Today we’d like to introduce you to Naomi Cromartie.
Hi Naomi, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I have always been what most would consider and artistic person. Growing up I loved everything that required me to use my creativity. Whether it was in school or as a dancer. My true passion was dance up until I was 21 years old. I traveled the country training and competing in just about every style you could imagine. But I also enjoyed photography classes in school, designing and creating dance gowns, drawing, painting, and also played a little guitar here and there. The arts as a whole have always had my heart. Never in my life did I think I would own my photography business though. I went to college for business and minored in entrepreneurship, but definitely thought I would be owning my own dance studio or something along those lines. Which I actually did for two years right out of high school. Life brought me to Florida and my desire to own a studio no longer existed. I got married in 2014 and we started our family shortly after. Once having my first son I knew I wanted to be home with him, but I still wanted to do SOMETHING for me. And it was totally a God thing. I felt Him nudging me to buy a camera and just start taking pictures, so that’s what I did. I took pictures of anything and everyone. I learned rather fast what type of photography I did or didn’t enjoy. Working with women lit a fire inside of me so here I am, a personal branding photographer for female entrepreneurs as well as boudoir! Like I said before, I never would have thought I would have my own photography business but I’m so glad I listened to God’s nudge because I truly love and am so passionate about what I do.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Smooth road? As an entrepreneur?! Is that possible? No, but in all seriousness this hasn’t been a walk in the park. When anyone takes a leap of faith into something that they really know nothing about it will definitely have its bumps and rough patches. I had so many learning curves it’s not even funny. I had never used a DSLR camera when I felt the nudge to get into photography. I was starting at ground zero. And multiple times I found myself wondering if this is really something I wanted to pursue. A lot more than taking nice pictures goes into running a successful photography business. However, I am so glad I stuck it out. I am a firm believer that the things in life that are the most rewarding can often times have the most struggle. They require the most fight. I also have the greatest support system in my husband, family and closest friends so that’s a game changer. I know for a fact I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without them.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
For the most part I focus on personal brand photography for female entrepreneur’s but I also offer boudoir. I LOVE helping women bring their vision for their brand/business to life through images that capture everything that embodies who they are and why they are so passionate about what they bring to the table. I also love helping women feel confident, bold, FIERCE in their own skin. There is just something so empowering about embracing the body that you are in and getting to be a part of that experience with ladies is so fulfilling. It sets my soul on fire honestly! When women walk away from a session with me feeling like the beautiful, unique, QUEEN that they are, I know I have done my job. I always tell my clients that these sessions are ALL about them. I’m just along for the ride and to be their personal hype lady! I’m pretty good at that part.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I think what I like most about our city is the diversity. There is so much beauty in diversity and I think it’s about time everyone starts to embrace it. We can learn so much from each other. It’s about time we stop feeling threatened by the things we are not familiar with and seek to learn. Be eager to grow. And we can only do that once we let our own walls down and remove the blinders. Besides traffic during rush hour there really isn’t anything I don’t like about our city.
- Personal Branding starting at $399
- Boudoir starting at $299
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: naomireneephotography.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/naomicromartie
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naomireneephotog
Naomi Renee Photography