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Meet David II and Diana Virgil of Destiny Creations Photography in Southern

Today we’d like to introduce you to David II and Diana Virgil.

Thanks for sharing your story with us David and Diana. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
David: Photography started as a hobby; for it was something I did for fun as a teenager. Eventually, I put the camera down after I went to college. I decided to pick up a camera again about three to four years ago after an old teammate of mine, Larry Walker of Skywalker Photography, offered to give me one of his first cameras. A few months after that, I started to expand my education with a few photography courses and practiced by shooting with friends and family.

Diana: I have always loved photographs since a little girl. My sister had this big box of photos that she kept in her house. Anytime someone needed a photo for an event, we knew we could find one in her box. It was not until grad school that I really took an interest in the art of photography. After being David’s model as he perfected his craft, I too, took photography courses and expanded my education in learning more. This also sparked my interest in the wedding industry for I have always loved the planning and decor of weddings. In addition, my photography interest is weddings simply because I am able to capture the joining of two lives together in such a beautiful way for years to come.

Birth of Destiny’s Creations Photography: We both knew we wanted kids when we got married; however, we did not imagine having a hard time trying to conceive. Once year one hit, and we were still were unsuccessful in conceiving, we sought medical help. At that time, Diana was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and later endometriosis. Due to both of these, our doctors recommended fertility treatments; which can be very costly.

Prior to starting our business, we had almost given up hope due to the money required. During our time in college, we always discussed possibly starting a photography company but did not feel that the time was right due to being newlyweds, starting our careers, and more. It was not until we went through a series of events from suffering our first miscarriage, being told we would never conceive naturally again, learning about our new medical diagnosis from multiple doctors, undergoing fertility treatments/surgery, and several other losses, that now was the time to create Destiny’s Creations.

Therefore, in 2018, we decided to open Destiny’s Creations to help bring awareness to infertility and to aid in the cost of conceiving a child through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The name Destiny was chosen as the name that we would have given our firstborn. Creations was added because we felt that each time, we created memories for others, we would be honoring Destiny. We believe that her not being here allowed for us to get to this point; resulting in why we created the business in her name. Each client we encounter turns into family because they will forever be a part of our journey in conceiving a child through IVF. Not only are we on a journey to have our first child, but we’re able to share our story with others. Once our blessing comes along, we plan to have a photo wall of everyone that we’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout our journey so that we can tell our child the story of everyone that helped them to be here. If it was not for beginning Destiny’s Creations, we both would not have been able to begin the healing process and acceptance of everything that has occurred throughout the years.

What once was a hobby turned into a life-changing experience for both of us. We always laugh when everyone asks us what we plan to do once we have our little one. We always tell them that Destiny’s Creations will continue and that our purpose will remain the same, but our goal will change from IVF to a college fund.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a business is never an easy task. There were many days where one may become discouraged, frustrated, and more. However, our purpose kept us grounded throughout the process. We remember beginning and trying to secure clients. It was a very hard task; however, Diana is very business-minded and reached out to various marketing platforms to advertise. This helped tremendously. Also, moving locations and building clientele can also be a hard thing for any business owner. However, due to the connections to people like Charisse Bruin of Charisse Styles, we were able to form a team that helps with coverage throughout the Southeast of the United States.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Destiny Creations Photography – what should we know?
Destiny’s Creations Photography is a professional wedding photography service that services the Southeast Region of the United States and is available for travel upon request. Founded by husband-and-wife team David and Diana, this studio offers everything a couple needs to preserve their wedding day memories. Whether you’re planning an intimate elopement or a grand wedding celebration, Destiny’s Creations Photography will ensure you receive high-quality portraits and candids that will last a lifetime. We provide a variety of packages and à la carte options for couples of every style and budget. We can book up to a full day of coverage, delivering hundreds of high-resolution, digitally edited photos, and in addition can cater to styling needs for portraits, bridal and everything in between. No need to stress about looking your best as they capture your memories; David and Diana work hand in hand with published stylist, Charisse Bruin to assist their clientele in looking their best for any occasion. We are most proud of the purpose and foundation of our business for it has been our encouragement throughout this process. One thing that sets us apart from other photographers is that our relationship, love for each other as husband and wife, and willingness to let people into our world spills into building great relationships with our clients.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Our honesty and openness about our journey thus far has taken us places that we’d never thought we would have reached at this point. As we get to know more people, we find that they relate to our struggles and our faith. Furthermore, we pride ourselves on helping our clients feel like family through our client experience. That is also one of the more fulfilling parts of what we do.

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