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

Hi Armanni, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued photography because it was a form of expression for me. Photography allowed me to explore my creativity and talents. I went from taking pictures of myself, to nature and anyone I knew. Deep down, I had a feeling that being behind a camera was my calling. Every picture I took had a story to tell, almost as if you were going through a time machine to see the exact moment. I knew that photography was one of my many talents that I couldn’t just let go to waste. Over the years, I can honestly say that being a photographer is one of the best decisions of my life. It gives people a vision of my artistic mind, and the feeling of essence when you come across my pictures. I love showing clients a side to themselves that they have never seen before. It is almost like opening gifts on Christmas and Santa brings you exactly what you wanted or even something better!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being a photographer had really helped me open up and not be afraid to do the unthinkable. I will say the process was NOT easy at all ,but would I do it again? Absolutely, 100%! One of the many obstacles you face as a photographer is of course camera expenses but also gaining clients as a small business owner. It gets hard but one thing I never did was give up. I kept trying and trying, until I got to where I wanted to be. Overall, I got to where I am today, because I mastered to stop being in my head. I learned to just put myself out there and to expect the unexpected. It was a chance for me to show this gift I had, and see how my pictures feel to a random person. I went for something I was excited about, wrote down goals I planned on attaining and worked day & night to fulfill the vision I had for my business. However, I will say I am not done with that vision yet, there is still room for me to grow and to level up throughout my life. Lastly, one of the lessons I grasped along the way is, to take risks, be consistent, start off small and stop adding unnecessary stress to your progress. Some things take time and it is okay to remain patient and hopeful on your journey, the comeback will always be 10x better than where you started. I want the world to be inspired by my story and give people a sense of hope during these trying times. As far as my work, I am most thrilled about the many different services I will start providing within the next year or so. I am also delighted to get to work with new clients that discover me whether through the web, my social media pages or even through a friend. On the other hand, I am proud of how far I have come, the ups and downs, the new adventures in the city, stepping out of my comfort zone, etc. I am constantly growing as a photographer as well as a person and I love every step of it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s a great question.. I would probably take them to the High Museum first cause there is always beautiful shows being displayed there. Then probably go to Ponce City Market and take some dope pictures there. Next head to Atlantic Station for some retail therapy and amazing food. Then for that following day, we would probably hike up Stone Mountain in the morning and go to Playa Bowls straight after for an amazing Acai bowl. Later that night, probably go dancing and go eat at one of my favorite restaurants Bahama Breeze. As far as the next few days, me and my best friend love taking pictures, enjoying soothing vibes and having great food. So more than likely I would take some pictures with my best friend throughout Little Five Points and explore what the city has left to offer. Lastly, for the final day we probably would just hang with each other at my place and then go out for drinks later at Uncle Jack’s Tavern.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shoutout of course God first and foremost! Without him, I honestly do not know what I would be doing right now. I also want to shoutout my family here in GA and NYC, my mentor Rosemarie Carroll, my fellow photographer friend Brian who always pushed me and knew I was capable of much more than I thought. In addition, to my best friend Trese for always sticking beside me, encouraging my dreams and being supportive throughout my whole photography journey. To my church family and my Pastor, Ronald Jennings, thank you for giving me the experience to take photos out of my expertise and trusting me to bring your vision to life. I could honestly go on and on but this would be as long as a newspaper article lol..

Website: https://www.noelportraits.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noelportraits

Image Credits
Cornelio, Julian, Taylor, Angie, Stefanie

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