where I’m suppose to be. To those who read this I want them to be encouraged, inspired, and that my brand is my brand. I want to do what Anisha is suppose to do, this industry may be oversaturated but nobody can do what I do and I can’t do what others do. And don’t forget to keep God first and know that all things are possible with Him by your side.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Surprisingly I’m a homebody, but I do like to go out from time to to time. With my best friend food is always top priority and we like to try out new food places so I would take them to a food spot that we both could try. I would take them to Trinity Groves, walk around downtown or maybe uptown. When planning we start with food and everything else follows lol.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Frist I want to shoutout God because without Him none of this would be happening, my mom Angela and my baby brother Edward( my BIGGEST supporters). Next I want to shout out my family(too many to name), my best friends. I want to give a special shoutout to a woman I lovingly call Auntie Carol, I don’t know if she knows it or not but she has played an important role in entrepreneur journey. She has helped me in more ways than one and I definitely appreciate her. Lastly, I want to shoutout those who has given my camera and I the opportunity to service them, to the ones who like my posts, share my posts, refer people to me. I am truly thankful for it all and I take none of it for granted.
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Photo of me in the yellow curtesy of The Creative Evolution Photography