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Phyllis Iller

Phyllis Iller The place where love reigns supreme and growth is key. We specialize in photography, videography, and apparel that celebrates the individuality within us.

PHYLLIS was conceived on a night when high vibrations and laughter met in owner Melissa Alexander's apartment in Atlanta, GA in 2007. PHYLLIS would grow from a nickname into a company, phyllis.iller, in 2013. dedicated to the daily mantra, "love your dope," PHYLLIS makes a point to inspire people of color to immerse themselves in self love and self acceptance, never letting society determine their

PHYLLIS was conceived on a night when high vibrations and laughter met in owner Melissa Alexander's apartment in Atlanta, GA in 2007. PHYLLIS would grow from a nickname into a company, phyllis.iller, in 2013. dedicated to the daily mantra, "love your dope," PHYLLIS makes a point to inspire people of color to immerse themselves in self love and self acceptance, never letting society determine their

Operating as usual

Last year’s mini sessions were so lovely, I thought we should do it again.✨All us mamas are different, but, the one thin...
04/15/2022

Last year’s mini sessions were so lovely, I thought we should do it again.✨

All us mamas are different, but, the one thing for sure we have in common, our growth is wild abundant. The theme for this year’s sessions is Wildflower Simplicity. Understated, but our gardens are overflowing.

Looking forward to celebrating with you! Visit the link in bio to join us on May 1st.

#PhyllisIller #MamasDay #MiniSessions #MothersDay #MothersDay2022 #ForTheMamas #ForTheMamasMamas #ForTheBabyMamas

The very dope Alfred Conteh (@aaconteh). Good conversation is key. 🙌🏾✨If you’re not familiar with the good brotha’s work...
04/14/2022

The very dope Alfred Conteh (@aaconteh). Good conversation is key. 🙌🏾✨

If you’re not familiar with the good brotha’s work, I suggest you stop sleeping! He’s nice wit it!

#PhyllisIller #PhyllisIllerPhotography #AlfredConteh

Jack came through the other day. ✨#PhyllisIller #PhyllisIllerPhotography #JackPreston #TheIllest
04/03/2022

Jack came through the other day. ✨

#PhyllisIller #PhyllisIllerPhotography #JackPreston #TheIllest

03/21/2022

Back in 2018, Rome schooled us.🤣

Filmed this was back when my home was my studio. I thought it might be cool to film folks who came by for sessions. Cause those be the best conversations. Very honest, very truthful conversations. If you let em be. ✨

#PhyllisIller #ConversationsWithPhyllis #RomeAllen #SouthernVernacular #Atlanna #AtlantaAccent #Shiiiiiiit #Gahdamn #Talmbout 🤣👌🏾

Soon Me. Michelle. Monica. Michelle. Sarah. ✨It was a bittersweet experience photographing these women, considering why ...
03/17/2022

Soon Me. Michelle. Monica. Michelle. Sarah. ✨

It was a bittersweet experience photographing these women, considering why we gathered. I cried with more than one of them. I laughed with all of them.

Their inspiration was clear: We are more than our trials. ✨

After photographing Robert Peterson for @washingtonpost last year, it’s not lost on me why the spa shooting story came back to me, even if through another publication.

Very thankful for the assignment.

Repost from @atlantamagazine

In the wake of last year’s spa shootings, Atlanta’s Asian Americans mobilized like never before. Seven community members share why this tragedy has implications for all of us. Tap link in bio to read their stories. 📸: @phyllis.iller

#PhyllisIller #PhyllisIllerPhotography #Portraiture #AtlantaMagazine

Lynsey (@lnweatherspoon) ever so casually slid this into my inbox just now. ✨ And I’m in good company, too, with @leslie...
03/11/2022

Lynsey (@lnweatherspoon) ever so casually slid this into my inbox just now. ✨ And I’m in good company, too, with @leslieandrewsphoto, @bee_alyssatrofort, @kalm.insanity, and more.

Thankful for the @blackwomenphotographers platform that @pollyirungu has created! And this especially dope because BWP has a summit going on literally right now. ✨✨✨

Also, Maiya (@muvamai26) and her babies really help me shine and I’m so thankful to be in their cipher and love on them how I can. 💜💜💜

#PhyllisIller #HeadshotPhotographer #BlackWomenPhotographers #BlackWomanPhotographer

We on AfroPunk, baby! Thank you Tai (@saintboogie) for the sweet write-up, your pen is magic. ✨ Full article via the lin...
03/11/2022

We on AfroPunk, baby! Thank you Tai (@saintboogie) for the sweet write-up, your pen is magic. ✨ Full article via the link in bio.

