Dahyembi Neal is a photographer born and raised in North Chicago. She is currently based in Milwaukee where she studies advertising and public Relations. Dahyembi is a mostly self-taught artist. The portraits she creates are captivating to look at, striking and atmospheric.

Is there something new that you've started doing in the past 4 months? In the last 4 months, I have begun writing down goals and positive affirmations to myself. The goal can be super tiny or even huge, but either way I write it down, set a due date, and get to achieving it. Ever since I've done that, I've been able to meet 98% of my goals and it feels great! Same thing with affirmations, I either write it down or say something nice to myself in the mirror. It helps a lot with me staying motivated, confident, and having a clearer head space.

 What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up? The first thing I think about when I wake up is what I have to do for the day. It's just a way for me to organize everything before I get up and get active. Being that I am a procrastinator, sometimes I have to put myself in check haha! So organizing everything when I wake up helps a little bit with that. 

 Who do you think needs advice and what would you like to tell them? For photographers who are just starting out, my advice to you would be research as much as possible about your craft, be patient, and truly love what you do. I feel as if I wouldn't have made it this far without those three things. Research is fundamental for just about anything, but in this case it helps you understand your business better. Patience is key because success doesn't happen overnight. Lastly, loving what you do is essential because pure passion is always visible in your work. 

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