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Meet Reje Rush

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reje Rush.

Hi Reje, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
When I was younger, every summer my father would take me to the library to check out ten books which I had to read before school started in the fall. As annoying as this was, this taught me the valuable lesson of independent education. Through the years, I’ve learned to see the world as my classroom and everyone in it as my teacher. Being a photographer and one of my best teachers, my father also showed me how important it is to express one’s ideas through visual media. This opened up the world of Art to me and eventually lead to my love for portraiture. Pencils and paper became my friends and drawing became my new outlet. After some time drawing people, I began to take an interest in photographing them.

Over the years, connecting with and listening to people from different walks of life, I began to notice one common thread; everyone has a story. Understanding the exclusivity of people’s stories and how important it is to share them, I now look forward to learning about and helping people express those stories. I choose to do this through photographing both portraiture and weddings, two very intimate styles of photography, but two that I feel tell both authentic and unique stories of the people I shoot.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Honestly, yes and no. The craft and art of photography came easily due to my father being a photographer and my years in art school. I’ve learned about composition, color theory and even exposure from one or the other and research was never my problem. The difficult part was seeing myself as an entrepreneur. I know that entrepreneurship is the big hype at the moment, but I was the type of person that was cool working a 9 to 5 job making decent money. But something changed. There’s something about setting your schedule, controlling your time and charging for that time that has me thinking, “Entrepreneurship doesn’t sound too bad”. Now I am a full time, business owner! I honestly never thought I’d be here just a few years ago. I will say that my biggest challenge now is actually running the business. I have to put on multiple hats as the photographer, accountant, running the marketing, customer service and many other things. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
So, plain and simple, I’m a portrait and wedding photographer specializing in telling people’s stories through visual arts. I believe what sets me apart is my dedication to making sure that I properly represent the person. I do that through first having a genuine conversation with them before the shoot to get to know them a bit. That conversation continues into the day of the photo session and sometimes even afterwards. The goal is to build a professional bond with the person or couple to make sure I’m visually telling their story accurately.

How do you think about luck?
No luck, all God! I’ve fully given my business to God.

Pricing:

  • Portraits start @ $200
  • Weddings start @ $2000

Contact Info:

Image Credits:
Reje Rush of Nativ Lens, LLC

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1 Comment

  1. James A Rush

    April 2, 2021 at 4:20 am

    My favorite Son. I spent a while reading through your site. I have to say, I’m impressed and very proud of how you turned the corner from Full Sail and became what you are, a creative artist and businessman. And a loving husband and father. Thanks, good job! Pop

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