We had the good fortune of connecting with Patryce Coleman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patryce, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born and raised in 3rd ward Houston Texas. A neighborhood where people always had a negative outlook on. I knew I wanted to make a change when I decided to go to Jack Yates High School. I didn’t know anything about The School of Communications I just stumbled in the photography class and said this is it. My photography teacher Mr. Carrington made us see 3rd ward as a tourist. We took pictures of the neighborhood and saw MY Neighborhood as more than your typical black neighborhood. I saw beauty within the lens. Now I cater to my community in photography. Even when I have clients from other states I show them 3rd ward and how beautiful your pictures can be in this neighborhood. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done if I wouldn’t have been in photography in high school.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My company is called Got Photos? We are located in Houston Texas but we travel all over America to do photoshoots. We specialize in Graduation Photography but not limited. Our company consist of family and friends as employees. I always wanted to make sure everyone can get a piece of the pie and have experience within the business. we not only take photos but we teach photography to kids called Got Photos Kids. In the kids photography class we teach them the basics plus the next level of graphics. Our students ages range from 10-18. The students ages 15-18 have an opportunity to work at events. We teach them all aspects of the business. We want them to know its more than snapping, its customer service, money handling, behind the scenes, integrity, respect and being goal oriented. Because the world changes all the time we decided to add Photo Booths to the company. Great for parties and events.
Kids are the future and its important for them to learn early about running a business even if they don’t desire to have a business. Working for others are very important because there are so many lessons that can be learned.
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?
The first place I would take them is to Hermann Park to see the greenery. Next downtown, many people forget we have a downtown Houston and we should make the best of it. Next I will take them to eat at Island 1515 downtown. Last Spot My Studio which is located in 3rd ward we will sit on the balcony and sing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my success to many people but defiantly Mr. Carrington the photography teacher that put the camera in my hand. Next my business partner Tawana Cox in 2002 we met and I never met another female photographer until I met her, She made me feel that We as Black females can make it in this industry. So in 2004 we decided to work together and we have been doing this photography life every since. Also my parents and kids plus Grandma Lenna B! Although I have all my family members on payroll because we are a village I know without their help it would be very hard at times. Next My fiancé he is the Marketing Manager Terrence Jackson he knows everybody. I give the biggest Shoutout to GOD without him none of this would be possible.
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