Hi! I'm Phelicia- creator, artist, and founder of Next 2 Venus.
I love sunshine, music, and art in any in any form, so creating films and final images is right up my alley. I have an obsession with the Tree of Life. I grew up in Washington state before making a couple of cross country moves, including Mississippi, Maryland, and finally Nevada. As a native Washingtonian, I have a love for good coffee. It doesn’t matter that I live in a desert, I like my coffee hot.
I have three babies. All girls. No, I am not trying for a boy. Three little women are quite enough for this family! They are so much of my inspiration when it comes to my career and the different paths I have journeyed. My oldest is the reason I picked up my first DSLR and later opened Photos By Phelicia while living in Maryland. I have a bachelors degree in business management, but quickly learned I hate the corporate world. After a brief stint with a fortune 500, I realized the only way I wanted to work was for myself. So, here I am, doing what I love!
After attending my first home birth (and almost catching the baby), I decided the birth life was definitely for me. I signed up for doula training, earned my certification in lactation counseling (CLC), and opened Earth Mother Baby. I love supporting women in labor. My favorite place to be is in the birth space, wherever that may be.
Over the years my passion has gravitated heavily towards photojournalism. I love to photograph life and all it entails- the good, bad, and ugly. Not every story I tell through my lens is a happy one, but that is life and I feel even the ugly or sad stories need to be told.