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Conversations with Zaria Woodley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zaria Woodley.

Hi Zaria, 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?
I was born and raised in New York but also lived in Florida half my life. I felt as if I was a military child because I moved around a lot. And now that I think about it, I’m never in one spot. I’m willing to try new things and go to new places. I moved to Miami for college, studied Communications and switched and graduated as a Photography major from Barry University. Since a child, I always had a camera in my hand. When I decided to become serious with photography was my junior year of high school, my photographs started as landscapes, scenery type of images. But moving to Miami, you get scenery and the party atmosphere. I wouldn’t even know how I started because I can say someone found me. When asked what do I want to do with my degree, I thought of being a magazine photographer. But as time went on, the idea and concept of being a freelance photographer you’re able to be creative with yourself and whoever you work with. Today, I am still learning and growing as a creator. But I will continue to blow my audience away with new ideas in store.

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?
Moving to another state on your own was the biggest struggle. I had my guardian angels beside me but feeling you don’t have the full support from friends and family, it can take a toll on you. A bunch of financial struggles, thinking I’m making a big plan but it all fails. But I learned these can be blessings in disguise for a better outcome.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Freelance Photographer Majority of my work varies from gel lighting, self-portraits to the landscape. For my senior project, I had to do an art show. This show lasted for two months and got a lot of amazing feedback. When anyone works with me, at the end I’m known for making them feel themselves. Be able to be comfortable and be their true self. I’m the photographer that guides you to get that amazing image. I’m proud of some of the artists I got to work with while being in Miami. One of the main reasons I stood to freelance. Even though I get amazing feedback from known creators or videographers, I never parade around saying I’m better than anyone else. I’m better in my own way.

What are your plans for the future?
Starting a clothing line and expanding my photography by purchasing a studio. For the future, I just want positivity and good energy around me and my craft.

Pricing:

  • $100 a Hour (Scenery Shots)
  • $150 a Hour (Studio Shots)
  • $200 for 2 hours

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Image Credits
Christian Keene (Image one) Deanna Wiley (Image two) Taliban Casino Brandi Kemp Rebeckah and Nehema

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