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We had the good fortune of connecting with Cassandra Pyles-Trebar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cassandra, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process on starting my own business was actually a total accident if I’m being honest, and looking back I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My story started out while I was in college for my pre-med degree. I was a full-time multi-major student with plans to go on to medical school and then out into the field to save lives. I loved my path and was so excited to become a doctor, but about halfway through school, my life changed completely when I ended up being diagnosed with an autoimmune kidney disease and told I would need dialysis or a transplant in less than a year.
Getting a serious medical diagnosis, alters the path of your life completely and for me personally, mine meant I could never become a doctor. From there my timeline quickly turned from diagnosis to treatments, dialysis, and a complete upside-down flip of my life. While I knew I couldn’t become a doctor due to my new circumstances, I did decide to continue on with school during my dialysis treatments and my wait for a transplant. Two years later, I ended up finishing my degrees despite the challenges and naturally, I was so proud of myself, but at that point, I had no idea where to go as my intended life’s path came to a very abrupt end.
During this time, I was still doing dialysis treatments and waiting on a transplant list with no end in sight so I was in a state of limbo and felt like I had no way forward.
While limbo can lead to a lot of feelings of nothingness, it also affords us the room to expand our view and see things we never thought possible before. It was there, in that space that I found photography. I picked up a camera and wanted to capture the world around me and the beauty it holds even in the little things.
Long story made shorter, after picking up my camera my search for capturing beauty lead me down the path to starting a business and capturing the beauty of my client’s stories and memories. I added a little *spice* when my sisters asked me to try out boudoir with them and the rest is history.
I loved the way I was able to capture the hearts, souls, and beauty of the women I love, and when I saw their lives, marriages, and confidence improve, I knew that I could do big things to help women in today’s society.
Having received my second chance via an organ donor in 2015, I now run a full-service luxury women’s empowerment photography studio and I couldn’t imagine my path turning out any other way.
With a full team of amazing women by my side, a fabulous client closet to dress every woman, and 7 years of training under my belt photographing all bodies, I am blessed to be able to guide women on their journeys to self-discovery, growing their confidence, learning to love the skin they are in and embracing their inner Goddesses.
Starting my business may have been an accident, but I truly believe the universe knew exactly where I was meant to be and when I leaned into letting go everything fell into place.
Looking back, I wouldn’t change a single moment of my “accidental entrepreneurship” journey. I’m beyond blessed to spend my career serving hundreds of women a year, changing lives, flowering the earth with seeds of self-love, and reminding every woman who walks through my door that she is and always has been enough. <3
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think one of the most unique aspects of my art is the way I capture the subject and extend their souls right into the images.
I meet every subject exactly where she is on her journey and capture her as the truest version of herself.
In my studio, I create an expansive safe space to be free, to explore, to discover, and to lean into your truest self. In doing this, I facilitate the kind of environment that allows my subjects’ hearts and souls to be reflected back at them in their images.
I see many photographers capture their subjects beautifully through their lenses, but I do things a little differently.
Rather than using my camera as a lens, I use my camera like a mirror. Through my art, I empower my clients to see themselves with the unbiased eyes of someone who doesn’t see their flaws or their insecurities. Due to this, my work reflects their true selves and I am often told that my images feel like they were taken by the subject’s best friend or someone who loves them.
While I love the technical aspects of photography and visual art, my true sparkle lies in my ability to empower my client’s to be unapologetically themselves and shine the way they deserve to.
The journey of self-love is never easy, but through the challenges I have personally faced and my years of experience photographing all bodies, I am blessed with the ability to not only create beautiful photographs of my clients but to facilitate healing, guide them on the next step of their journey and change their lives.
I’ve learned so much along my own journey of healing, self-discovery, and acceptance and I am so thankful I am able to serve my clients as someone who knows exactly how they feel and has been in their shoes. It truly makes all the difference.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Frankie, my family and friends, my organ donor, The Ohio State University transplant team, my studio team, my wonderful clients, and everyone who believed in me along the way.