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Conversations with Maya Brooks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maya Brooks.

Hi Maya, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Radio/TV Management. Upon receiving my degree, I was hired as a Disney theme park photographer without any photography knowledge. I quickly fell in love with this artistic outlet and began crafting my skills. Less than a year later, I was trained as an Action Photographer at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. I began receiving requests to do photography sessions outside of Disney which lead me to founding Maya B. Photography!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Falling into this passion has truly been a journey. I often felt like I started too late in learning this craft and was sometimes intimidated while working beside more experienced photographers. Luckily, I started making some really great friends at work that were more than willing to share their expertise and knowledge with me and continued to push me outside of my comfort zone. They are the reason I am here today.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a photographer that specializes in behind the scenes, marketing, event and sports photography. Outside of my business, I really enjoy travel and nature photography as well! My growth as a photographer is something I am most proud of. It is so rewarding to look back at some of the first photos I have taken and see how I have evolved over the years. I believe there is always more to learn in this field and I am excited to see what heights I can reach! My degree is in production management so having that extra knowledge of the inner workings of putting on a large event or production is an asset for when I am doing Behind the scenes photography. This specialty is a very small niche, and there are not many females, let alone Black photographers in the industry. Both of these reasons set me apart from others.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
One of my dreams as a photographer is to pack up my life into a tiny home, travel around the U.S photographing all of the National Parks and selling my work as prints to sustain myself.

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Maya B. Photography That First Moment

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