#PhyllisIller #PhyllisIllerPhotography #BlackHistoryBabies #AfroPunk #SaintBoogie #HelloBlackChild #BlackChildren #BlackHistory #ElaineBrown #Tupac #Ralph Ellison

Trinity is…Minnie Riperton ✨When Vee (@theveeprince) told me baby Trinity was coming as the Perfect Angel herself, I was...
03/08/2022

Trinity is…Minnie Riperton ✨

When Vee (@theveeprince) told me baby Trinity was coming as the Perfect Angel herself, I was over the moon. Minnie is near and dear to my heart, so, to celebrate her in this way, it brought me all the feels.

Peep the other sweet children of the first annual Black History Babies via my link in bio. ✨✨✨

#PhyllisIller #PhyllisIllerPhotography #BlackHistoryBabies #BlackChild #BlackChildren #MyBlackIsBeautiful #YourBlackIsBeautiful #BlackHistory365 #MinnieRiperton

Trulee as….BOOGALOO SHRIMP! From the beginning, Trulee was extremely committed to bringing Boogaloo Shrimp to life. She ...
02/28/2022

Trulee as….BOOGALOO SHRIMP!

From the beginning, Trulee was extremely committed to bringing Boogaloo Shrimp to life. She watched his documentary and was ready to spit all the facts!

Plus, Trulee ain’t new to this. She gots the b-girl flavor, extra seasoned! ✨
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When I say Black History Babies was a success, this is what I mean. ☺️ Everyone involved was ALL in.

I’m gonna share a few more pictures, but you can head to my link in bio to see more.

#PhyllisIller #BlackHistoryBabies #OurBlackIsBeautiful ##BlackHistoryMonth #BHM2022 #BoogalooShrimp #Turbo #Breakin #Breakin2 #Boogaloo #Bgirl

Amir as….NAT LOVE. ✨ His moms (@mikimomeek) is truly a wizard with cosplay, so it was a pleasure to see Amir walk in, sp...
02/28/2022

Amir as….NAT LOVE. ✨

His moms (@mikimomeek) is truly a wizard with cosplay, so it was a pleasure to see Amir walk in, spurs up. ☺️ Give my little homie a belated born day shout!!
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When I say Black History Babies was a success, this is what I mean. ✨ Very thankful to the ways both children and parents showed up and showed out!

I’m gonna share a few more pictures, but you can head to my link in bio to see more.

#PhyllisIller #BlackHistoryBabies #OurBlackIsBeautiful ##BlackHistoryMonth #BHM2022 #NatLove #Cowboy #Rodeo #BlackRodeo

Haven’t done a black and white in a lil minute….In frame: @omoladeolubowale #PhyllisIller #AllBlackEverythang
02/23/2022

Haven’t done a black and white in a lil minute….

In frame: @omoladeolubowale

#PhyllisIller #AllBlackEverythang

02/22/2022

Today was lovely. ✨ Got the chance to speak on a panel about Black joy with author Kwame Mbalia (@mbalia1) for JetBlue (@jetblue). To say the conversation was insightful would be an understatement!

Please go check out Kwame’s work - he makes stories for US, specifically our babies. 🥰

Countdown to the Pull Up Session at JetBlue’s JFK hub is in full effect…

#PhyllisIller #BlackJoy #PullUpSessions #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM

02/21/2022

To say Black History Babies was a
success would be an understatement. ✨ The parents and children showed up and showed OUT. I’m truly thankful and can’t wait to share the portraits with y’all.

Special thank you to Will (@wfjrfilms) for this video and for documenting the day. I so rarely have BTS for my sessions, this was a welcome surprise! ✨

Thank you to my two assistants Nneka (@nneka.nichole) and Txt (@blctxt) for helping me bring the vision to life. Your encouragement and feedback helped shape everything. ✨

Black History is our future. ✨✨✨

#PhyllisIller #BlackHistoryBabies #WfjrFilms #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #AllBlackEverythang

Melissa’s do it betta. 😏Throwback to that time Melissa Mitchell and I created beautiful tings. ✨#PhyllisIller #MelissaMi...
02/15/2022

Melissa’s do it betta. 😏

Throwback to that time Melissa Mitchell and I created beautiful tings. ✨

#PhyllisIller #MelissaMitchell #AbeilleCreations

A mixtape is one of the purest expressions of love. So…I made one for you. ✨Featuring music by Donald Byrd, Betty Davis,...
02/14/2022

A mixtape is one of the purest expressions of love. So…I made one for you. ✨

Featuring music by Donald Byrd, Betty Davis, 24-Carat Black, and more, it’s all thangs 70s jazz, funk, and soul round these parts. Some songs you may have heard, others may be new to you. They all feel good, I can promise you that.

