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Life and Work with Adriana Sandoval

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adriana Sandoval.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Adriana. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started with photography, I took a film photography class in high school and I just fell in love. It has been a passion of mine ever since. Throughout the years, I have been doing photography on and off while balancing work and school. I finally realized that I can continue my photography with school and work without taking breaks. The last break I took really hit me because I missed getting out there and capturing all the wonderful moments, but a friend of mine had recommended me to someone who needed graduation pictures and I was so happy for the opportunity. After that opportunity, I went back into what I love and more and more photography opportunities began to come my way, and I haven’t stopped since. I started to need more in my creativeness in my life so when I started planning my wedding I made everything starting with the save the dates and invitations, this is when I started offering invitations as well, I loved seeing my visions come to life. Stationary is one of the new found favorites, there are so many fonts and so many possibilities out there. But, of course, this wasn’t enough for me, I still needed more so I got into art & balloon installations and event planning as well. I was a little unsure of how to incorporate all of these new things into my photography business so I came up with the term “Creative Concierge“ I felt that it was a perfect mix of all the creative things that I was getting into. Over the past year or so, I have been doing all these things and I have been able to meet so many new people along the way throughout this creative journey of mine. Recently, within the past few months, I branched out into a new journey in interior design, it has always been a passion of mine and something that I never thought that I could turn into a business until recently. My friend Ashley and I started our own design business, where we do residential and commercial design. This is definitely new for me, but it is a journey that I am so excited to see where it takes us. We call this business “The -A- Spaces Design Co.” Taking the first letter of our names and incorporating that into the title. I pretty much fall in love with anything creative that I can get my hands on to, it is a great feeling seeing something that you’ve created come to life.

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 has been a very bumpy road but I wouldn’t change anything. Sometimes, you have to go through the fire in order to get out of the fire, meaning there will be some suffering along the way, but what I’ve learned is that if you keep striving towards a goal you will eventually get there. Starting any business is difficult because you are essentially selling yourself. Putting yourself out there is not easy but if you are passionate about something then you should go for it. For the longest time, I was my worst enemy because I was the only one I was holding me back. Now, I try to get involved in whatever I can to help get my name out there. My advice for anyone who wants to do something but feels that they can’t, just go for it, the worst that can happen is it doesn’t work out and when that happens you move on and you try something new. Never hold yourself back from accomplishing your goals.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Things & People, and- The -A- Spaces Design Co. – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
With my business “Things & People” I provide a creative concierge service which includes photography, event planning, art and balloon installations, invitations, and E-stationary, logo, & web design. I basically help people with any creative need that they have. With my design business, we provide simple services from just styling a space to doing a full remodel. With these services, people receive a mood board or plans depending on how complex the design is. I feel that I am known for being “creative” since I deal with so many different clients in all categories I don’t really have one thing that I am specifically known for. I am proud of all the work that I deliver to my clients and or the people that I collaborate with, it is a rewarding feeling to have someone appreciate your work especially when it’s something that you have designed from scratch. I think that my personality sets me apart from others, I used a mask who I was because I wanted to fit in, I used to be considered weird and different and now the things that made me weird and different are now accepted in a good way and helps me stand out.

Who have you been inspired by?
Growing up, my parents let me be as creative as possible, I didn’t hear “no” a lot so it helped me to be able to branch out into the person that I am today. I had a huge support system which definitely helped. I had never really thought about the impact I had as a child affecting my development as an adult but it definitely has. It helps me for the better. I was adopted at a very young age, so my parents who adopted me made sure that I had everything but that I knew how to work hard and I feel like that really helped me become the adult and business owner that I am today.

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