with her camera, of course.
with her camera, of course.
niki: give me 3 words that describe you.
tosha: eclectic, fun, groovy
niki: when did you start photography? and what’s been the best/worst things about having your own business?
tosha: i started about 7 years ago just shooting my kids and for friends and family but started my business about 5. the best things are flexibility in my schedule and being able to do what i absolutely love. the worst is actually managing the business side and stepping out of the creative side of the brain to actually get BUSINESS done.
niki: where do you draw inspiration for your photo sessions?
tosha: usually high fashion magazines, pinterest has been a huge huge inspiration and a time killing beast! i try to put a twist on a high fashion ad and make it family friendly. my favorite photos are the ones that speak to me. whenever i can look at it photo and it instantly brings out some type of emotion whether a smile, laughter, an awwwww, an um um um..fierce or even a tear i know i have done my job. the best compliment is when a client writes back after they’ve seen their slideshow and says how it made them cry. mission accomplished. i don’t want to be known for JUST taking pretty pictures, but photographs are art that bring out emotion.
niki: who’s your favorite photog?
tosha: dang just one ;-( well if i had to choose one it would definitely be david lachapelle. i know weird huh, but his over the top and edgy photos and the way he just really thinks outside the box make me scream YES!
niki: what creative power do you wish you had?
tosha: i swear i am waiting for the day that the camera lens was really be my eyeballs and i would be bionic camera woman. i would see the image, set it up in my head, compose the image and blink and bam there would be the photograph saved to the hd in my head. i know it’s coming and i would sell my firstborn for it (just kidding..or am i!)
niki: best music (song/artist) to get your creative juices flowing?
tosha: hands down deee lite! (told you i am groovy.)
niki: any advice for new photographers?
tosha: be yourself by all means. really try to understand your own style of photography and work the hell out of it! start with a business plan and give equally to both sides of your business, the creative side and the business side and you will be successful fo sho!
niki d. is the former editor of a national publication (sister 2 sister magazine), formerly the manager of a now-defunct web community for moms (momslikeme.com) in the dc area, and she’s also formerly single and childless. but alas, her knight in shining (or not so shiny) nikes came through and they married and added another child to their madness (she’s a stepmama!).
mamasgotmoxie.com was created in 2007 as a way for niki d. to express herself creatively, to keep family members entertained with the adventures of her young son dutch and she thought maybe she could make a buck or two in the process. while the first two things proved very successful, she scored poorly on the success chart of monetizing her blog and it’s probably because of her randomness.
she’s okay with that.
this moxie chick digs rainy days, stormy nights, pink cotton candy, her husband’s wicked sense of humor, her son’s laughter, her stepson’s coolness, rockin’ fedoras, pralines and cream ice cream from baskin robbins, actually having time to read a book, songs with beautiful lyrics, burning incense, jeans, jeans and more jeans, not having to cook dinner, extra sweet tea, puffy clouds, driving with all the windows down, big sunglasses, bangles that jangle, long drives, good friends, picture taking, walking on the beach, nyc, ol’ school music, painting, shrimp tacos, watching her son dance, long skirts, short dresses, acoustic guitar, soul music, watermelon, funny movies, writing, conversing with loved ones, bold fingernail polish, artists, period films, long naps, strolling through eastern market, being a mama, white wine and saturday mornings…