In A League Of Her Own: Grambling Alum Bria Patterson Creates Graphic Design and Photography Business ‘LookAtMyFro’
Grambling graduate, Bria Patterson, began her graphic design business ‘LookAtMyFro’ while a student at GSU in 2015 after finding her passion for visual communications.
Nearly three years ago, Patterson said, “Now that I have graduated, I plan to expand my business even further.” With so many customers now describing her work as “dope”, she definitely has done that!
Why is it called ‘LookAtMyFro’? Its a self-branded company. After going natural a few years ago, Patterson’s hair blossomed into a gorgeous show-stopping fro with a very thick texture. So, I’d say its a great representation of growth!
The now Dallas resident was an extremely involved student and member of the Grambling community. When Patterson wasn’t excelling in class she was working as a staff writer and photographer for her university’s award winning newspaper, ‘The Gramblinite’.
She has covered and shot several types of stories including, entertainment, education, crime, business, sports, graduations, maternity shoots and more. She’s even shot some really great looking aspiring models!
“No challenge is too much for me,” she said.
In conjunction with working with many of the student media outlets, Patterson became a leader in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where she served as the undergraduate chapter’s Ivy Leaf Reporter.
After graduating from GSU in 2016, business began to pick up for Patterson and ‘LookAtMyFro’.
There were many affordable orders coming in with her specialties including, logos, business cards, graphics, promotional flyers and t-shirt designs.
She recently received big accolades from customer, former Mass Comm major and former Grambling State University SGA President, Erik Johnson.
“She’s the best in the business,” he said.
Being able to become an entrepreneur doing the things you love is a true blessing.
“Anytime someone talks about working for themselves, I’m all for it,” Patterson said.
Now getting to the good stuff like marketing! If you are an upcoming artist or even an author that is trying to professionally brand yourself and you need an eye-catching mixtape, album or book cover, she’s got that covered too!
Below are some of Patterson’s first book and mixtape covers.
Shifting gears to her love for photography. Model Camry Lashell Torbor, who did a really fun and creative corner store shoot with Patterson, said “Shoot with ‘LookAtMyFro’, I promise you won’t regret it.”
Although, Patterson comes up with some very unique and unpredictable shots and uses quality equipment, when shooting, she says, “It’s not about the type of camera, its the person behind the lens.”
In addition to all the media experience she has gained, she’s also captured some of GSU’s favorite moments via video. Talk about ‘a one man band’, she does it all! Check out this video shot and edited by Patterson of Grambling’s Homecoming 2017 experience.
“Your talented and don’t let anyone tell you different,” said Nadia Antoine, a friend who really enjoys her work. “I support all your big moves, keep up the grind, never stop!”
If you are GramFam or an HBCU supporter, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve already seen some of her work just scrolling through your timelines. But, if you haven’t, you will soon!
Need a logo, mixtape cover, graphic design or flyer? Now you know where to go.
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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.