Total loan: $2,000


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Pittsburgh, PA, United States / Arts

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A loan helped to purchase/replace aged lens and flash which will allow me to continue to create beautiful images.

Gail's story

I moved to St Croix with my mom from Trinidad and Tobago at the age of 14. I joined the US Army at 19, as a photographer. Many say I wasn't the Army because I was a photographer however even as a photographer I was a solider first. I was very much into the physical fitness of Army life; I was selected as PT solider of the month in Camp Zama, Japan, and Ft. Bragg, N.C (I wasn't trying to be that just enjoyed PT). To this day I still enjoy physical activities, I attend spin classes and other exercise classes at the local "Y". I think it keeps me youthful. I would say my mom was my biggest influence in working for myself. After the Army and a very short employment in NYC at a photo lab, she convinced me to sell real estate. This gave me my first taste of "self Employment" and control over ones path. Though I had a broker, I created my own hours and was responsible for obtaining my own clients. I understand that you get what you put into being and independent contractor. My experience as a realtor gave me the courage to want to be my own boss. I also, began a Vegan Baking business in Philadelphia, which did very well, but I seem to always come back to photography. I'm not rich, but I'm comfortable and enjoy the control of being an entrepreneur. I the splendor of the colors of my native Trinidad and Tobago's carnival and the carefree lifestyle of her people have influences my desire for photojournalistic style photography. Just be "You" is what I tell my portrait clients. I would like to continue create beautiful images of people of color and one day have an exhibi