We had the good fortune of connecting with RaQuita Weathers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi RaQuita, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Over the last seven years in entrepreneurship, I have learned many lessons. One being that passion can’t be the only substance to running a successful and profitable business. As the creator of Lifestylish Magazine a breakout passion project, created from my photography passion, I found that connections with the right people and having resilience will get you in new doors. When I was starting out, I was hungry for my passion in dance, however it did not transfer into monetary rewards that could sustain my growing family. I transferred my energy into my newest hobby, photography, and made that my main focus. After three years of hard work, development, hiring a business coach and building a community, I can now see the fruits of my labor, effortlessly.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Lifestylish Magazine was created to provide a platform for entrepreneurs/creatives to proudly share their gifts in a print/digital format. Initially it started a passion project during the beginning of the pandemic. I was learning so much from my clients during our sessions, that I felt they were leaving so much of theirs stories hidden from the public. The truth is, you can only share so much on a social media post (that will keep an audience’s attention). I started this magazine with the help of my then client, turned writer, and now Editor, Ashley King. I knew it would take a village to pull this off and with the help of my community in the Atlanta area and even in other major cities, this project has grown tremendously.
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?
Places that I love to visit since living in Atlanta, would be the Painted Pin for a fun night out, Little Alley Steak for a fancy dinner evening as well as the Southern Art Bourbon Bar. Taking a walk in Piedmont Park whether it’s slightly breezy or warming up, is always a fun trip in the city! If you’re into coffee, check out Rev Coffee in Smryna, GA.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In January 2021, I joined the Momentum Mastermind Group and it was by far one of the best decisions I could have made for my personal life and professional career. The Momentum Mastermind is created by Dr. Tomayia Colvin and she’s created a safe space for black photographers to grow and thrive within a community.
Other: Check out Belle Rouge Photography too @bellerougephotography and www.bellerougephotography.com for our photography services.
Images captured by Shanicka Roberts, of Shan Roberts Photography