Officially Impressive: A Digital "Dama" Doing Good

This week we feature a proud Caribeña bringing and celebrating life in Syracuse: Ana Gil Taylor.

As photographer and videographer, entrepreneur, mom, and web broadcaster, this powerhouse of a woman is moving and shaking all over Central New York.

Making many of her fellow Latinos proud, Ana is one of the pioneering women who have started their own businesses in Central New York and who, through their entrepreneurial efforts, are supporting the recovery of our local economy. She operates Ana Gil Taylor Photography, which offers professional photography from her studio in Jamesville-Dewitt. A native of the Dominican Republic, Ana moved to the Syracuse area in the nineties to attend SUNY Oswego. Today, she is a proud mother of three, as well as a businesswoman offering beautiful portrait options for children, families, couples, and events, in addition to professional headshots. As one of the few women of color running a full photography business in the region, she draws a diverse range of customers, especially those interested in supporting young, multicultural entrepreneurs.

Besides her heritage, one of the traits that attract us to Ana is her love of Syracuse, which fuels her desire to promote positive events our region. Since her arrival, she's been using her talents to help build excitement and boost morale through her project, Officially-Unofficial. It's a web-show covering a variety of fun, informative topics for local residents through which she also creates branded social media videos for small-to-medium-sized companies and professional organizations. Though she works with all sorts of clients, she has a heart for supporting women-led initiatives. Check out her coverage of the WISE Women's Business Center's 2017 symposium below:

On top of all that, Ana is #PromotingGood by donating some of her time to bring light to efforts in vulnerable communities. Organizations that she has volunteered her services for include the YWCA, Believe in Syracuse, and SyracuseFirst. "We know that the funds they would have invested in our services will instead be used to pour into our Syracuse community or to support our children and and provide youth services that are so desperately needed," she tell us.

At Bérica, we believe that notoriety of the client should not affect the quality of the work we deliver, and Ana's business reflects that value. Regardless of who she is serving, she is always vibrant, professional and full of energy. Another aspect to love about Ana? Her new bilingual videos celebrating fierce Latinas! (see below and stay tuned for more to follow on her YouTube Channel).

"I love photography, being on camera and producing videos. I enjoy meeting people and learning about them, which is why I love, love, LOVE, photographing events." She beams as she tells us, "I love bringing ideas to life and seeing my customers' faces when they see how we translated their idea into video."

As a native of the Caribbean, Ana is currently coordinating with the Hispanic Syracuse coalition to explore using her platforms to help market an upcoming local event to gather aid for victims of hurricane Maria. "Puerto Ricans are our neighbors. We're all in this together," she tells us.

Thank you for all your work to #PromoteGood, Ana, and keep bringing your enthusiasm to our screens!

Our #ThoughtfulThursday #PromotingGood blog is a Bérica Agency series dedicated to celebrating socially-oriented entrepreneurs doing positive work in the community. If you know of someone who should be highlighted in one of our stories, please email connect@bericaagency or Tweet to us via @BericaAgency.