All images taken by Travis Levius
In a Nutshell:
August 2009- 4 Months into Pursuing Photography…
ONLY 1 Month of Owning a Professional Camera
I became the main event photographer for Bravo TV Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Deshawn Snow.
My entire summer of 2009 was spent researching photography skills and high-profile events in Atlanta. My eyes and ears were sensitive to any website, newsletter, magazine, or flyer that had to do with fashion shows, galas, or other events with upper crust individuals. One day in August, I picked up a small, complimentary Atlanta magazine that I never heard of (Connect) and read through until I saw a summer event listing with Deshawn Snow’s 2nd Annual Gala information.
As usual, I did extensive research to identify the coordinators and inquire about receiving a media pass to cover the event. My main intent at that time was just to be there and take photos for my own portfolio, and of course network with the movers and shakers in the city.
August 20th, the day of the event, arrived…and in the morning I received a phone call from the lady that granted me access to take photos of DeShawn’s 2nd Annual Night of a Thousand Stars Gala. She tells me how there was a mistake with the gala’s program because it had listed ME as the event’s main photographer/sponsor instead of just a media person.
A photographer by a different name was supposed to take care of the event and of course be appropriately listed in the program as the in-kind sponsor. However, she said, this could potentially work out because she hasn’t been able to get in contact with that photographer so she’ll have to consider him a no-show. And that’s when she uttered the words that sent me flying-