Today we’d like to introduce you to Darry Israel.
Hi Darry, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My journey in photography started way before I even knew that I would grow to be a photographer. Born and raised in Haiti, my grandma would visit us periodically. Whenever she visited, she would buy and bring one of those old Kodak film cameras and for some odd reason thinking back on it, my parents trusted me to take the photos.***Their trust gave me the confidence to continue being the family photographer. However, as I got older writing became my creative outlet. I wanted to write books and do lectures etc. But God had other plans for me, at the age of 18 I moved to New York City. My mother fought really hard for me to get into a good high school instead of having to take the GED because of my age. It was all in the plan because that’s where I joined a photography club to embellish my resume for college. There I met the love of my life, we dropped out of school and decided to get married and build a family. After the birth of our daughter, my wife decided to pursue her dream (Singer/Songwriter) I picked up the camera once more. What at first started as me being a supportive husband became more than a hobby. I cannot see myself doing anything besides photography. Once I realized I could connect two of my favorites talents. The choice was clear.
We built a brand from the ground up so that one day our daughter would understand the beauty and importance of chasing her dreams. Running the business in NYC was awesome but this move was essential to what we want to accomplish for ourselves and our little one. Thus far Atlanta has been kind to us and continues to be.
**** (In my culture, when a diaspora/ family member that visits from overseas, they have to take photos to bring back to the other family members overseas. It s almost a requirement to take good photos.)
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My journey has not been an easy one although I am grateful for all that has happened through and through. My biggest struggle remains my team. It has been hard finding reliable people, trustworthy teammates that believe in winning together. It’s been tough finding a space to house Approved Visuals. With that, you can add all the doubts and the letdowns that came along the way. When you believe in yourself and capabilities you just have to keep pushing. I am also determined find a home for the business.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I refuse to put myself in a box because I will end in one involuntarily one day. I am most proud of my self-published poetry books (Journey To The Next & A Hundred Letters for a Word). My wife was the inspiration behind both because she helped me find my voice again. After moving to the US, I didn’t think I could still write since French & Haitian Creole were the language I was taught to write and read in. I sell and exhibit my landscape photos. I also screen write as well as video productions. Last but not least, I have a clothing line. What sets me apart is that my business and my overall vision is multi-faceted.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson I have learned along my journey has been to not look in others for what can only be found within.
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