The fact that you cruised over to this page means a ton to all of us on the Replica team. We love hearing YOUR origin stories, and we’d love to tell you ours.
Before launching Replica Surfaces in 2018, founder Mandy Gleason wasn’t a photographer. She was working full-time with a small business on the side and needed to take high-quality product photos despite having no photography or styling experience. Maybe that sounds familiar!
Like so many other small business owners, Mandy had terrible natural lighting in her home and her kitchen countertop wasn’t the prettiest. She needed lightweight surfaces she could use next to a window, but she couldn’t find ones with all the qualities she wanted.
That’s when the cartoon light bulb went off! Mandy scrapped the other product idea and started creating exceptional surfaces for other small business owners struggling with their photography.
How far we've come...
Since then, Replica has grown into an entire team devoted to helping you take photos you’re proud of. And to do that, we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing you with not just incredible Surfaces, but also photography and styling education in the form of weekly YouTube videos, daily Instagram tips, and regular TikTok videos.
And because it’s also important to learn from each other (not just from us), we’ve also created the Replica Surfaces Facebook VIP Community for you to share your photos, ask for advice, and bond with 10K+ (we can’t believe that number either) other small business owners, bloggers, and photographers who are here to lift you up during your crazy photo journey!
It’s one of the most supportive groups we’ve EVER seen and we’d love for you to join (whether you own Surfaces or not). Plus, if it sweetens the pot, VIP members get first glimpses at new Surfaces, exclusive giveaways, and first access to Limited Releases. If you aren't familiar with Limited Releases, they’re collections of brand new, small batch Surfaces we release every 4-6 weeks and they’re one of the most exciting things we do! You can check out some prior Limited Release Surfaces here.