It is National Black Business Month and as a black female entrepreneur, photographer, and creative, I had to start off my highlights of black business with women in the same field as me. Here are some of the amazing black female photographers carving out their own lane and killing the photography game right now.
Ayesha Kazim (@ayeshachasm)
Kazim is a photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa whose intimate portraits are truly authentic. Her work is influenced by multi-cultural exposure allowing her to connect with a wide audience and create work that resonates.
Nicky Quamina-Woo (@nickywoophoto)
Quamina-Woo is a story-telling photographer whose work is culturally grounded and explores community trauma. Her work illustrates the importance of representation, particularly in global stories.
Shingi Rice (@bluespit)
Rice is a self-taught fashion and portrait photographer based in London. After seeing the lack of representation while traveling, she committed herself to fill this area creating powerful portraits of women of color and people with disabilities, of different ages, and of all sizes.
Akilah Townsend (@killls)
Townsend is a Chicago-based photographer who captures portraiture, fine art, and reportage. Her work is bright and tends to appear like it was taken out of a film.
Jasmine Newton (@javonreneeportraits)
Newton is an award-winning portrait photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee. She helps women rediscover themselves in gorgeous photos
Murielle Cascone (@muriellecascone)
Cascone is a New York-based photographer who loves photographing varying subjects. She is a published photographer and participates in different extracurriculars including being a retreat instructor.
Chaunva LeCompte (@chaunvalecomptephotography)
LeCompte is a Texas-based photographer who captures maternity and newborn portraits. Her work celebrates that precious time of bringing new life into the world.
Renell Medrano (@renellaice)
Medrano is a portrait photographer from the Bronx who creates intimate portraiture that is vibrant, raw, and reflective of her heritage. She has an assortment of publications and resume of notable clients including Netflix, Dior, and Tiffany & Co.
Ronan McKenzie (@ronanksm)
McKenzie is a portrait photographer who is creative all around. Her work is characterized by youthful rebellion and focuses on the beauty of black women. She has worked with Teen Vogue and Gucci.
Adrienne Raquel (@adrienneraquel)
Raquel is a portrait photographer with a unique aesthetic. Her work alternates between soft and dreamy and strong and striking. Raquel's photographic work delves into the feminine spirit of fashion and art, particularly black women and excellence. She has worked with many celebrities including Lizzo, Selena Gomez, and Meg Thee Stallion.