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Conversations with the Inspiring Esmeralda Zavala

Today we’d like to introduce you to Esmeralda Zavala.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always been intrigued by art. Having the freedom to express yourself through art is truly empowering! My photography journey began a little under two years ago. The love of my life and I welcomed our daughter into the world in May of 2017. Since the moment, I found out that I was pregnant I was ecstatic about being able to document, through photographs, my child’s growth and milestones. I was blessed with the opportunity to be a stay at home mama and will forever cherish that blessing. It allowed me to truly discover myself and soak the beauty of motherhood. I picked up on plenty of “hobbies” while being a stay at home mama, but the one I found liberating and truly fell in love with was photography. As I began to share images of my daughter with my friends and family, they praised my work and encouraged me to pursue a career in photography! I took the leap of faith and started my photography business. I began by offering my services for free in order to build my portfolio, but most importantly to gain experience. I have spent countless hours practicing techniques and overall trying to truly discover who I am as a photographer. My business has truly taken off and I am extremely excited about what the future looks like! Nothing brings me as much joy as being able to capture everlasting memories for my clients that they will cherish for a lifetime!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a smooth road for the most part! Of course, there are bad days where I compare my work to another’s, but I’ve learned that in order to evolve and thrive in my career I must allow myself to grow. Growth is often uncomfortable, messy, and full of feelings you weren’t expecting, but it is necessary. My fiancé has been the greatest support system. He constantly gives me advice and is my biggest cheerleader. My biggest piece of advice to anyone wanting to begin their journey would be to not be afraid to reach out to family, friends, or colleagues. Social media has made a huge impact on myself and my career. I learn something new from the Instagram photographer community every day! There is always someone willing to give you a helping hand and help answer any questions that you may have.

What should we know about Esmeralda Zavala Photography? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Photography is my calling in life. I like to think of myself as a “life documenter” as a photographer I’ve found that my biggest passion is capturing the most candid, raw, and detailed moments in my clients lives. I am obsessed with shooting couples in love, the love between a family, in general, I am passionate about capturing any special or monumental moment in one’s life. In the past year, I have absolutely loved capturing every single raw and real emotion behind my lens and I truly cannot wait to continue growing and thriving in the photography industry!

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Finding a mentor that can inspire you is something that is very important. Like I mentioned before, I highly encourage others to reach out to anyone that may have inspired them to begin their journey in the first place! I’ve used Instagram as a way to market my business and have connected with some of the most amazing people. As a photographer, I find comfort in knowing that I can go on a hike with my fiancé and my daughter and scout that potential new location. As Pablo Picasso once said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

Pricing:

  • Couples Portrait Session: $200
  • Family Sessions: $200+ Prices vary depending on size of family.
  • Engagement Portrait Session: $200
  • Senior Sessions: $150

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.esmeraldazphotography.com
  • Phone: 720-480-0471
  • Email: esmeraldazphotography@gmail.com
  • Instagram: esmeraldazphotography
  • Facebook: Esmeralda Zavala Photography

Image Credit:
Esmeralda Zavala Photography

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