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

Hi Malia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Looking back I feel as though taking a risk always scared me, I battle anxiety so obviously I’m not going to be super big into taking risks. I spent the past three years working a full time corporate job while also managing my photography business. I was miserable during that time and wanted so badly to go full time with my photography, but I was terrified to take that risk. It’s very scary to take risks especially right now in this stage of life that we find ourselves in. My husband begged me for months to take the risk and leap of faith and jump into it full time, so I did and I have not looked back since! Risks are always going to be scary but the reward is so worth it, it’s so much greater. I’ve truly been blessed since taking that risk and following my dreams to my passion!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
So, I’m a photographer based out of Alabama. My main area of focus has been mainly the wedding world. I typically average 20+ wedding per year. However, I’ve recently fallen in love with family sessions and maternity sessions. I’ve taken a few mentorships on family sessions which have helped me grow in that area so much. Honestly, if you would have asked be three years ago if I’d be where I am today, I would have laughed but here I am. Grateful to God. Becoming my own boss and being self employed has not been easy, but the challenges have been worth it. I’ve learned to be my own trendsetter, not to worry what others in the industry are doing, but to do what I love and the clients meant for me will come to me. My work isn’t your average “say cheese” type of work, and I’m happy about that. I want to be a trailblazer in all areas of life.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hmm.. Well, I’m in a small town in Alabama so we are limited. Ha! We would go to all of the restaurants down town that have gorgeous aesthetics (because I’m a sucker for that), drink mimosa’s and just catch up on life. I’d have my small mirrorless camera attached to me because we must always document a good time!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are a lot of people that I would love to shoutout for helping me reach the level of success that I have. First, I want to say thank you to my husband, he’s been my biggest fan since day one. There were times when I fell short of believing in myself, but he always lifted me up and he always will. He provides with such confidence in my work. Thank you, babe. My mom, whom is always a phone call away. I can’t thank her enough for all she has done for me! My brother, Mitch, he’s always supported my career! My Pop, oh my Pop. My grandfather is one of the most important people in my life. He gave me roots and wings, he always pushed me to do my best. Each morning he FaceTimes me and its the highlight of my days, he never fails to mention how proud of he that he is. My family has been my rock! Friends– it’s so important to have a group of friends that cheer you on! You have to surround yourself with those that want the best for you, that want you to succeed. At the age of 33, I can say that I finally feel as though I have those around me that are perfect for me. You must have a hype team! Tiffany Radnitz, Jen Pierce, Maria Caruso, Allie Salmons, Brooke Lett, Peyton Lamb,Tiffany Radnitz. thank you for always sharing my work and recommending me. Thank you for always being such a supportive backbone for me. You all mean so much in your own special way! However, ya know.. while having this great group of friends that have done so much for me, I think those few that are against us motivate us, as well. The past year+ I have been faced with bullying and dealing with unnecessary acts; and instead of letting those break me down, I used that as a building block. Motivation to do better in life and in business. I also used it to be a better person.

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Ivory and Grace Photography

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