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Small Biz Bites IG Live: Erica Payne of EP Photography (Part 2)

Updated: May 12, 2022

And we're back! I enjoyed chatting with Erica so much, that I had to bring her back. We didn't get to everything the first time around. I mean, we only had an hour. Before we get into our IG live, let's review our history together.

A few years back, while attending PPA's Imaging USA in Nashville, TN a young lady approached me out of the blue. There was a small group of photographers hanging about and we just got to talking. It turns out this young lady was a photographer who resided in Austin, TX. Austin? Austin is a hop, skip, and jump from Arlington, so meeting new neighbors is always great.

The first time around, Erica and I discussed investing in quality photography. And I love how she added "quality" photography to our conversation. There is a difference, and we both understand that we all attach values to different things. What we didn't get to during this first hour was the job of being a black woman photographer and operating a portrait photography business. Again, being a talented portrait photographer, Erica Payne of EP Photography is a portrait photographer located in Austin, TX. She is a mother and a black woman living an extra life.

We had the best conversation regarding operating as a black businesswoman and holding our space in the photography world. There was talk of tokenism and taking advantage of opportunities created to promote and grow small businesses. Click this link to watch our IG chat: Small Biz Bites IG Live with Erica Payne. This was a great conversation and one we truly need to pick up again in the future.

Erica's work is exceptional and I highly suggest you follow her on Instagram: @urbanmodernchic. I also recommend checking out her website at EP Photography.

It's May, and we have a host of other small businesses to host. Again, if you're a small business owner or know of a small business we need to spotlight, send me a note: contact G.

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