We continue our Creative Chat series today with the talented Sacia Matthews, a wedding and boudoir photographer who hails from Charleston, South Carolina. A former high school English teacher, Sacia has built her business from the ground up the last four years and has recently had one of her wedding galleries featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. Our team has been swooning over her thoughtfully crafted and fairytale-like photographs. Continue scrolling for some of our favorite images shot by Sacia in addition to our Q&A with her.

What are you most proud of?

I’m so proud of truly building a business that is reflective of me, and my dreams.

What is currently inspiring you?

Currently, I’m inspired by travel (cue the sad tears for lack of travel this year!).  I’m day dreaming of all the tropical destinations that we can safely visit when things calm down with COVID-19.

How are you practicing?

Creativity? In my work, being creative at times can be so easy, but other times, so challenging.  I try to stay inspired by shooting one thing for “just me” every week.

Kindness (towards yourself and others)? Serving our clients well is what we practice within my business, so I work by staying flexible and open to our clients so they can lean on me during these challenging times of navigating a wedding and protecting others during the pandemic.

Discipline (your work, your health, your routines)? Setting routines is super important to me. During the quarantine order, I started working out and focusing on my health as a way to stay busy and not get sucked into just staying at home.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given and how do you try to implement it in your daily life?

“People will forget what you said, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel,” by Maya Angelou.  I try to make each conversation I have with someone intentional, and like they’re the only person in the room or the only client I’m dealing with.  I never would want someone to think I made them feel small, and although I’m sure in human nature I might have done this in the past, but I’m really focusing on showing people grace, and making them feel incredibly loved.

Who are other Black business owners and creatives that inspire you (and that we should make sure are on our radar)?

Gosh, so many, and I love the space they’re being given right now.  Some of my favorites are Roxane Bellamy Events,

The Tiny Tassel,

and Motherland Essentials.

We’re seeing a surge in physical correspondence as there is always something special about receiving a hand-written note and people now have more time. If you were to send a physical note to some of your Instagram friends, who would they be? (please include their Instagram handles)

There is something so special about a hand-written note for sure! I would send one to @natashacoylephotography, @carolinedbrown and @lovecraftevents

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