We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanisha Dunham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanisha, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I strongly believe risk taking comes with faith. It’s believing something far beyond what you can physically see. I used to struggle with fear, until I got tired of wondering what was on the other side of it. I decided to take the first step from being a teacher in the classroom to a full time photographer because it was something I’ve always wanted to do. I absolutely love people and capturing their lives.
However, I was afraid of what some would think? if I was good enough? how I would survive financially? But I put those fears aside, took one step forward and never looked back.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe my ability to connect with my clients sets me apart. I don’t set a goal to just take pictures, I aim to provide a one of a kind experience. I reach deep into reasons behind why clients want to take photos and make the strongest efforts to capture the very essence.
I’m here today because of the generosity of those who appreciate my work. I haven’t spent thousands of dollars on marketing because wonderful people have so kindly passed on the word about Light Lens Photography.
Being an entrepreneur is by far, not easy, but I absolutely love it.
I’ve learned not to be so hard on myself.
I want the world to know that Light Lens Photography focuses on capturing the Light and heart of humanity. I care about people, my creativity and I hope it shows in my finished work.
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?
I love all things, nature, simple and rustic. I’d probably take them to one of my favorite restaurants called Terrain Cafe, the local farm to get fresh fruits and vegetables.
I am also kind of obsessed with home decor, so a few home stores, local thrift shops would be on the list.
Lastly-I love cooking! I’m almost certain a home cooked meal would be apart of the itinerary- Haha!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe so much love and gratitude to my husband who believed in me before I believed in myself. He’s responsible for gifting me with my first professional camera. He’s the one who encouraged me to walk away from my comfort zone. He’s been fully supportive every step of the way.
I also owe many thanks to my daughter for inspiring me to follow my dreams. She’ was 9 at the time, now 14. Sanaa is a multi-gifted 14 year old singer, songwriter and actress. She had just sort of solidified the path she wanted to take in life, but I saw her struggling with the same fears that paralyzed me most of my life.
I wanted nothing more than for her to see me fulfill my dreams up close and personal. I wanted her to see it was possible, attainable! Best decision I’ve ever made. She’s going full force and I could not be more proud.
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