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Conversations with the Inspiring Cecilia Martin del Campo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cecilia Martin del Campo.

Cecilia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am 30 years old. I grew up living in Tijuana, that meant spending my time between Tijuana and San Diego. I went to Tec de Monterrey to major in Marketing, graduated in 2011 and then went to Santa Cruz, CA, to work for two years. That was when I bought my first Camera. I was alone over there. Lived with my aunt. I got used to explore by myself, going on hikes, walks and just enjoying myself sometimes was a good cup of coffee or just finding a good reading spot. I started reading a lot about photography because I was enjoying taking pictures a lot, so I got all excited about learning to use my camera, to edit and a lot more.

I notice that my favorite thing to do was capture emotions, even if it was a couple of strangers hugging, a happy surfer after a good wave or a friend smiling at my camera. It wasn’t until four years later that I decided to do photography full time, not just as a hobby and I love it! I love everything about it. I love how I can capture emotions but also how can a share a lot of things, kind of telling a story with my photographs.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been easy for me. Not only because starting your own thing is hard but because I use to constantly doubt myself, I consider myself a perfectionist, and I am also a little bit anxious about making plans so, starting photography full time made me think about way too many times because I wasn’t sure I was able to make a living out of it. Also, it is not what was expected from me from my family, I graduated from marketing and I knew that some of my family members where worried about me doing photography, some of them didn’t take this profession seriously, even myself. They used to asked me, when are you going back to work? Are you STILL taking pictures?

I am beyond proud of what I’ve accomplished. I learned that when you do something with passion, you can accomplish great things, but most important when you create a brand with a special value, people look for you, people want to work with you. I was able to build a brand, to grow. I never thought I could do that when I first started. It is amazing and rewarding see how your hard works pays off, how your clients move their agenda and their plans so they can work with you, I just feel so happy and so lucky that I was able to create a community and to build this brand, and to share my passion with other people. I want to say that customer service is one of my strongest suit. I’ve always try to connect with my clients, ALWAYS. I firmly believe that in order for me to be able to tell a story, I need to KNOW the story (or at least a part of it). I want to think that I am doing something right, some of my clients are now dear friends and also, I’ve had the opportunity to grow with them, I’ve known couples that hire me to do their weddings or engagement pictures and I’ve also taken the pictures of their first baby or family portraits, and that for me is everything!

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I specialize in portraits. Family portraits, engagement sessions, weddings and everything related. I love doing commercial photography but I knew when I started that in order for me to be good at my job, I needed to specialize in something instead of trying to do everything. I can say that my passion is to capture emotion, special moments. something you can remember and feel again just by looking at the photograph.

One of the best compliments I’ve received is, But looking at your works (or what I share) it looks like you love and enjoy what you do. I try to stay really honest, specially right now with social media, everything I post, is what I am, part of it of course, but everything is a part of me, if it is a photo of a client, it is showing their story through my eyes, how I see them , how I tell the story. If it is my morning coffee, my favorite corner in the house, my walks on the beach or my sweet dog. everything looks familiar, I feel like people recognize me or my photos when they see them and that’s one of the best feelings ever.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
My grandmothers. They are both completely different and I see a little bit of both in me. They became widowers really young, my mom’s mother had nine kids and my dad’s had four. They worked their whole lives and also created beautiful families. Since I was little, I was inspired, I knew I was able to do a lot of things because they set an example for me.

I think I’ve always being very independent, I like sharing my life with my boyfriend, my family and my friends but I love to prove to myself that I can do things by myself, that I Can work so hard to accomplish what I want and I’ve also learn that you need a support system to do that, even if you are an independent woman, you need to work in a team, I believe that once we understand that, we start to create community, and that for me has been the key to succeed.

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