We had the good fortune of connecting with Ty’Reanna Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ty’Reanna, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The interplay of light and personality drives my creativity. I fell in love with photography when I was in undergrad but as a creative outlet. It was only in the global pandemic, I had time to sit with myself and do some much needed introspection. I dared myself to turn what I loved into a business. My process was doing it while scared. I knew photography to be male dominated and I was sure that Atlanta did not need another photographer. However I knew Atlanta needed me so I dreamed big and developed an entire Digital Media house that host, photography, videography, production, social media management, and content creation.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It feels good to coin myself an “artist” It makes me feel like Zora Neale Hurston!
I am a real person so I practice authenticity! I think what makes me different in my approach is, creativity isn’t my outlet or hobby. It is my lifestyle and practice. it bleeds through my personality and shows up in my appearance. I seek to be a brand so I modeled my life and everyday practices in creativity. Sounds good, doesn’t it?! I’m glad, because it was birthed out of a lot of sleepless nights. I remember not knowing if I was even good at this because I had no clients and then BOOM! More than I had room to keep. God has been kind! Though it was rough I was committed to seeing this through because I believed in myself and I wanted this just like I wanted to breathe. So I did it scared and it has been the scariest and most fruitful journey. I’ve learned there will be days when you will have to borrow other peoples faith in you. The storms will not stop coming but like my best friend always reminds me, neither do the rainbows! So I keep going!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If there is one thing I love about Atlanta it is food! Some of my favorites include but not limited to Bartaco The Iberian Pig , Curry Up Now, Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours, Yardhouse, and Gyu-kaku Japanese BBQ. I recommend their entire menus!! love Atlanta because of its rich complicated history. I love going around the city and seeing the different murals in areas like Kirkwood or old fourth ward Piedmont park and old fourth ward park. Apex Museum for the historical treasure it is. Sweet Auburn and it’s rich history (and the amazing food in the area) Center for civil and human rights. Atlanta has soul!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I love this question because I am a product of a powerful village of Black Women.
So I say to my mentor, Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson, She unlocked something inside of me that is beyond words. It’s one thing to have a mentor who implores self expression, it is another when they provide a platform for it. My mentor is my safe space for creativity and personhood, that is a gift that I want for every woman like me. To have someone in your life who see you and believes that everything you create is pure gold.
To one of my best friends, Tiffanie Mackey. For how she holds me accountable for me. Tiffanie was the one who told me to dream big dreams and I’ve been dreaming them ever since. Tiff deals with “creative congestion” that eventually through talking it out turns into “Creative Combustion.” another gift unlike another
To every client that has ever given me a “Yes”
and lastly to my village members, you all are my muse!