creative entrepreneur
photographer
mural artist
cat-lover

hot mess of an adult that laughed, cried, then laughed more through my 20's

meet me

i'm arastasia, your artsy friend

At 22 years old, I quit my marketing job and moved 800 miles away to start my business. (that's me with my studio I opened up 6 months after moving!!)

that's mimosa.
I named him after my favorite brunch cocktail, which I always joked "was my love language"

fun facts

I discovered I love to paint by complete accident when I was told I wouldn't graduate high school  without an art credit.

the irony.

I'm unbearably clumsy, hyper, & bubbly.
Some might call it my ADHD, I like to call it my quirky personality.. lol.

i have a tattoo that looks oddly similar to a white claw logo... and i happen to really love white claws.
I swear it wasn't purposeful
👀

I want to be a snow bird by time i'm 30.
I'm 29..
soooooo
 *insert panic breathing*

that's my cutie-pie boyfriend and cat, Maxwell.
He also loves cats.
enough said. heheh. 😉

i'm sappy, emotional, open minded, and empathetic to a fault sometimes, but all in all.. my big heart is what fuels my inspiration, so I wouldnt change it for the world.

At 22 years old, I quit my marketing job and moved 800 miles away to start my business. (that's me with my studio I opened up 6 months after moving!!)

that's mimosa.
I named him after my favorite brunch cocktail, which I always joked "was my love language"

fun facts

I'm obsessed with painting murals, I get lost in it for hours, it's the most incredible feeling.

I discovered I love to paint by complete accident when I was told I wouldn't graduate high school  without an art credit.

the irony.

I'm unbearably clumsy, hyper, & bubbly.
Some might call it my ADHD, I like to call it my quirky personality.. lol.

i have a tattoo that looks oddly similar to a white claw logo... and i happen to really love white claws.
I swear it wasn't purposeful
👀

I want to be a snow bird by time i'm 30.
I'm 29..
soooooo
 *insert panic breathing*

that's my cutie-pie boyfriend and cat, Maxwell.
He also loves cats.
enough said. heheh. 😉

i'm sappy, emotional, open minded, and empathetic to a fault sometimes, but all in all.. my big heart is what fuels my inspiration, so I wouldnt change it for the world.

2018 - Open a Boudoir Studio in Cleveland

2020 - Pandemic happens, I start offering Virtual Paint Classes during Quarantine

2021 - I start my self help & business podcast, Passion & Potential

2022 -  Photographing weddings in Ohio, South Carolina, & Florida.

2021 - Hired employees to expand the business & team of photographers

2022 - Mentoring other photographers & creatives to create a successful business & follow their dreams like I did

2022 - Painting murals. Continuously recording for Passion & Potential podcast

2016 - Move back to Cleveland, doing business in SC & Ohio

In all of my elementary school journals, my answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?"  was always "a photographer."

I started photography jobs right out of high school, but always knew the goal was to own my own business. In 2014 I quit my marketing job, to finally pursue photography full time.

I did things a little unconventionally, and moved to South Carolina, where I had no connections or biz-owner experience. My passion & drive, mixed with photography skills & artistry, are what fueled my success, and made me the passionate business that I am today.

In 2019 I won Cleveland Scenes "Best Photographer in Cleveland" and cried A LOT of happy tears. 

I whole heartedly love my career, and my passion only grows stronger.
Life is good.

2011 - Awww... 19 year old me with my first camera

2015 - move to South Carolina. Open my first studio 6 months later.

2021 -  Paint my first wall mural. 

2017 - start getting very niche in my business, and decide to put more focus into wedding & boudoir photography

2012 - working for other photographers, & full time in Marketing

2019 - win "Best Photographer in Cleveland"

the business backstory

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