I am Alyssia DeAnne, a 19 year old artist, photographer, and creative.
Since I was little, I was creative, whether it was drawing pictures for my teachers everyday, taking photos, painting, doing anything creative. It had always been a hobby, but not something I thought could be come true or be a career. After all, Black girls in underprivileged communities are not encouraged to go into nontraditional careers. However, when Spike Lee hosted a disposable camera photography competition, in which I was one of four winners, I understood that she had a potential.
In high school, I experienced a lot of mental health challenges and obstacles that heavily impacted my creativity and personal motivation, so I was very inconsistent for some time. Sophomore year, I took a film photography class, then a college level course at the Art Institute of Chicago, and enrolled at a few art programs at the Hyde Park Art Center. By my junior year her craft progressed and began building exactly what you're looking at now, thanks for the support and encouragement of others. I say all the time "I was my own worst enemy" because it took forever to realize that I had talent in photography and something to give to the world.
My goal is to make people happy, feel confident, aware, and so much more. My love for photography is deeper than the picture, it is technical and full of story. As a creative, there will always be room to grow, explore, and create, so there's so much in store. I'm young, have always been a "hustler". Nothing in life was given, and nothing came easy. While I am a full-time photographer, I have so much in store and will only expand from here.
Stay tuned, I promise you won't be disappointed <3