Yanissa, Yanissa, Yanissa. I can’t express my gratitude to this young woman. She is a well-known, but low-key photographer, venturing outside of Montreal and coming back to take up the reigns of every cultural event, capturing every movement, every smile, and every emotion through her camera lenses.
While I know her very well, here is your chance to get to know her, and what she is about, and what she stands for.
Petrona: What is your official title?
Yanissa: Photographer, dope content creator.
Petrona: What is your greatest passion? Did that fuel you to get started?
Yanissa: My greatest passion is storytelling. Storytelling in whichever medium I feel called to use. My weapon of choice is visuals. Photography and occasionally, video.
What fueled me to get started is the will to create what I’ve never or been seldomly exposed to. I wanted to see and portray authentic and free “women of color” in ways not commonly seen in mass media. I also love documenting black culture’s diversity and sharing visuals most might not be accustomed to. I create what I want to see. Always marching to the beat of my own drum.
Petrona: What is the message you wish to convey to the world? In other words, how do you want to be remembered?
Yanissa: Beauty comes in all shapes and forms. Everything has its own signature, uniqueness. Let’s learn to embrace these differences. I’d want to be remembered as a forward-thinking individual. A creative soul with big dreams.
Petrona: Describe your business, service, or mission.
Yanissa: I’m in the business of creating visuals, stills, and motion. I capture events, notably concerts and festivals. I’ve recently shifted my focus towards portraiture. My mission is to capture black culture in its many forms.
Petrona: What is your biggest quirk?
Yanissa: I can’t stand bright lights. Lights need to be dimmed in my presence.
Petrona: What has been your biggest challenge in business?
Yanissa: Becoming business-oriented. Having to juggle the business side along with creating and delivering quality content. I feel a little more balanced as I gain more experience.
Petrona: What’s next for your business or for you?
Yanissa: “G’s move in silence, lasagna” once said the great Lil’Wayne. Who knew I’d quote him one day.
Petrona: LOL, okay so what advice would give to someone reading this?
Yanissa: Never let up on what you love, what you’re passionate about. No matter the adversities you might face on your journey.
Petrona: Your favorite quote:
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still, I’ll rise.
– Maya Angelou