Available on iTunes and Spotify. Link in bio.

#PhyllisIller #SweetSpots #ForTheLoverInYou #SingTheseSongsToYourselfToo #MixtapeCovers #MixtapesAreALoveLanguage

✨Black History Babies✨ A pop-up experience celebrating our youth, our heritage, and our joys. Link in bio to sign up. __...
02/03/2022

✨Black History Babies✨

A pop-up experience celebrating our youth, our heritage, and our joys.

Link in bio to sign up.
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While your child will receive a free portrait, this is an exercise for both parent and child to learn something new with each other.

Talk to your babies about what they like and research around that. Think outside the box:

✨Does your child like to crack jokes? Research Paul Mooney.
✨Does your child skip, instead of walk? Research Carmen de Lavallade.
✨Does your child like adventure? Research Nat Love.
✨Does your child love to paint? Research Jacob Lawrence.
✨Does your child lead fearlessly? Research Queen Nzingha.

Inspiration is endless, because we are endless.
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My daughter’s school (@atlantasmartacademy) is doing something similar and she was assigned May Chinn. Never heard her name, but, after some research, found out she was an incredible woman who was the first Black woman to graduate from (what eventually became) NYU School of Medicine (@nyugrossman). For us, May Chinn opened the conversation that led to discussing Jim Crow, racism in the medical field, Henrietta Lacks, and J. Marion Simms (“godfather” of gynecology).

All while on the way to school this morning. ✨
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Spirit told me to lead with Spirit in 2022….so I’ma listen. This is sweetness, this is satisfaction, this is joy. Expect more events/experiences that feel like this. ✨

#PhyllisIller #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #BlackHistoryBabies

Still getting this together in my mind, but….it’s gonna be sooooo cute. ☺️Would you bring your child?#BlackHistoryMonth ...
02/02/2022

Still getting this together in my mind, but….it’s gonna be sooooo cute. ☺️

Would you bring your child?

#BlackHistoryMonth #PhyllisIller

Pattern (@thepattern) came through with a simple word for this new moon in Aquarius. I know so many Aquarians (@bonitaba...
02/01/2022

Pattern (@thepattern) came through with a simple word for this new moon in Aquarius.

I know so many Aquarians (@bonitabaka_ @theenitathomas @yaminallday @1boogbrown and more) that encourage me to walk my own weird path daily. I appreciate y’all!

Here’s a couple of my favorites from January’s Growth Is Key. ✨It was about headshots, but, really, it was about everyth...
02/01/2022

Here’s a couple of my favorites from January’s Growth Is Key. ✨

It was about headshots, but, really, it was about everything that surrounds the headshots: the preparation, the practice, the self talk, the hours devoted to your craft, the hope, the dreams, the belief, the trust in self and higher.

And *that’s* where the growth lies. ✨ So it was a pleasure to see folks open up and show me their true selves, with ease. Real thankful to them for going on this new adventure with me.

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I’m thinking about making Growth Is Key a monthly or quarterly ting. Would you come to a headshot mixer?
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#PhyllisIller #GrowthIsKey #HeadshotMixer #HeadshotSession #YourHeadshotIsTheAppetizerToAllYouOffer #MakeItAGoodOne #FolksHungryOutHere

Bummed to hear about the closing of @hammondshouse - it was a lot of goodness going on up in there. I really hope leader...
01/24/2022

Bummed to hear about the closing of @hammondshouse - it was a lot of goodness going on up in there. I really hope leadership gets restored and the museum remains open. Atlanta needs an arts location thats truly about Blackness.

Here’s a throwback to the “Dandy Lion” pop up I photographed in 2019. ✨

Lots of people want to buy homes. There’s not enough homes to sell.Millions are forced to continue renting.Sound familia...
01/21/2022

Lots of people want to buy homes. There’s not enough homes to sell.
Millions are forced to continue renting.
Sound familiar? 😬
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Adan Bean (@adanbean) + Phyllis Iller are partnering to empathetically discuss the current housing market within Atlanta and the world at large. We want to understand what “home” means to you, in hopes that we can change the narratives that exist.

