Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacey Akabue Scott.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Stacey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Well, my story is pretty interesting, lol. I bought my first camera back in August of 2015. I decided that I was gonna start a women’s empowerment YouTube channel so I needed a camera to shoot videos. Well, that fell through. My videographer was a nightmare, my editors weren’t much help, and then to add insult to injury, my husband and I had a miscarriage with our first child. It was all just too much for me to handle so I let it all go and just tried to get myself together. Fast forward to February 2017. I was hanging with my sister Jennifer (JA’DAKU) Akabue and she mentioned that she needed some new photos done for her portfolio. I eagerly asked if I could do them since I had a camera sitting around collecting dust. She got dressed and we hit up Deep Ellum.
We finally found a cool little grungy old bar that gave us permission to shoot there. The shoot went great! Once my sister saw the photos she immediately told me that I had an eye for this and that I really needed to get into photography. I thought she was just being nice and was trying to boost my little ego, but she kept insisting that I was good enough. So I finally listened and pushed myself to see what she and God saw in me. Two and a half years later and I haven’t turned back. I’m so grateful that I listened. I’ve been going hard ever since.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been easy for me. A few struggles I’ve faced were believing in myself, learning the ropes of business management, and finding ways to learn and grow in my craft while on a budget. The beauty in it all is that once you get through the hardest times, everything else is easier to endure. Just keep going.
Please tell us about your business.
My business is called Stacey Oluchi Photography. Oluchi is my Igbo name and it means “God’s Work”. I believe that my talent is definitely that; all God’s doing. He just dropped it into my lap, lol. My family is from Nigeria and I wanted my brand to reflect me and my heritage.
I specialize in portrait photography and occasionally do events upon request. I love shooting Seniors, Families, and Lifestyle Sessions. The one thing I am most proud of with my company is my growth as a photographer. It’s amazing to watch yourself evolve in your craft. I look back at my old work and I’m like “Dang girl, you’ve grown!”. It’s an incredible feeling. What sets me apart from the many other amazing photographers in the DFW area is my spirit. If you read my Google or Facebook reviews, many of my clients will say they really enjoyed my fun personality and my professionalism. I have fun when I’m shooting and want my clients to have fun too. My goal is to get you to see the beauty that I see in you. My clients aren’t super models, but trust and believe they will leave my presence thinking that they are!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Nothing at all. I believe that everything happens for a reason. As much as I hated failing in the beginning, I’ve learned soooooo much from my failures. I think it also keeps me humble too. I’m just enjoying this journey.
- Mini Session (30 minutes) start at $150
- Full Sessions (1 hour) start at $200
- Makeup application with lashes is $50
- Website: www.StaceyOluchi.com
- Phone: 4698314533
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/staceyoluchiphoto/
- Facebook: Facebook.com/staceyoluchiphotography
Stacey Oluchi Photography