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Art & Life with Marc Fernandez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marc Fernandez.

Marc, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Marc Fernandez, 32 years old. Fitness/ Fashion/ Brand/ Event Photographer. I had military parents, so I grew up in the Philippines, Guam, Albuquerque and then subsequently moved to Jacksonville FL, where I ultimately joined the Navy. From there I was sent to Charleston SC for a year and a half to learn all about nuclear power and later was stationed in Point Loma, San Diego in 2010 aboard the USS Albuquerque, SSN 706, A fast attack submarine, as a Nuclear Reactor Operator. While stationed here, I fell in love with SD and all the outdoor activities available and the vibe of the community. Since I’m always stuck inside the submarine, once in port and free, I spent my days outdoors, exploring or out in the ocean, learning but failing at surfing. Naturally, since I was going on all these adventures, I would document where I was going and what I was doing with my GoPro, taking pictures and posting on social media sites. As my contract with the navy was almost due, March 2015, I decided to stay in San Diego, pursue a degree in Computer Science using the G.I. Bill.

I thought to myself, well since I now have all this free time, why not pursue the artistic side of things and try photography for real. And since I’m going to do that, I decided to go all in and buy a Canon 5D Mark III. I’ve always had some sort of artistic eye since I was young, from drawing, painting, graffiti, what have you. I’ve never actually taken a photography class so I used the resource available to me, the internet, YouTube and reaching out to other photographers. Mainly going out every day and shooting, learning my craft and my equipment. From there I would reach out to local brands, such as Everyday California, Blenders, and Pure Fit Lifestyle, all in the beginning stage of their companies and the beginning of the Instagram craze. From there I networked with other photographers, brands, and models in the industry, somewhat settling on a niche of fitness since I enjoyed working out and that whole lifestyle, it sorts of just made sense. While all this was going on, photography, school and a day job, my girlfriend and I found out we were pregnant, and as of today we just celebrated Kealani’s 2nd birthday at Disneyland on June28th. So being a dad, student and photographer, I have to manage my time wisely to ensure success and time spent with family.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a photographer, I shoot fitness, e-commerce/ social media content for brands and also event. At first, it started out as a hobby, but then I was once told I’m not a real photographer, so that fueled my work ethic to be successful by having my name out there and making a living out of photographic.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
To me, success is seeing your work out there, published, or being used by people. Having a constant stream of clients wanting to work with you. What’s more validating than that, people want to work with you and want you for the products you produce. Success in anything requires grit, effort, practice, time spent(dedication) and the ability to take criticism, learn and grow. Be better than what you were yesterday.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My website, which unfortunately I hardly update. and Instagram @marcxryan

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 619-357-6375
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @marcxryan

Image Credit:
Marc Fernandez

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