We had the good fortune of connecting with Oprah Stephens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Oprah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
They say no risk no reward and it’s true but also hella hard for me. I am a perfectionist which means that I usually like this thought all the way through with contingency plans in place before embarking on something. That mentally though can leave me feeling unaccomplished and unable to just start. So I am working on pushing fear aside and focusing on the lessons I can learn through failure rather than the fear of failing. So far risk-taking is scary but completely worth it.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I specialize in Branding Photography mostly for women entrepreneurs. This is because amongst all of the other niche’s of photography I fell in love with the process of helping women create images that truly represent who the force is behind their business. I provide all of my branding clients with a comprehensive guide to walk them through the entire process. I am their one-woman hype team and my guide helps to provide invaluable information on not only planning but resources and services they may need to grow their business beyond beautiful, on-brand, personality oozing, versatile images.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I think a good drink is always necessary so I would have to say Simones on Sunset simply for the vibe and Erma Rose Winery. Dinner at Landry’s seafood house.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of course my friends and family are awesome cheerleaders and supporters, but I’ve found so much knowledge and support through Facebook groups like Black Woman Photographers and Tomaiya Colvin Education that always seem to have answers to questions before I think to ask them.