We had the good fortune of connecting with Destiny Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Destiny, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Never compare yourself to anyone EVER and everyone started from somewhere. Clients come to me for a reason whether it’s the way I edit, how I present myself, how I interact with them and help them create a memory that’ll last a lifetime. I would always compare my work to other photographers and it did nothing but make me doubt myself and always question “Why?’ Why am I doing this? Or I will never shoot or edit like this. I’m sure every photographer asked the same when they started, at least I did. We are our biggest critic but at the end of the day we must remind ourselves that we have a gift and we were meant to do this!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m still trying to find myself when it comes to being different from other photographers, it’s definitely challenging to go against so many talented photographers who have been doing this for years but honestly wanting to be a photographer has brought nothing but lessons and such joy even when it’s challenging. In the beginning of my journey it was not easy at all but I gave it my best. I am also still working a full time 8-5 job which isn’t easy at all but it pushes me to work harder so I can do photography full time. I learned not to be so hard on myself and to be patient, I look at my work from when I started to now and I’ve progressed so much in a year. It always makes me think of where myself and my business will be as the years go on! I want the world to know that I always had my doubts and wanted to give up so many times but looking on what’ve accomplished so far, I know that I can’t stop here I must keep going!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being that I visited Phoenix, Arizona for the first time ever just in November of 2021 for a photography retreat hosted by the lovely Kassidy T. (@KTKollections), I didn’t have much time to explore due to us having an itinerary for the whole trip. I am hoping to come back sometime in 2022 just to explore Phoenix! I can say that the biggest regret I had was not going to the Hole in the Rock at Papago Park to watch the sunset! It’s my dream to do that the next time I visit!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I picked up my first camera in 2016 thanks to my mom. She originally bought the camera to capture my brother’s football games and once I started playing around with it, I fell in love with photography. I wanted to take pictures of everything. You name it: flowers, the moon, my family, etc. I eventually took a break from photography, but returned in 2019 when I met my boyfriend D’Angelo. I remember him asking why I stopped and him telling me that I should get back into it, and ever since then I’ve been offering my services, networking with other photographers, traveling and creating friendships with both photographers and clients. Thank you to my loving mom and boyfriend, without sparking my passion and pushing me to get back into photography I wouldn’t be here!