Arastasia Renee Rolain (soon to be Gornichec! whaaaaat?!?)
I love Mermaids and whales are my favorite animal.
I love the ocean and sunshine. But I also love super gloomy days that allow me to wear pajamas all day.
I love animals.
I love animals a little too much. I want to save them all.
I'll cry if I see you cry.
I love business. I can talk business and
ideas with someone for hours.
I love "weirdo" music as my friends would call it.
I love my
boyfriend FIANCE NOW!, Border Collie, and Siamese cat.
My niece is my miniature best friend. I'M OBSESSED WITH THAT TINY HUMAN!!!!
I love to travel and visit new coffee shops.
I really really love people, I want to talk with you and learn alllll about you.
Despite my travels and living in another state, I really truly love Ohio.
About Arastasia Photography
Hello Wonderfuls. My name is Arastasia Rolain,
My name is Arastasia Rolain. I’m a Motivator and Creative Business Owner that thrives off passion, snuggles with my border collie and Siamese cat,
and a huge heart that gets the best of me at times. In 2014, I chose to follow my dreams and go full time with opening a photography business, in
which I did name after my very odd and unique name, Arastasia. I now, currently, own a studio in Cleveland where I spend my days creating magic,
and supporting local business with too many cups of coffee. You’ll find me photographing weddings and incredible women
that embrace their bodies through boudoir! When I’m not behind a lens, I love to hold meetups and connect with other entrepreneurs to learn about
their goals in life and hopefully put a smile on their face. I believe kindness is the way to run a business and with a good heart and amazing
marketing, we can all join in to strive for success
My Back Story
I grew up in Cleveland and later moved to the suburbs of Lake County where I graduated from Fairport Harding Highschool. I have 1 older brother, 2 younger brothers and 1 younger sister. I've wanted to be a photographer since I can remember and If you look through my sixth grade journals you'll find "goals" pages filled with photography of my little siblings. My mother actually bought me my first camera which was the inspiration behind all those captured images. The photographs are hilarious to look at but still special to me none-the-less. My senior year of high school I got my first photography internship where I received the best advice of my life.
"If you want to pursue a career in photography, get a business degree."
At the time it sounded boring, but that's exactly what I did. To prepare for my future, I created a series of paintings of which I submitted for an art scholarship and displayed at (HS) graduation. I was granted a $1,000 scholarship. I used that check to purchase my first camera. During the early years of adulthood I continued my education, got a full time job in Marketing, a part time job in photography, and started building my own portfolio and skill sets. I actually surprised myself with how much I loved marketing and everything that goes into running a business. Now that I'm older I sit back and chuckle because that really shouldn't have been surprising.. I actually remember a time where I was creating "desk posters" and "goo balls" in 6th grade for my class mates and charging them .50cents each. (face palm) I had to quit that "side-job" once my teacher found out and prohibited me from using rubber cement for my "incredible goo balls." (lol) 3 years after working in my marketing-office job, I finally said my quits and went full time with photography. I found the courage to do this by up and moving to South Carolina (a little drastic.. I know) 6 months after I moved, I opened my first storefront studio. I absolutely loved the South and I loved my studio, but the more long-term I thought, the more I knew it wouldn't last. I am a family gal, and I love love love my siblings, I love my niece, I love my beautiful mother, I love my Mamaw that I used to spend every single Sunday with, and I'm also so fortunate to love my
boyfriends Fiance's family that literally treats me like their own. So now.. fast forward to present time and here I am. Following my dreams, embracing my little Entrepreneur self, and capturing special moments behind the lens of my camera. I hope to meet you and to most importantly,
I hope photograph you.
The love of my life, and now fiance, Justin.
He's patient, he accepts my need for adventure, he is kind, we've been together 4+ years and he still gives me head rubs every morning before work and tells me "good morning gorgeous." He makes me feel like the most special girl in the world, and every day I wake up grateful for him.
I can't wait to share my own wedding journey with you guys.
A belief I still have with me from my childhood is:
In another universe, where you weren't a photographer you would be:
What is your strength, but also your weakness?
Your spirit animal is & why:
Advice for a new photographer:
Your one guilty pleasure is:
Most Valuable Possession is: (can’t be camera)
A social cause you're super passionate about is:
Someday you want to: