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Meet Nakeya Walker


Today we’d like to introduce you to Nakeya Walker.
 

Hi Nakeya, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
As far back as I can remember I have loved creating art and taking photos. At every chance I got, I would run off with my mom’s disposable cameras. Then, every birthday and Christmas I felt I needed a new art set. No matter how old I got, those two things always made me happy and full of life so I kept them near and dear. In 2017, I was a senior at Lawrence Technological University finishing my Engineering Degree. A colleague of mine asked me to join her in starting a photography business together and I excitingly began to learn more and more. My partner had other plans, so I continued to run the business alone and then decided to make it an LLC in 2019 while working in construction for Macomb County. So, I was working as an Inspector while running my photography business and creating art in-between time. 

At the end of 2019, my Engineering career began to get more and less satisfying. So, I began constructing a plan on how to fulfill my desire to become a full-time creative artist and photographer. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road to who I am today had swirls, bumps, and bruises but I also had many highs; connecting with amazing people in my city, loving families, traveling to different states, and expanding my talents. I faced anxiety and depression soon after college from overloading myself with things that didn’t make me happy. Which in return, spilled into me writing poetry more and more. Another talent that I love dearly helped me recover. I lost my many close family members during this time to natural deaths and covid. I honestly had not lost immediate family members in such a short time before, so the grief took a toll on me. 

In 2020, I would only take pictures outside due to restrictions and personal health concerns for me and my clients. This led to my business slowing down drastically. I’ve faced monetary deficits over the years that could have taken me under if it was not for faith in God, myself, and my vision. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a painter, poet, and photographer. I concentrate mainly on people and nature for my photography but I also love architecture, cityscape shots, and current events. Most of my paintings are living things like animals and people. As a poet, I love to reflect on love, current events, and my personal triumphs to help myself & others heal. I am most known for the energy, and fun people have while shooting with me. It is honestly a wonderful experience, and I encourage people to be their authentic selves, whether good or bad, so it can be a true reflection of themselves. Which attributes to the name I chose for my business, “Prestigious Reflections .” 

I am most proud of my tenacity to not give up no matter what and continue to create art regardless of what’s going on around me. I am also proud of how diverse my work is and all the different people I have made connections with. 

I believe that my style of never putting people in a box and attention to detail sets me apart from others. My natural ability to help others see their own light despite our normal human flaws is also something I am very proud of. In my writing, I am able to tell a story where you can truly understand another person’s perspective as if it were your own. 

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
My advice to others who are just starting out is to be true to themselves. No one can be you but you; when you stand true in your own power, it can’t be duplicated. Go against the grain, and I promise you’ll find your tribe. Knowing that everything is not for everyone and knowing that it’s ok but you will find so many more like you, but only if you’re true to yourself. Also, don’t give up on yourself, things around you will change, but you should continue to be the best you and continue to create your desires. 

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Photography Artwork by Nakeya Walker & Personal Photo by Kamal Smith

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