1. Akia Ng: Akia & Company
There’s nothing quite like looking at a photograph and suddenly getting that rush of exactly where you were at that time. In some cases, from one shot you can remember what meal you had that day or a joke that someone told that made you cry with laughter. Akia knows this feeling all too well and considers those moments to be pure magic. As a long term lover of photography, she has developed her skills over time, starting from school projects and club promotion. In more recent years, couples, engagement sessions, portraits, and bloggers have become her main focus.
Akia has spent a long time soul searching to come to the realization that her passion lies in helping others live theirs. Whether that means helping a blogger grow their brand or documenting a love that’s about to come into it’s own, she’s all in. The “Co.” of Akia and Co. is her husband and their curly haired little boy (Nugget) who will more than likely be at the shoot with you. Birthing Akia and Co. in 2014, she is excited about the growth of her company, in addition to her own personal growth as she is allowing herself to be open to expansion into other areas. Fairly priced and a genuine joy to work with, you will still be gleaning over your photos after years of experiencing that magical feeling from your photo session with Akia and Company (I’m a living witness!).
“My desire is that every person I walk with leaves the shoot having had a great time. One of the biggest compliments I get is when a bride to be texts me on her way home saying her fiancé hates pictures but he can’t stop talking about how much fun he had or can’t believe how good the images turned out. I want people to be proud to show off their images.”
2. Dawn Marie: Divinely Couture
A native of the bay area of California, Dawn Marie is a carefree and beautiful spirit with a keen eye for all things beauty. A few years after relocating to Atlanta, GA in 2010, she was awakened to her passion for holistic beauty which led her to attend school and launch her business, Divinely Couture. Dawn is a licensed cosmetologist, sister, friend, and beautiful worship leader. Aside from the professional skills learned in cosmetology school, Dawn has a rare ability to touch your spirit as she beautifies your face and hair. She has an uncanny ability to listen and impart life giving words that enable you to leave with an uplifted demeanor.
Dawn is available to beat faces for weddings, events, photo shoots or even just a date with your love. She has a natural ability to style many different textures and can do any style from sew-ins to locs. Book with her now at her website below!
“I’m here to change lives, one face, one head, one heart at a time. I want everyone to know they are fearfully and wonderfully made! It all starts with loving on yourself.”
3. Jessica “Jayh”McCauley: A Different Definition
A Different Definition (ADD) LLC is a 3-layer organization that focuses on the beauty, love, and life of women through music, media, and discussion. ADD was created by Philanthropist and Singer Jessica “Jayh” McCauley, to help people set a new standard of beauty, love, and life. A self love enthusiast,Jessica has a true passion to inform women that they are the standard for their own beauty. In a world of suggestive images, women should look within as opposed to comparing themselves to the media’s standard of beauty. As a stunning and well known singer in the artist community and abroad, Jessica has seen first hand the pressures to become a societal version of beauty. She wants to challenge people to free themselves of their insecurities, and embrace themselves completely.
ADD hosts sessions for their followers and outside groups as well. Brunches, self love summits, relationship panel and more, ADD brings people together for the cause of loving themselves and loving others genuinely. Summits are great for team building and self empowerment. Invite ADD to your school, church, organization meeting, or your home today!
“Too often we allow mass and social media to determine how we feel about ourselves in several areas of our lives. That includes self-image, love, personal goals, and even happiness.”
4. Kerrionne Philips: Cultivating Kerri
Health & Wellness
Cultivating Kerri, LLC was birthed in April 2015 as Kerrionne Philips became enlightened to her strong desire to change the world. With a passion to help build healthy communities, Kerrionne has realized “in order to build healthy communities, we must build healthy individuals.” She considers the term “healthy” to encompass all aspects of the human being; spiritual, physical and emotional. Thus, she created a company to help people live well. A native of New Orleans, LA, Kerrionne is best described as a perfect combination of southern charm, cajun spunk, and eclectic style and personality.
In her ability to deliver potent truth with pure love, Kerrionne provides wellness coaching, development of healthy shopping and budgeting strategies, and group and individual wellness sessions. Consideration for total health is a rarity in the black community and Kerrionne is one of few to not only address it, but provide practical solutions! In addition to information regarding her services, Kerrionne provides blogs that provide information on health and lifestyle. Learn more about how to become a client at cultivatingkerri.com!
“I think naturally as humans, we struggle with balance. I have seen people be really successful physically whether through appearance or career, but struggle emotionally or spiritually and vice versa. I think if we loved ourselves enough to truly care for ourselves, we could better love the world around us.”
5. Martine Bibanga: La Blessed and Trè Chic Image, Curating, & Consulting Company
Fashion & Image Consulting
A Haitian- American native of Miami, FL, Martine grew to be an intelligent and ambitious young woman. She gained her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a M.Ed in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment (CIA) in education, and a Ed.S in Educational Technology. She worked several hours in and out of the classroom teaching, tutoring, and sponsoring young children from the elementary level. A few years ago, she found herself suffocating in a box that she desperately desired to break free from. Making a complete career change, Martine decided to go back to her secret loves: fashion and design. Her passion is what drove her to become the founder and owner of Blessed and Chic LLC, a fashion & lifestyle Blog and the owner of La Blessed and Tre’ Chic Image, Curating & consulting Company.
Martine is always fashionable and has chosen to take that love and knowledge of fashion to any and everyone she can reach. She is able to take one piece of clothing- say a simple skirt- and provide you with at least three different ways you can style and wear it. Seriously, try her. She acknowledges that every woman and man has their own style and their own perfect fit. Allow her to assist you as you find, develop, and embrace your very own style.
“Fashion isn’t just limited to popular trends that are trending nor is it just defined by the type of clothing you wear. Fashion is more than that! It is a lifestyle. It is YOUR lifestyle. It’s who you are when people aren’t around, it’s your personality, your manner, integrity, your respect for others, your truths, and most importantly your overall being.”