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Phyllis Iller

Phyllis Iller The place where love reigns supreme and growth is key. We specialize in photography, videography, an achieving and recognizing your best self is the goal.

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

When you finally (and maybe fully) understand the lesson…what a beautiful moment. ✨Thankful for my sistas  and  sharing ...
06/27/2022

When you finally (and maybe fully) understand the lesson…what a beautiful moment. ✨

Thankful for my sistas and sharing their stories of self worth and self love, and their journeys of fully loving themselves. ✨

Weekend work. ✨
06/14/2022

Weekend work. ✨

Photoville been on my radar for a lil minute now. It’s a major major activation for photography in NYC - so imagine my s...
05/24/2022

Photoville been on my radar for a lil minute now. It’s a major major activation for photography in NYC - so imagine my surprise when of Black Shutter Productions] reached out to invite me onto the Behind The Shutter panel!

Super grateful for the opportunity to run my yap a likkle bit more with him, AND with , , and !

If you’re in NYC (or anywhere around), come thru! Especially if we ain’t never met. ✨

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Peace Family. We are excited to share that The BlackShutter Podcast will be presenting opening night at Photoville 2022. We will be sharing the work of some of our guests, then jumping into a live conversation with Laylah Amatullah Barrayn , Jeffrey Henson Scales , Keith Major and Melissa Meli-Mel Alexander. It is an honor to kick off Photoville this year and share the work and stories of so many amazing Black photographers. Come through and spread the love. Details in the link in bio. Pull up.

The Festival returns this summer as an immersive hybrid experience, featuring over 60 public art exhibitions, inspirational walking tours, in-depth panels, and interactive workshops.

📅 June 4 – June 26, 2022
✨ Learn more about all that’s in store:


Thanks to the Marquee and Exhibition Venue Partners:

As part of the  Flourish Fellowship, we were tasked with doing a deep dive into our companies, to understand them, from ...
05/16/2022

As part of the Flourish Fellowship, we were tasked with doing a deep dive into our companies, to understand them, from bottom to top and in between. I, of course, thought about the foundation of Phyllis Iller, but it was ATWD () that had me in a headlock for a few weeks.

In true Virgo rising fashion, I was ✨overwhelmed✨ with thoughts. It’s really cute to almost obsessively think about something, do hella research, and still not know how to formulate the thoughts juuuuuuust right. Sleep gone, one track minded - I found myself simultaneously jazzed up and terrified.

Because I knew, in my heart, this joint is gonna bang. Hard. And if I’m not clear from jump about why I’m doing ATWD, how can it succeed? Like, succeed with longevity and honesty?

With guidance and folks listening to my pitch (word to , , ), encouraging me to go deeper (word to the God ), I was able to figure out the purpose:

Around the Way Dreams is a documentation of the Around The Way Girl who has grown up, the Black and Brown woman that commands respect because she knows her worth. Further, the future generations of Around the Way Girls are coming and in need of guidance. We are the women of their Dreams and have answers to their many questions.
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Ask yourself or ask your lady or your mama or your sister or your homegirl:

Did you dream of the woman you have become? ✨
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I’m jazzed up, y’all. No longer terrified. Simply open to see how good, how sweet, how incredible, how joyous it can get. And with some incredibly talented ladies (.nichole, , , , and more) by my side, it ain’t s**t we can’t do. Even while figuring out how to raise $67k to make the first tour happen….😅

But f**k it! A number is just a number and can’t nothing stop the shine of an Around the Way Girl on a mission. ✨

On Wednesday, I shared my dream of taking Around the Way Dreams () on a multi-city tour. It took vulnerability to share ...
05/13/2022

On Wednesday, I shared my dream of taking Around the Way Dreams () on a multi-city tour. It took vulnerability to share my dream, it took courage to stand in front of all those folks to ask for help.

And what do you know? My dream got some funding to bring it to reality. 🙌🏾

I’m proud of myself and ALL my fellow cohort members!! We laughed, cried, and worked our asses off for 12 weeks! Yes, it all led to a competition, but I would just as happily seen another in my place.

