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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tranise Foster

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tranise Foster. 

Hi Tranise, 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 backstories with our readers?
I got into doing video at a young age by working cameras for services at my church, but I never saw it as more than just service. It wasn’t until someone asked me to make a commercial for them as a favor when I had no editing experience at all that I began to even think about creating video. From that one favor, I began to take interest in editing and shooting video, I got a job working as an editor and then from there, I was hired at a local news station as a studio tech. One of my managers saw more potential in me and suggested that I switch to a position more suited for my passions that being a news photographer. Though hesitant, I took the leap of faith and applied for the position which I was able to obtain, making me the very first African American female news photographer at our station. In this awesome position, I have been able to expand my knowledge and skills as it relates to the news and news stories. That eventually led me to go into business for myself, capturing events and moments that I found personally interesting and from that, I formed my own production company, ShootHer Productions. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. Being self-taught has always made it harder for me to place the appropriate value on my talents. I have been extremely fortunate to have amazing opportunities that have allowed me to further my skills as well as my impact and for that I’m grateful. Also being the first of anything, while amazing, comes with its own set of issues those typically include having to constantly prove your worth, creating your own lane, and making a space for yourself in an area that has never considered your specific needs along with just learning how to trust your own voice and stand in your truth 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a videographer. I capture video of all types from events to music video concepts to dance videos. I make it my mission to partner with my clients to ensure that they get the very best product from my work from beginning to end. I strive for excellence and quality in everything that I do. Currently, my portfolio is more dance-based due to my clientele but I specialize in the creative experience, in the process of taking your visions and making them into realities in video form. Currently, I am most proud of a personal video portrait that I did for a friend. It allowed me to give voice to an issue that affects many women and give people insight in an educational and informative way. It was the first video portrait that I had the privilege of doing and the response to it has been overwhelmingly positive. I am different from others because anyone can take video, anyone can edit but not everyone can make their clients feel considered and involved throughout the entire process. At ShootHer Productions, you get more than a videographer, you get a creative experience. 

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk-taking?
Risk-taking is a vital part of any success story. I had to take the risk of applying for a job that I didn’t feel properly qualified for which led me to changing the entire trajectory of my career and ultimately my life. Simply put, risk-taking is when you choose to take an opportunity before you or others believe you are ready, but in doing so you intentionally commit to doing your best, being your best, and rising to the occasion. If you take no risks, you choose a life of monotony and routine; without risks, no dreams have EVER come to fruition. To achieve your dreams, you have to risk your normal. 

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