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Daily Inspiration: Meet Monique Chavez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Chavez.

Hi Monique, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Thank you so much for this opportunity and allowing me to do this interview.

I have always been fascinated with people, life & experiences I have encountered. I can’t get enough of exploring Colorado and am one of the few natives left in this ever-growing city of Denver!

Ever since I was a child I’ve dreamed of nothing more but to create the “Do you remember this” kind of moments. I first started taking photos when I was young with those awesome Polaroid and disposable cameras. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about (giggle) and man I didn’t care what I took photos of. If it caught my eye you bet I took a photo of it. Then as I got older my dad finally noticed that with all of the disposable cameras and pictures I took I was serious about photography so he bought me my first digital camera! Nothing could stop me after that and my focus then grew to scenery and wildlife photography.

Nowadays on my off time, I capture my travel adventures, family and friends any chance I get!

As for my business, I love capturing each and every one of your stories. Bringing memories to life in a photo so you can cherish them for a lifetime and give you something to reminisce on the good times with.

Everyone has their own journey, let me capture you and yours in a way that you will always remember!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The journey of photography and starting my own business has never been easy. For starters, I don’t tell a lot of people this but I am currently battling an autoimmune disease I was diagnosed with five years ago and is called small cellular vasculitis. The autoimmune condition I have attacks my legs so I swell on occasion, get hives and a pretty ugly red rash. It’s hard to know if or when I will have a flare-up. When I do, bending at joints and even walking can be excruciating but I’ll never let you see me in pain. Your pictures are what matter to me! I know my health is personal and I don’t share it lightly nor want sympathy but I do want my followers to know it’s okay to be honest about YOU, and YOU can work on a dream no matter your condition.

Moving past what I just shared, I also work two jobs on top of my photography business to make ends meet. Having two jobs in addition to photography makes it hard to have a life outside of work but I make the best of it.

My days off along with free time consist of editing galleries, scheduling photo shoots, following trends and improving my social media content since Covid was a big dive in my clientele and I want to improve that. I am a self-taught photographer which at the beginning and sometimes even now having experience is still trial and error. I do invest in my business when I can and am able but sometimes that gets tricky. I attend photography events and internet classes to expand my knowledge in-camera settings, posing, business strategy, etc. In the near future when business picks back up I want to become a full-time photographer so I can travel the world photographing weddings and couples so that they can have memories that will last them a lifetime.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a Colorado-based Wedding and Portrait photographer. I also travel to personal destinations if desired. I focus on natural light, lifestyle and raw emotion so I place my technique in the colorful and modern genre.

I’m an outgoing individual and want to provide the most uplifting experience for you. Over the years, I’ve found that I create my best work when I’m working with those clients that are considered friends. I want you to be completely yourself in front of the lens. I invest so much into my clients, and your photos are a big deal to me!

Being a photographer my goal is to capture your emotions and your special story. Your story deserves to be told. It deserves to be looked back on and cherished for years and years to come. An image truly is worth a thousand words, but when captured right the beauty behind each photo is endless.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
I honestly don’t know if I can pick just one. If you made me choose a memory it wouldn’t be related to photography though.

When I was a little girl I lived with my dad, older brother and grandparents. While my dad was working my grandma would teach me how to cook.

This particular memory is during thanksgiving time and my grandma was teaching me how to make homemade pumpkin pie. We had different sizes of pumpkins and I told my grandma, (mind you I was around eight at the time) she was the big pumpkin of our family. She turned to me, smiled and said no hita you are the big pumpkin because you are the oldest granddaughter and will watch over the others. We both giggled and ever since then have called each other pumpkin. My grandma will always be my big pumpkin and I love her to the moon and back.

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