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Meet Alvinita Gonzales of A.G. Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alvinita Gonzales.

Hi Alvinita, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I grew up around photography and videography. My mother always had disposable cameras, as well as giving my brother and I one during vacations or school field trips. She would let us photograph whatever interested us. My grandfather was also always videoing memories, school programs, holidays, birthdays, etc.

As a kid, I always loved exploring artistic fashion, hairstyles and hair colors. I even thought of becoming a fashion designer when I was older! Exploring those things and being around photography created a passion within me for both of those things. So, I now love to do Fashion Photography. I enjoy capturing different architecture and landscapes with traditional fashion and non-traditional, sometimes unusual fashion. Those things coming together are beautiful.

I also really enjoy capturing different cultures’ traditional fashion. Traditional fashion mixed with modern elements is so fun to work with and showcase. I love being able to capture those things, to bring awareness and knowledge of the people wearing them proudly, and people proudly displaying their culture traditions with pride.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
One of the obstacles I’ve experienced as a photographer is some people don’t see photography as an art, they would commission highly and respect. Trying to change the cultural mindset that photography is an art form and should be more valued, not just through compensation, but as an artistic expression.

Advice I would give for new photographers would be to keep holding onto your camera and never let it go! Take the rugged road, smooth roads put me to sleep.

We’ve been impressed with A.G. Photography, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What I’m most proud of is being able to shine light on the beauty of Native American Tribes’ culture. Speaking as a Hopi-Native America (and Mexican) myself, I’ve never been able to see other Native American Tribes’ fashion and their traditional-cultural wear until I started photographing other Native Americans.

Being able to capture that beauty in my photography, I hope to bring awareness and knowledge to those who have never seen Native American fashion photography. Especially other Native Americans, who like myself, are continuously learning about their own culture or other tribes’. Through the lens of my camera, I am bringing other Native Americans confidence to be proud of their cultures and traditions and to show them off with love.

Pricing:

  • Photography Packages Starting at $150

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Image Credits:

Models: Suzy Hill, Marilyn R., Johnathan T., Sedona Shetter, Sonal & Rohan J., Danae, Dyann, Rachel & Reinier S., Katherine Fregozo

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