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

Hi Neysa and Tabari, how do you think about risk?
Neysa: I’m actually pretty risk-averse. Historically, I think about every decision that I make with every possible scenario taken into consideration. Life, on the other hand, can put you in situations that force you to take risks because the alternative route is one that I can’t accept. When I thought about becoming an entrepreneur, I didn’t do it for the same reason that people love to cliff dive. I did it in order to build the life that I’ve always wanted. Accepting any alternative sounds devastating in comparison.

Tabari: I have a bad history with risk. Many of the risks I took early in life rarely paid off. In my first creative venture, I took drawing classes. After one or two classes, the teacher ghosted us. I was 9 or 10 years old and it crushed me. That taught me to never get too excited about anything or anyone lest they let you down. This may have been an overreaction but I was hurt. This trend would follow me into adulthood to where I still don’t get excited about something until it’s actually happening. It has caused me to lose friends and opportunities. After a series of unfortunate events in 2019, I promised myself I would strive to overcome this and go for what I needed to be happy. This is why I’m taking the risk to become an entrepreneur in order to prove to myself that I am worth betting on.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our business and brand are largely inspired by our relationship. Our partnership is one of equity, safety, and elevation. We bring those values on set and when we engage with our clients. It is imperative that our clients feel celebrated, comfortable, and confident in the services that we provide. As photographers, the best way to get quality results doesn’t end with our equipment and expertise. Our results are just as much driven by how we make our clients feel throughout the entire experience from planning all the way to delivering the final product.

Although it was intuitive for us to create these warm environments and interactions, the challenge was in finding how to create systems around that process that allowed us to operate effectively. Every photoshoot is an opportunity to reflect on how we can improve our workflow. We also do a lot of practice photoshoots at home or with friends which helps us to grow in that area.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1: We would definitely start the week with an awesome weeknight dinner at Bocca Lupo followed by a walk on the beltline – just as an excuse to pick up a treat from King of Pops on the way.

Day 2: The next night would be perfect to have a reservation at Little Bear and order everything. Afterward, we can walk right across the way to Big Softy for a huge helping of soft-serve ice cream as the sun sets.

Day 3: We can’t have a week-long visit without watching a movie at a local Theater like Landmark to find a foreign film like “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”. Since we’re in midtown now, we can stroll over to Piedmont Park to unpack the movie and take in the views. The midtown day can have a nightcap at the Lawrence. They never disappoint with cocktails.

Day 4: A night in Atlanta isn’t complete without Kimball House. Get a Chartreuse tonic and thank me later.

Day 5: A perfect week would include the last Friday of the month which means we’re headed to Chil Studios for their monthly polaroid battle. Nothing, but good vibes and creative cloud 9.

Day 6: Because God is on our side, we would also have a reservation at the Garden Room in Buckhead. That is the epitome of magic in the Atlanta food scene.

Day 7: Lastly, (you guessed it) another restaurant, but this place is absolutely an Atlanta must-see/visit/go/all-the-things. We have to go to Lucian Books and Wine to unleash our inner book worm and have a memorable dining experience.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Huge thank you to Jarrett Stieber, owner of Little Bear in Summerhill. They were the first restaurant to work with us. We also met a significant portion of our network at #fourofour ‘s meet-up at Chil Studios hosted by Bhargava Chiluveru (aka B. Chil). They’ve done an amazing job creating an environment for creatives to get together and inspire one another.
Also, our first client Shari Griffith, founder of Soaps Atlanta has been a dream to work with and really set the tone for how we structure our business.

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