To submit, please visit:
• the link in bio
https://www.phyllisiller.com/home-inequity

#HomeBuying #HomeInequity #CastingCall #Atlanta

Still. 💜
01/17/2022

Still. 💜

01/14/2022

I can’t eem believe it’s been a year since Around the Way Dreams was activated. Time flies when you’re growing. ✨

What stands out so much about this is the love love love I felt and shared with the women involved. Some things have changed…but so much has blossomed. Our group chat still goes hard 😂

We support one another, we cry with one another, we celebrate our wins. We dope, we fly, we fresh. We mothers, we aunties, we sisters. We soft, we take no s**t. We growin. Always.

THAT is the essence of the Around the Way Girl. And so much more. ✨

#AroundTheWayDreams #AroundTheWayGirl #PhyllisIller

A little something different with Inas. ✨✨✨ The idea of “healing burlesque” sounds like an adventure into self, in a way...
12/24/2021

A little something different with Inas. ✨✨✨

The idea of “healing burlesque” sounds like an adventure into self, in a way that’s outside of anything conventional. Inas has more words for you to explain…

Repost from @internationalsoutherngirl

Psssst.. I've been working on a project. A sensual, vulnerable debut piece that I'd love to share with a few of you. A fusion of healing Burlesque ritual, embodiment practice and the glamour of Black Vaudeville.

Come celebrate the second night of Kwanzaa, Kujichagulia sprinkled with some Winter Solstice and juke joint magic. This show focuses on the power of vulnerability, self-determination and pleasure as we reshape our sensual journeys with self-love, culture, presence, and ta***ic acceptance.

Join me @thecreolecalico for healing seduction and ethereal, empowering music and ritual by @luna_lotuslove.

Mask up and reflect on your own journey to fullness while getting in the mood for being, giving and receiving.

Limited space + Covid protocols.

DM for event info.

Follow my burlesque only page @thecreolecalico. 🐈🐈🐈

📸:@phyllis.iller
Coaching: @atltantra & @naomiseyy

#PhyllisIller #blackburlesque #burlesqueritual
#healingthroughseduction #burlesquedebut #strongandsoft #strengthinvulnerability #getfreeordietrying #tantrataughtme

One of my most favorite things about headshot sessions is watching a client’s face transform when they realize that thei...
12/17/2021

One of my most favorite things about headshot sessions is watching a client’s face transform when they realize that their power lies in their word.

Those intentions you speak weave their way into the portraits we make. Call it magic, if you want to, but we doing work, the good work, in the studio.

So, for the 2022 new year, I wanted to do something different.

Rather than just one on one headshot sessions, I want to see how much power we can build together towards manifesting our dreams.

What if we spoke our fears aloud, facing them, realizing we are stronger than something as wild as doubt, imposter syndrome, and shame?

What if we admitted we aren’t sure about this new direction, but someone was there to offer a perspective we ain’t eem know we needed?

What if we courageously stood in what’s so clearly in our hearts? What if we admitted we *might* just be that MF?

…Doesn’t even sound like I’m talking about photos anymore, do it? But I promise it all goes hand in hand. ✨
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Growth Is Key: A Headshot Mixer
January 16th, 2021
12:00pm - 5:00pm

Visit www.phyllisiller.com for more information.
OR peep the link in bio.
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#PhyllisIller #GrowthIsKey #HeadshotMixer #Atlanta

So I’m walking around the Museum of Graffiti with @cfluxsing, mind blown over the beautiful artwork, and I look to my ri...
12/10/2021

So I’m walking around the Museum of Graffiti with @cfluxsing, mind blown over the beautiful artwork, and I look to my right and I’m like “Oh s**t! I think that’s Martha Cooper!” 😂

There’s a guerrilla quality to her work that I have always appreciated. It wasn’t exploitative documentation, this was documentation with heart. And that’s the space photographers should always lead from.

If you’re unfamiliar with her, best do your research!!

#MarthaCooper

While I was in Miami, something dreamy was published…✨💐✨Shout out to @mafaw and @nourishinblack for being so awesome to ...
12/07/2021

While I was in Miami, something dreamy was published…✨💐✨

Shout out to @mafaw and @nourishinblack for being so awesome to work with 🙌🏾

Repost from @mattlove10

December Bite section opener // Nourishing a Dream // In South Atlanta, artist and food-justice activist Quianah Upton finds fertile ground for her dream of a botanical eatery. // @nourishinblack // Photography by @phyllis.iller • Visual director @mafaw

#AtlantaMagazine #MelissaAlexander #PhyllisIller

I was listening to Arthur Verocai (@arthurverocai_) when I made these.Peace to the gods. ✨
11/27/2021

I was listening to Arthur Verocai (@arthurverocai_) when I made these.