To the Village: it’s hard to explain exactly what y’all have done for us, but there’s nowhere I will go that your name will flow out of my mouth without high praise. I’m SO thankful y’all took a chance on us. 💐🙌🏾

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The Entrepreneurs didn’t come to PY to play! After 12 weeks and 24 sessions of intense business education pushing them to work ~on~ their business not just in their business, rounds and rounds of pitch practice, mentorship from some of the city’s most successful entrepreneurs, a community market, and off the support of a cohort that feels like family - 13 Altanta business owners left it all on the stage, presenting the vision, accomplishments, and investment needs for their business to a community-love-filled crowd and 4 distinguished judges , each ending the night ✅ We are so proud, congratulations to all! 💛💐🫂🍾

CONGRATULATIONS to the Pitch Competition Winners, , , .iller, and vine who each secured the bag! 💰💰💰💰🎉

Defining motherhood is hard for me. I kinda wanna say…if you care bout these babies, you’re a mama or an auntie (which i...
05/08/2022

Defining motherhood is hard for me. I kinda wanna say…if you care bout these babies, you’re a mama or an auntie (which is just a mama by another name).

So, in the spirit of that, shout out to us that hold, love on, nurture, guide, and kiss on these babies. Our calling is a sacred one, not to be treated lightly, but always to be celebrated. 💐💐

To the folks who came for the mini-sessions, y’all the best. So grateful to share space n laughter! Praying y’all’s day is exactly as you want it to be. 💐💜

Had the opportunity to photograph the incredibly dope isawstephen] - I could say more about our interaction, but it’s ma...
04/29/2022

Had the opportunity to photograph the incredibly dope isawstephen] - I could say more about our interaction, but it’s maybe more important for you to read some of his words:

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I’m a Black man with cosmopolitan preferences, soft textures and lavish breakfasts. And that don’t even begin to reveal the extent of my orientation towards indulgence.

It used to be that I would share these things then everything became content. So I made it a business.
Now it’s my job.
Really it’s really just part, but everytime I’m loggin on, I see it’s all of ours!

Coming into prominence during covid made me a strange person to myself that I am just beginning to know.

After “The Show” I knew I would have to share more about myself, which i was not wild about. “Making it” is definitely better than not, but mostly it seems like you get more visible and people just wanna know how much money you holding and
who your SO is.

Oh, and, grow your audience. Monetize the following, but keep the content authentic — just like the founder. Remember: more of YOU!

Okay, but what if I don’t want to? Or I don’t know who that is? Or I’m still tryna find out. And I was raised not to talk to strangers.

“Build in public” so everyone can watch you stumble. It will humble you and make you more relatable. Or they may just fixate on your success and totally omit the fact it took decades. And that everything that is not secure is tenuous. So no missteps!

Who is it for?

It’s so much dancin all up in the videos,
I feel like Suge Knight.
Should I broadcast my cynicism too?
Nah I ain’t gon do it, cuz you gon say I’m hatin hard. Which, I get, because we are all just looking for attention to leverage for money. So, increasingly my commentary is for my kin, even though I know a spicy take is one of the easiest ways to shake the algo.

I need you to move your feet to the beat. I’m on the 3k diet —
I need bread cheese and dough.
I knead to be recession proof.
Cake can’t hold a candle to this inflation. It be gone like p**f.

MAMA’S DAY GIVEAWAY!! 💐Tag a mama who inspires you and tell her (and us) why she’s important! Two will be selected!!! Wi...
04/22/2022

MAMA’S DAY GIVEAWAY!! 💐

Tag a mama who inspires you and tell her (and us) why she’s important! Two will be selected!!! Winners will be announced Monday morning.

Requirements:

*They must be ready to stand in the fullness of their light!

Get to tagging! 💜💐

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.

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

The very dope Alfred Conteh (). 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!

Jack came through the other day. ✨
04/03/2022

Jack came through the other day. ✨

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. ✨

🤣👌🏾

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 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.

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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. 📸: .iller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trinity is…Minnie Riperton ✨

When Vee () 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. ✨✨✨

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.

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

Amir as….NAT LOVE. ✨

His moms () 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.

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

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

In frame:

02/22/2022

Today was lovely. ✨ Got the chance to speak on a panel about Black joy with author Kwame Mbalia () for 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…

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ARTiculate ATL 10-Year Celebration Documentary Screening on October 5, 2022. Photos by Phyllis Iller. Tag yourselves!
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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

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Today, we are kicking off the Black Light Winter Activation with POWER Haus Creative! Come out to the 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.
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“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.

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