Tonya Dailey – A Single Mother Who Turned an Exciting Hobby into a Professional Career

Here at Afro Puffs and Ponytails, we like to present various careers and role models to our young African American Girls. Today, we present to you Tonya Dailey, a professional photographer.

Afro Puffs and Ponytails: Tonya, please tell us a little about yourself.

Tonya Dailey:  I am from Sugar Land, Texas which is about 15 minutes from Houston. I’m a single mother of two boys, ages 12 and 14 years old.  I also have a dog named Sebastian that I dearly adore.  Before getting into photography, I was a student studying forensic science. I wanted to be a crime scene investigator/photographer. When I’m not out shooting,  I love to spend time at home with my kids and just having down town watching movies.  I’m also a huge social media junkie and love Facebook and Twitter.  My passion is working with children with down syndrome and getting them exposure when it comes to modeling. I want the world to accept these children and not look at them differently.

Afro Puffs and Ponytails: What type of business do you have?

Tonya Dailey:  I’m a professional photographer specializing in commercial and editorial style children’s photography. I like to capture children being children, they open up more and show expression when they are allowed to just be themselves. Clients who hire me for portrait work, book me based on how I am able to capture those natural unposed images. I also specialize in professional headshots for child models & actors.

Afro Puffs and Ponytails:  Please share with us the inspiration behind your business?

Tonya Dailey:  My inspiration came from my grandmother who gave me my very first camera as a child, I have always had a passion and desire for photography since I was about 10 years old. Once I had kids, I really got into photography full time and turned what was a hobby into a career.

Afro Puffs and Ponytails: What are some of your goals for your business?

Tonya Dailey: My goal for my business is to go from portrait to strictly shooting commercial and editorial jobs. I love shooting portraits, but my passion has always been to shoot advertisement.  I’m already doing magazine work and I really love it. With magazine work, I have more creative freedom to shoot how I want which is awesome.

Afro Puffs and Ponytails: What advice do you have for young African American/Black girls?

Tonya Dailey: When I talk with young black girls, I encourage them to set their goals high and don’t let anyone tell them they can’t achieve their goals. There are so many black girls who have a lot of creative flare, but most of them don’t get the opportunity to show it because they lack resources or someone out there that’s willing to mentor them. I wish I had a creative mentor when I was growing up that would have pushed me more when it came to photography. I think I could have been a lot farther in my business if I had that extra push.

Afro Puffs and Ponytails: Thank you Tonya for sharing  your career with us. We want to encourage you to continue to strive for excellence and success!

 

To find out more about Tonya, please visit the following:

 

Websitewww.tonyadaileyphotography.com
Blog: www.tonyadaileyblog.com
Twitter: @tonyadailey
instagram: @thereal_tonyadailey
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/tonya-dailey/25/206/733
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyadaileyphotography

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