Today we’d like to introduce you to Miriam Morales.
Miriam, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Being young I enjoyed making sure I’d photograph the best moments from family trips and going out and rushing to Costco to develop my films, getting my prints and making scrapbooks. Having been an artistic child and exploring different areas was nothing new to me but for some reason photography was my last area to explore. I saw an ad in my high school for a photo club and I joined the club after school, where a professional wedding photographer guided us and taught us the basic skills and let us rent a camera for the weekend. I constantly photographed everyone I knew and I looked at magazines and fashion blogs where I tried to imitate their photo shoots. I started my blog and will upload my inspirations and photo shoots and wrote down what I was trying to achieve. I still look back at these posts, and I still blog all of my sessions I do today, it’s amazing to see my work grow throughout the years. I focused in learning and practicing until I made my friends and family sick of shooting them. I began college in my last year of high school and got a beginner photography class, while photography was my second option for a career, I ended up doing photography as my main career option and do not regret once. I finished the Professional Photography program at Southwestern in 2013.
Since that photography club, it has been 10 years that I picked up the camera and I don’t plan to stop any time soon! I have worked with professionals all over San Diego to learn anything I can from editing to shadowing, setting up studios or second shooting weddings.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Every day I photograph, it’s a different session, but I see it as a motivation. People let me in their personal space, and allow me to witness a time in their life that they want recorded, or as I call it a family heirloom. I don’t see it as a given, but rather a privilege that they let me into their lives, and because of this I want to capture that moment. Time and life moves rather quickly that sometimes before we realize it, it’s already halfway thru a year. What I want from a couple, a family, or anyone that allows me to photograph them, is for them to look back at those photographs and remember this time in their lives. My inspiration and motivation comes from this moments, first time parent’s joy and excitement as they meet and get to know their first born, and how they cry from seeing those photographs afterwards. Other moments are a boyfriend proposing to his girlfriend, or vows in a wedding ceremony, just because it’s the same occasion, every time it’s different and nearly every time I’m holding back tears. Life is beautiful, and I want to photograph that the most accurate way I can, with beautiful photographs that they can cherish.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Advice I would give to inspiring photographers is to photograph everyday if you can, you can get better with constant practice, ask everyone to help you, find photographers that are willing to let you shadow them so you can learn from their experience. Also, there’s so many resources nowadays to learn, like YouTube, workshops, and even local community colleges have strong programs that I definitely recommend. There’s no expert level you reach, every day you can learn something new from someone. Lessons I have learned amongst many, is that people don’t realize that actual photography, meaning me photographing out there is only 40% of what involves photographing, most of the time it involves many more aspects than just photography.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My blog is constantly updated from nearly every photo session I do, my Instagram is updated more constantly in real time with photo shoots and stories of my day while I’m photographing. People can support my work by following my sessions, it’s a great feeling when they tell me they love reading my blog and seeing the newest sessions, or enjoying my photographs on Instagram as well. It’s a great way to connect with people.
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