Today we’d like to introduce you to Makayla Smith.
Makayla, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey truly began after having my son, Mi’cah, my second year in college! I went from being on the dean’s list at Stephen F. Austin to being a single mother at Richland Community College. Determined to finish my degree, I transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington.
Being a single mother and a full-time student while working was tough, but I couldn’t give up! May 2017, I graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Broadcasting, and two months later I landed my first job as a social media coordinator for Ebby Halliday Realtors. Grateful for my accomplishments but still not satisfied, I began working on my photography.
After much practice and great compliments, I began my photography company Pictureme Mk! In my first year, I have received so much love and support it has grown to be much more than I expected so quickly. I am proud to say I kept going when I felt like giving up. Today, I am a proud business owner and mother!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has been far from smooth! Being a single mother is a challenge alone, but in the midst of my struggle, I lost my only brother. He was my heart. He suffered from Lupus and lost his battle due to pneumonia in the hospital. This has been one of the many struggles that I still face today!
Along the road has been bad relationships that I had to overcome in order to succeed, working to provide while going to school, and academic probation during a rough time in my life. The road was not pretty, and many nights with a screaming baby and Spanish homework due, I felt like I would never make it. But I did!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Pictureme MK – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a creative Photographer located in the DFW! I take photos all around the Dallas- Fort Worth Metroplex! I take pride in being creative and having the vision to bring together unique ideas, as well as the ability to produce beautiful family portraits!
I am most proud of the special moment I capture for clients. I try to capture moments that are not just traditional posing, and people love it! My shoots are different because I help people feel comfortable to be their selves!
This works best for me, and I capture some of the most beautiful moments! I take pride in being patient, understand and professional. It has got me where I am today!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
In the future, I plan to become a photographer that specializes in Weddings as well as own a photography studio! These goals are in the works and hopefully will manifest soon! I also plan to start my organization for women and teen girls with coming up year!
I want to start a sisterhood of healing women that give back and help others heal. I plan to use my testimony to help and encourage others to become better, accomplish goals and keep on living life after motherhood!
- Branding Shoots – $80/hr
- Family Portraits- $120/ hr
- Children Shoots- $60/hr
- Website: Picturememk.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @picturememk
- Facebook: @picturememk
- Twitter: @piturememk