Imiivo Photo Studios (which stands for infinite memories in, infinite visuals out) is a portrait photography studio that specializes in Legacy Portrait Experiences and Personal Branding for the modern woman who wants to feel empowered, transform her confidence and celebrate her journey, in business and in life.
We’re on a mission to help you honor your worth and unleash your superpower, through the power of a portrait.
It’s more than just an image.
We are a Black Woman-Owned business.
We are a full-service, Black owned photography studio.
At the turn of the 20th century, it was a big deal to have your portrait taken, no matter who you were. For my ancestors and other marginalized groups, this was an even bigger deal because having your portrait taken and displayed in your home symbolized dignity, pride and progress of people who were once regarded as less than. It symbolized visibility in a society that at deliberate times regarded marginalized groups invisible. My family doesn’t have many images of ancestors before the mid 20th century. And I believe that visible legacy is important for generations behind us to see and interact with.
Portraits are more than just images or digital files on a computer. They are history, memory, transformation, moments, celebration and a journey recorded for generations to come.
Our mission is to ignite inspiration, action and reconnection through portrait photography. We take a human-centric, minimalist portrait approach to our photography where the focus is learning about those in front of our lens to best amplify and reflect a part of their story. We aim to make people feel seen, celebrate their visibility and celebrate where they are right now on their journey.
My mother was always the one behind the camera but rarely in front.
It never occurred to me that my mother would ever not be around. She was my Superwoman. And I took for granted that my mother would always be present to witness the many milestones I had yet to reach. After she passed away, I found myself wishing I had more portraits of the woman who was always behind the camera.
Hi, I’m Shané (pronounced shuh-nay).
AND FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCED THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE KNOWS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EACH MOMENT WE HAVE AND PRICELESSNESS OF EACH MEMORY WE CREATE.
There was a lot of her story, her journey, that had yet to be revealed. It left me more curious.
Everything I do is with thought of how it impacts or benefits my little one.
Now that I have a little talkative, forever-moving boy, more questions about her journey as a woman, a wife, a mother, a sister and budding entrepreneur arise. Was her journey, in the ways I don’t know, parallel to mine? For my little one, I think about generational heirlooms that are loaded with history and story.
What fuels me to do what I do is the urgency of honoring who one is now and the story of their journey. For present day and future preservation, from individuals celebrating generations to businesses celebrating community, we believe in amplifying stories.
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Shané K. Gooding,
Shané K. Gooding is an award-winning professional Photographer, owner of Imiivo Photo Studios and proud mother of a young one who loves running fast when he’s not pretending to be Spiderman. As a self-described empath and laid back perfectionist…in recovery, who’s sorta an introvert, her aim is to help people feel empowered, transform their confidence and celebrate their journey. She's on a mission to help you honor your worth and unleash your superpower, through the power of a portrait.
During portrait sessions, she will learn about you, guide you, even dance with you and be your biggest cheerleader during every step of the process.
She is also an exhibiting artist, former university educator, with an early career in the media industry that included Co-Producing a documentary that aired on PBS. She has been creating with a camera for 20 plus years. Her formal education and training includes NYU for Film & TV, Howard U. for a Master’s in Mass Communications and Media Studies and an MFA from SAIC in Photography.
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Oh, and she’s a grown adult addicted to gummy bears.