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Daily Inspiration: Meet Domonique Hassell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Domonique Hassell. 

Hi Domonique, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
When I was starting high school in Las Vegas, NV, I saw photography was an elective and thought, “that sounds interesting, why not?” What I didn’t know was how much that simple decision would affect my life forever. I instantly fell in love with the craft and knew that being a professional photographer was to be my dream career. After high school, I went straight into college at The Arts Institute of Tampa and began my journey towards my bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Photography. I spent those four creatively challenging, fun-filled, inspiring years learning the craft more in-depth. I was able to get hands-on experience working with other amazing photographers, organizations, and professors that taught me composition, lighting, and technical skills in ways I never thought would be related to the topic at hand. With that, I was able to finish my degree strong and confident with my new professional skills, and now I’m working with all of my amazing clients to bring my creatively intriguing ideas to life! 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road to my photography career has been a long one full of obstacles. Discovering what makes a photograph truly impactful was like putting pieces of a puzzle together. It isn’t as simple as snapping a photo with a click of the shutter. You have to consider everything from composition to the angle of the lights hitting your subject. Even something seemingly simple, like finding a someone to model for one of my class projects, was a huge challenge at times. With photography, it’s always a race against the clock to have everything align exactly the way you view it in your mind. Bringing that perfect photo, you envision into reality is much more difficult than you’d think. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a photographer, I specialize in creative portraiture. I’m known for creating outside-of-the-box compositions and bringing out the complex and colorful worlds I imagine. I’m most proud of how far I’ve come as a photographer and a creative. Through the last eight years, I’ve struggled to find my place in my community, my craft. I’ve tried to be everything from a wedding to a food photographer, but nothing felt the way I thought it should if this was what I was meant to do. That’s until I found creative portraiture. My sense of color and attention to detail makes my work stand out among others. Partnered with my dramatic lighting and clean retouching I’m able to draw my viewers into my creative mind through a photo. 

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
There have been plenty of times I’ve taken a risk working on projects through the years. Being a creative, you never know how your audience is going to react to a photo set or how much attention it will get. I think being an artist is all about taking risks and making what you want to make regardless of how other people will perceive it. Art is a way to express your inner emotions. The best things are on the other side of fear. 


  • Portrait session: starting at $400

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Image Credits
Hailey Warren
Gabriela Mendoza
Jaylen Fennell
Briana “Blue” Murphy
Antia Rodriguez
Sydney Renae

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