We had the good fortune of connecting with Raphael Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Raphael, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
With being a lover of visual arts, I thought it would be fitting to purchase a camera instead of using my phone to take pictures. I wanted to enhance my photo taking abilities and transform them into pieces that I can be proud of, while also making money.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a portrait photographer that specializes in family photography and headshots. I’ve been shooting since 2015 and have finally found my niche. I’m most proud of the traction that I’ve been getting as of late. Clientele is starting to progress, mostly through word of mouth. I believe I’m in the position I’m in now through consistency, hard work, a lot of frustration, and learning the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. Learning that everyone, including people you thought were friends, wants a discount and just aren’t willing to pay your full rate. Balancing your business with friends and family is something you have to master early. That’s advice that I would give to anyone starting out. Lastly, I want people to know that I deliver natural images. I naturally enhance your beauty without too much photoshop. With me, I don’t want you to look like a barbie doll because they’re fake. We are real people, and you should look as such.

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.
So we would definitely have to get something to eat from a chef that I know. Her name is Christine Bailey(IG: @ladywitha_c). Her food is immaculate! I’m not much of the drinker so I’d say any nice restaurant with a bar. For scenery, we’d have to visit Roswell Mills. It has the most beautiful waterfall that I’ve seen. Nevertheless, it’s Atlanta so you can pick your poison. It’s any and everything to do here.

Website: rlathepoet.myportfolio.com

Instagram: @rlathepoet

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