Today we’d like to introduce you to Rika.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Rika. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am originally from Detroit, MI but recently moved to northern FL to pursue my dream of expanding the Lavish Touch Photos brand. A few years ago, I was working in the corporate world but was in search of an outlet for my artistic side. A friend of mine was looking for a photographer for a family event but she couldn’t find one. This was the perfect opportunity to not only help a friend in need, but to also step out on faith and try something new. After feeling comfortable with the camera and learning about different techniques, I was ready to shoot my very first event. Wha la… that’s how Lavish Touch Photos was born, and the rest is HERstory! Fast forward to today, I am a traveling photographer that specializes in destination weddings and events. I’ve had my photos featured in magazines such as Essence, Detroit Ambassador, First Coast Register, and The Knot! I have even had the opportunity to work with several celebrities! Blessings on blessings on blessings!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Absolutely not! The road to becoming a strong photographer has been more of a roller coaster ride at a theme park, lol! Starting a business from the ground up is not an easy task. It took an insane amount of trial and error to figure out what the best direction for me was. I had to study and analyze everything about my business, including how I wanted the Lavish Touch brand to look and feel. My career background is in Information Technology and learning the business side was a learning curve. Nonetheless, I stayed focused on my goals, stayed true to my vision and strive to be better every day.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lavish Touch Photos – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company.
I’m super proud of the hard work and dedication that I’ve put into my business and into making the day memorable for all my clients. I’ve recently won 2019 The Knot Best of Wedding for my wedding photography – two years in a row winning such a great award! I have captured weddings in MI, OH, GA and FL but my ultimate dream is taking my talents internationally. My most recent feature was with a podcast called Hustlenomics, where I discussed why I said YES to myself and how I am living within my purpose! Check it out here: https://www.hustlenomicspodcast.com/blog/60-learning-to-say-yes-to-yourself-and-live-within-your-purpose
There are so many amazing photography companies in this area, what makes you stand out from the crowd?
My mission at Lavish Touch Photos is to capture every detail to make your photo unforgettable! I enjoy adding personal touches to my photos that comes directly from the personalities I work with. At Lavish Touch Photos, I develop a photo experience that is unique to the client. It’s not about me replicating a style but exploring ideas and planning a theme that is truly one of a kind. I also assist in all areas of the photo experience! I help with timeline creation, recommend vendors, location ideas, wardrobes selection that are perfectly matched for their photography session. I am most proud of being able to capture special moments and knowing that I am lucky enough to play a small role in making the memories from client’s special event last a lifetime!
Do you feel like our city is a good place for businesses like yours? If someone was just starting out, would you recommend them starting out here? If not, what can our city do to improve?
I believe Miami Beach is a great place for a business like mine! Miami is a top destination spot and a prime location for destination weddings. Miami Beach is a lively area with great beaches and beautiful scenery – what more could you ask for!?
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My next big goal is to become an author! I mentor up and coming photographers now, but I dream of helping other photographers on a larger scale. I am also developing a virtual workshop for brides. With working closely with brides, I hear their struggles from planning their wedding. As one of the key vendors involved in the wedding day, I know firsthand areas that need the most attention and tips of how to make the wedding day flow as smooth as possible. After all, it’s about enjoying your special day, celebrating your love, and creating memories with friends and family!
- To learn about pricing and services for your event or wedding, please contact Rika at Rika@LavishTouchPhotos.com!
- Website: www.LavishTouchPhotos.com
- Email: Rika@LavishTouchPhotos.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/lavishtouchphotos
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/LavishTouchPhotos
Lavish Touch Photos, Cara Chanel Photography (my personal photo)