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Check Out Kresheera Helaire’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kresheera Helaire.

Hi Kresheera, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Since adolescence, I have had an insatiable interest for photography. I remember the initial joy in receiving my very first camera one Christmas. Although it was just a Barbie model (with film) back then, it felt just as real as my Nikon does today. Family gatherings were never quite the same as I spent a lot of time snapping relatives, myself, and an assortment of random things. As the years passed, I eventually graduated to the Kodak disposable cameras and then digital.

Once I enrolled at The University of North Texas, I decided to major in Broadcast Journalism. While there, I was able to not only learn about storytelling and videography but still photography as well. I normally wrote and filmed my own stories for class; which eventually led me to briefly write for UNT’s newspaper.

Afterwards, I accepted a position as the lead content creator for the school’s Division of Student Affairs. Essentially, the job combined photography and news reporting all in one role. I was responsible for capturing the many campus events led by and/or created for the students. I also ran the school’s official social media accounts. One would say I practically had a camera glued to my hands throughout my college experience.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
After graduating college, I tried my hand at YouTube and freelance photography. However, in between various 9-5s— it became difficult to find time for the things that once fed my creative spirit. I got stuck in the ‘Adulting Cycle’. I went to a job that paid the bills, came home to eat, sleep, wash and repeat the next day. Plus, the pandemic didn’t exactly add sunshine to anyone’s life. I was stuck inside wondering why I wasn’t where I thought I should’ve been.

The consistently constant annoyance was my subconscious asking me why hasn’t one of my hobbies turned into a hustle already (i.e. another source of income). I was also forced to come to terms with the fact that my adoring grandparents who raised me (both living with diabetes and other ailments ) were becoming much older by the day. I felt (and still feel) that I owed them so much and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever have the time to give it to them. It wasn’t long before I allowed the negative thoughts to consume me and I started to spiral into a state of depression.

Mental Health was never a topic of discussion in my family. Any mention of it and you were hushed with religious anecdotes that were meant to provide reassurance and comfort. Unfortunately, those tactics just make a lot us feel as if our issues are trivial and invisible to others. It certainly created a sense of loneliness for me. I just became so overwhelmed with sadness throughout the day…and really every day after.

Till one day, I’d finally grown tired of breaking into random bouts of tears for no apparent reason and I made the decision to seek help. Therapy has been my shining light at the end of a very dark tunnel. I credit my sessions with reigniting my passion for photography and my discovery of (unapologetic) self-confidence. It’s the reason why I now have my own brand (The Erialeh Experience) and studio space.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I find my happy place in music, writing and any time I pick up my Nikon. I used to call myself “the Insomniac with lyrics and a camera.” I’d find myself awake at all hours of the night and early morning—either crafting lyrics for an original song of mine or fiddling with an Adobe program (mostly Photoshop, Lightroom or Premiere Pro). My creative spirit always kept me energized when I should’ve been asleep (until I found Melatonin of course).

I think I am most known for my new photography brand (The Erialeh Experience) and my debut single (“Sorry Another Day”). I am equally proud of both achievements. I no longer feel that I have to be one dimensional because that’s the complete opposite of who I truly am. I’m learning to trust that God will make a way for me to pursue my passions collectively.

My future is filled with endless possibilities so I am hopeful and grateful for every opportunity that will come my way.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
I look back with such fondness when I remember how awesome Christmas was for me as a child. It wasn’t exactly traditional since I handpicked my own gifts while shopping with my grandparents. But nothing made me more excited than adding to my music collection, buying more film and having the leg up about my other relatives’ gifts.

Getting a new CD meant spending hours singing to my friends on the phone the next day (they’d even join in sometimes) and I loved it. Then, of course, finding film for my camera was the literal icing on my Christmas cake! I always looked forward to capturing an unsuspecting family member, a cute new school outfit or some random—yet memorable moments with friends.

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Kresheera M. Helaire (The Erialeh Experience)

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