Best Black Photographer in Houston | Dr. Tomayia Colvin

Dr. Tomayia Colvin is a Black photographer in Houston and was a classroom teacher for more than ten years. She’s been an educator on Creative Live, WPPI, Imaging USA, United hosted by Showit, and a host of others. Her doctoral studies included the study of the success of Black women photographers, educational and organizational leadership, and community. Here are some of the highlights of her professional recognition as a Black female professional photographer here in Houston.

Black photographer in Houston | Dr. Tomayia Colvin Personal Accomplishments

CW 39 News Article (High School Seniors) 

“You don’t plan for a flood. You don’t plan that a natural disaster is going to happen to your house and your family”

Tomayia Colvin

NewsFix Staff posted this article last May 14, 2016. Dr. Tomayia Colvin was featured in this article because she volunteered to take senior pictures for students who were victims of the Tax Day floods. She took the senior photos for free. Click above to check the actual article. Title, “Picture this – free senior pictures”

Black Enterprise 

Kandia Johnson posted this article last November 22, 2017, titled “WHY THIS WOMAN CREATED A PLATFORM TO SUPPORT PHOTOGRAPHERS OF COLOR.” Black Enterprise, just like Dr. Tomayia Colvin, promotes diversity, equality, and inclusion. Here are some of the questions answered by Dr. Tomayia Colvin during the interview.

Black photographer in Houston | Dr. Tomayia Colvin Personal Accomplishments

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in your industry, and how are you working toward making that change happen?

“The lack of diversity at conferences, workshops, podcasts, and features across the photography and creative industry. One day after sending an email to suggest speakers of color for a conference, it occurred to me that if I wanted to see a change in speaker lineups and conference attendance, then I needed to be that change. I needed to have a platform that supports photography speakers of color and diversity. Tomayia Colvin Education, my online photography site for photographers, course attendees have the opportunity to learn skills on marketing, business, photography, editing, and much more from a diverse team of instructors for an affordable price.”

Since launching your own business, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

“Always believe in your dreams even if you’re the only one that believes in them. Sometimes your dreams are so big that it scares you, your family, your significant other, and sometimes your closest friends. Regardless of the opinions of others, never give up on your vision—no matter what.”

What’s your best advice for someone looking to launch a business in professional photography? 

“Practice your craft and believe in your vision. Always be a lifelong learner and continue to take courses, workshops, and attend conferences to better yourself.”

Black News Web

“A Woman on a Mission to Host the First Ever Photography Conference For Black Photographers.” Posted last August 23, 2018, that talked about “The Cookout,” a conference by Dr. Tomayia Colvin that features all-black photographers for them to establish their business to bridge the gap in the photography business.

Black photographer in Houston | Dr. Tomayia Colvin Personal Accomplishments

“Opportunities for minority speakers to speak at large conferences and black photographers to network don’t come every day.”

Tomayia Colvin

Rangefinder Magazine

Dr. Tomayia Colvin was featured in the Rangefinder Magazine in 2018 in the article written by Jacqueline Tobin with the title “Toffee & Honey, a Photo Magazine That Promotes Diversity and Inclusion.” This magazine is an extension of Dr. Colvin’s education platform, Tomayia Colvin Education, which aims to feature photographers of color.

“When I don’t see opportunities to showcase their amazing work, I create them myself.”

Tomayia Colvin

Professional Photographers of America

In the October 2016 issue of Professional Photographers of America, Dr. Tomayia Colvin was also featured for her high school senior images. The article was titled “Tomayia Colvin knows high school seniors.” Click the link above to see the full article.

Black photographer in Houston | Dr. Tomayia Colvin Personal Accomplishments

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