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Meet Trailblazer Asha Bailey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Asha Bailey.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Asha. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was in 6th grade. My photography passion started with the typical close-up shots of blades of grass and shoelaces but soon after progressed to awkward portraits of my friends at school. In high school, my photo passion turned into a passion for video — recording, directing, and editing fun movies with my friends and sisters. Photography and videography had always been two things that I loved, and when I realized I could start my own business while attending San Diego State University, I went for it. I started by offering senior portrait sessions, asking my younger sisters to spread the word through their high school peers. Almost three years later, I’ve found my niche with love and couples.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think starting a business will ever be a completely smooth road, but the struggles almost always lead to learning something new. Working and utilizing social media as a primary networking and marketing tool can be difficult. It becomes challenging when you start to find yourself comparing your individual journey to others online. It’s always important to remember that “success” is not a race, and the lens from which we view other people’s lives on social media will always be a little skewed.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Asha Bailey Photography – what should we know?
I am a professional wedding and engagement photographer. I love working with couples and telling their love story through adventurous and fun photo sessions. For me, the most important thing is the relationships I build with my clients. Often, we meet as strangers and leave as friends. That’s by far my favorite part of my job. I love making couples feel beautiful and I love giving them something that will showcase their love, always.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
Personally, I think “photography” is looked at as a more feminine occupation, which almost inherently takes away from the job, making it sound easy or like anyone can do it. Being a good photographer is so much more than owning an expensive camera. So much goes into it behind the scenes. First, we’re entrepreneurs. Many of us have started our businesses from the ground up. We are business-women. We sell ourselves and our services. We build relationships. We travel. We are often climbing, hiking, hopping fences or jumping into the ocean for the perfect shot for our clients. And once our session is done, we spend hours in front of a computer screen editing and retouching, on top of communicating with other clients. I think a barrier to female leadership in this industry is simply the misconception that the photography industry is for everyone and anyone.

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