Today we’d like to introduce you to Cassandra Estifanos.
Cassandra, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I fell into photography by mistake. I was a fiber artist and ran a pretty successful business hand knitting and designing newborn photography props. I took a photography class in college after buying a new camera so I could learn how to use it properly. I had bought it to take better photos of my props to list online. Before I knew it, I loved taking photos! At the time, I was always taking photos of my dog (who bless his heart let me). However, after doing my sister’s maternity photos of her for fun, I truly fell in love and knew portrait photography was what I wanted to do as a career. It is now my full time job and I absolutely love it just as much as I did back then.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I own Cassema Photography. I am a portrait photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, milestones (3mo, 6mo, 9mo, cake smash), and family. My style is all my own. I am self-taught in terms of my editing and spend a lot of time on my work. Every photo I take is completely hand edited and retouched to perfection. I also incorporate digital art into my work as well, especially with my newborns. I love being able to create any idea I want.
My work is definitely known for its creativeness and its vibrancy. I am a HUGE fan of color and incorporate it into all my work. My hope is for people to feel joy when they look at my photos. I myself am such a bright and cheerful person so I feel that my work truly reflects that. It’s like I am giving a piece of myself every time I send someone their gallery.
My work has won a lot of awards and has been internationally recognized on several websites and online venues such as The Bump, and newbornphotography.com to name a few. It was most recently featured by the San Diego Padres which was amazing! I am also a proud member of the NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers).
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I feel that with technology constantly advancing, people don’t see artists the same as they used too. With the ever growing amount of products and updates on the horizon, a lot of people feel they can do things themselves rather than hiring someone else too. It definitely tarnishes the industry and makes it harder to help people realize the importance of genuine art.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen on my website at www.Cassemaphotography.com.
If local, people can support my work by hiring my services or referring others to me. Otherwise, even leaving an encouraging comment every now and then means the world to me.
- Address: Cassema Photography (studio)
13063 Poway Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
- Website: www.Cassemaphotography.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/cassemaphotography
- Facebook: facebook.com/cassemaphotography
Personal photo by: Wendy Cox Photography