Peace to the gods. ✨

One thing I’m very clear about with my clients: we cannot make a beautiful portrait if you don’t take your cool off. If ...
11/27/2021

One thing I’m very clear about with my clients: we cannot make a beautiful portrait if you don’t take your cool off.

If you’re trying too hard, I can see it. If your smile is fake, I can see it. If you don’t trust me, I can see it.

If you’re in your head with the wild negative inner dialogue, promise you, like A and B, I will C my way into the conversation. 💁🏾‍♀️

We gon have a good time in studio, laughs on deck, but remember: this is the place where love reigns supreme and growth is key.

Jasmine (@hellomisswilde, photographed here) understood the assignment, per usual. ✨ Read her words below:

Repost from @hellomisswilde

This is the most honest photograph I’ve never taken.

No performance.

I remember this very moment. I took a deep breath, relaxed my face, & sank into the vulnerability of the moment & told the truth with my eyes.

Thank you @phyllis.iller for creating the space for this grown ass woman to bloom.
That day we all grew/blossomed 🌸 in front of your lens. 🙏🏽

I know you all want to see the rest of the shoot, but the rest are a surprise for granny so … y’all gotta wait ⏱ 🥰

✌🏽 ♥️
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#PhyllisIller #LoveReignsSupreme #GrowthIsKey #Growth #Vulnerability

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Achieving and recognizing your best self is the goal and we celebrate the individual dope within all of us. We are dedicated to the mantra "Love your dope" and make a point to inspire people of color to immerse themselves in self love and self acceptance, never letting society determine their potential or worth.

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Top middle photo by John Crooms.Bottom photos by Phyllis Iller.
OMG this news piece was great. I even saw some work that was familiar. Congrats Tokie Rome-Taylor, Jena P Jones, Melissa Alexander aka Phyllis Iller, Carolyn Grady, Sue Ross just to name a few. Go Sistagraphy!!
We're proud to support our local, black-owned businesses, and as we wind down into the final days of the campaign, we'd like to acknowledge some of the folks who were instrumental in getting our campaign to the finish line. Today we'd like to highlight West End's very own Melissa Alexander of Phyllis Iller, who handled a big part of our campaign photography this cycle. Thank you so much for both your professionalism and for the amazing photographs! Check out more of Melissa's work at https://www.phyllisiller.com/.
We know you've always wanted to have your photo taken by Phyllis Iller. We've got the perfect opportunity for you this weekend - Friday through Saturday at the Elevate Atlanta weekend celebration at MET Atlanta. Get with it and reserve your spot NOW: https://www.phyllisiller.com/elevated-pull-up-sessions #ElevateATLArt #MelAlexander #PortraitPopUp #photography #atlanta #supportatlantaartists
Reposted from The Reclamation Project :: A Celebration/Retrospective of Black Beauty :: I am beyond pleased, honored and excited to announce this year's participating artists for #TheReclamationProject :: "For SHE Who Is," Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 7pm to 11pm at Tri-Cities Tattoo Company in #EastPoint #Georgia. >>> RSVP will be required for this MASKED and METERED exhibit! RSVP begins in October. Details to come.
Serving Good Vibes and Energy since 2014. DigiGoodTimes.com ✨📸 Phyllis Iller✨🙏🏾
Styled by #JacquelynBland 📷 by Phyllis Iller 🎨 by Genisis Fresh
📸: Phyllis Iller
Today, we are kicking off the Black Light Winter Activation with POWER Haus Creative! Come out to the #broadstboardwalk from 3-5 pm to enjoy some art and yummy beverages from Land Of A Thousand Hills Flatiron. Fist 30 guests get complimentary hot cocoa too! ☕️ The "Around the Way Dreams" exhibit features Phyllis Iller's work and talent as a photographer The theme highlights the Black woman’s progress from adolescence to adulthood in the form of portraiture. Swipe to check out a few sneak peeks 👉
Family over everything!!! The people that bring you the most peace and joy, deserve YOU. 📸 Phyllis Iller 👔👗 Sew Fluent
“In order to move forward with some real progress, you’ve got to get to the nitty-gritty. You have to dive into those places that you don't want to accept. The time for ignorance has passed.” Atlanta artists Phyllis Iller and Carlton Mackey joined Virginia Prescott for a discussion that explores how art can serve as a form of resistance, and the importance of conversations about race and systemic racism. https://bit.ly/2YgRC4z
🖤 love for the community. Peace to Phyllis Iller