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Daily Inspiration: Meet Iris Savoy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Iris Savoy.

Hi Iris, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
How did I start? I always enjoyed taking photos as a child. As an adult, my passion for photography happened when I decided to serve my former church photography ministry.

At this time, I had no camera, so all I could do was assist the ministry with downloading images from CDs to the church computer server. Over time, photographers left the ministry for various reasons. I had to learn to shoot church services and other events with Canon Rebel DSLR, and then I purchased my DSLR.

In 2010, I created my photography business with a combination of my first name and nickname, Iris Nikki Photography. Over the years, I have shot everything from church services to weddings, parties, concerts, and landscapes. You name it, and with 99% accuracy, I probably shot it. I love being behind the camera and capturing life moments.

This year I have niche down my photography offering to Brand, Concerts, and Special Projects. Niching down my services gives a better experience for myself and my customers. I will be able to focus more on delivering compelling images, and my customers are getting a more personalized customer experience.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road has been bumpy like DMV Beltway bumpy. LOL!

When I look back at when I first started photography, God and my desire to make the business work have pulled me through.

I had haters, clients from hell, mean church folk, financial struggles, career changes, and personal tragedy. Being a business owner is not going to be an easy street, and it would be best if you learned to handle the bumpy ride.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Monday through Friday during the day, I am a Print Distribution Coordinator for Giant Food in Hyattsville, Maryland.

I have over 20 years of print and advertising experience with companies like Giant Food, The Washington Times, Capital Gazette Newspaper, and Katz Media. After work, I am the owner and photographer of Iris Nikki Photography, a branding, concert, and specialty company based in Southern Maryland.

I shoot Jazz and R&B concerts in the DMV area. This year, I am adding branding and specialty shoots to my niche. I want to assist business owners in designing images for their companies. I am known for taking detailed images of life moments.

I am most proud that I could keep my business open despite many obstacles and roadblocks. I like to be more personal with my shoots. I want to know who I am shooting. What is essential for my images to work for them?

What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
The most important lesson I learned along my journey is to believe in yourself. Nobody believes in you if you don’t believe in what you do as a creative or business owner.


  • Branding Sessions start at $625

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Image Credits
Denise Benson Photography and Iris Nikki Photography

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