Deanndra Ross is a 27 year old native out of Fitzgerald, Georgia and also a mother. "I have always had a passion for crafting - whether it was painting, DIY home projects, food, or home decor. Besides from creating things.-" She said. Besides enjoying crafting Deanndra says she also enjoys other arts such as music and dance.
In April of 2017 she established The Ladybug Factory. "The Ladybug Factory stands out, we offer so many things in one place. We offer customization for an array of items, candles, and home decor," Deanndra explained during the interview. In March of 2018 she decided to expand The Ladybug Factory by adding in "MOOD". Mood is a clothing brand that allows her customers to express themselves.
"What made you want to start your business," I asked.
"At first owning my own business wasn’t on my career path. After spending semester after semester in college I realized that, I couldn’t see myself actually enjoying what I was going to college for or any other field. So I did some soul searching and asked myself what makes me happy. So of course crafting/creating was one of the things I really enjoyed doing. So I decided to make my career out of something I really enjoyed and was passionate about," She told me.
Just as there are situations in our lives that encourages us to put an end or to begin something, there is also things and people who motivates us through the process. Without these people we may start to have doubts or even feel like we want to give up. My family has been my motivation when it has came to my goals and career so I asked Deanndra who are some people who encourages her. "My daughter, London, is my biggest motivation to continue with my business. Not only to help with my duties as a parent financially, but it also create a foundation for her and my future children so I can pass it down to them. Then there’s my aunt, Aris, she has given me so much encouragement since the very day I started. She gives me that extra push that I need when I become discouraged. To have someone like her on my support team is truly a blessing."
Since starting her business Deanndra has faced many challenges but she has also faced many accomplishments. In March, The Ladybug Factory celebrated it's one year anniversary followed by releasing it's brand Mood in April. Recently she had one of her Mood t-shirts go viral on Facebook, this post reached about 3 thousand plus shares along with gaining 1,000+ page likes and followers within 24 hours.
We sat and we planned this shoot for about a month before we actually did it! Originally we were going to do it at a regular spot in Fitzgerald. After talking and doing some looking on Pinterest I loved photography that were inside of laundry mats, so I ran the idea by her and she loved it! We reached out to six young women to do the session with.
All of the women were AMAZING! Kasey was one that I had to shoot with! She was beautiful and had a personality to match. Jaikirah was our youngest model, she was a pro in front of the camera. I asked my three little sisters to join the shoot Kyra, Jasmine and Markia. I was already use to shooting with them so they made the session go by even smoother. Then I had the pleasure of shooting with Dacia who's actually a professional model out of Albany, Georgia. I couldn't have asked for a better group of young women.
The final question I had for Deanndra was were there anything else she would like to add, she said "I would like to thank everyone who has supported my business and brand. I wouldn’t have gotten this far without their support because every share, like, refer, and/or purchase has played a major part in what made my business what it is today!"
This photo shoot helped Kamia Portraits reach over 4.1K people. With over 40 plus shares, this session had the internet going CRAZY and I love it! Thank you Deanndra Ross and also the team that we put together. I can't wait until we collaborate again. I've made not only a business relationship with Deanndra but also a friendship.
"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose." - Bishop T.D. Jakes
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