Today we’d like to introduce you to Amelia Romulo.
Amelia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My mom, sister and I immigrated to the United States when I was eight years old. If you would have asked my 8-year-old self, where she thought she would be at the age of 22… I probably would have said something far from where I am today.
The first camera I received was when my father send over a video camera a little over a year after he had left Mexico to come to the United States. He knew we weren’t going to see each other for a few years, therefore, he thought it would be a good way to send him videos to see me and my sister grow up.
From day one, I recorded everything I did. Literally. I think that’s where I got the idea of wanting to become a filmmaker. I went on to study film for the last two years of high school and my first year of college. I did everything from scrip-writing, cinematography, editing, directing my short films to even creating a fashion segment for my school’s TV channel in which my high school best friend and I, were the hosts. We spend all of our lunch and break time editing the episodes or recording b-roll. I really thought I had my life planned out.
Little did I knew, God had other plans for me. My journey with photography started a little over two years ago. A friend introduced me to the amazing world of still images. We wanted to start a company together, but due to the lack of experience in the industry, it failed. However, he opened my eyes to a world where I can be my own boss. Something that I never thought of.
I feel like society’s expectation of young adults is for us to go to college, graduate, get a job in the field we majored in and work a 9-5 shift to make their company richer. Though this may be ideal for some people, I soon realized it was not for me. God gave me a vision and with that vision came a promise. I knew that it was going to take a bigger leap of faith for me to start something by myself so I gave it to God, decided to trust in him and allowed him to guide me.
I began to contact my friends and family to be my “models.” I remember getting so excited after my first shoots and coming straight home to edit the photos right away. I began to network with people who had the same passion as me. I collaborated with a few local models and started to build my portfolio little by little. I fell in love with the entire process of bringing my ideas to life and capturing them.
Looking back, I am proud to say that I love what I do! I am far from where I want to be, but I am getting closer each day. I have a lot to learn, so many people to meet and so much more than I want to create. But in God’s time.
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 definitely not been a smooth road. Some of the struggles that I have faced along the way have been rejected and not taken seriously because of my gender/age. Being a 22-year-old woman in an industry that is highly saturated by men, I have had moments where I’ve felt like I have not been taken seriously because people may think I am “inexperienced” or “not cut for the job.”
Another struggle has been getting into a creative block. I feel like as creatives, we tent to have seasons where we don’t feel creative or feel like our art is not good enough. This has affected my own self-esteem. Being a person who drives off emotion, I tent to be really hard on myself and often push my emotions away because I use to think of them as distractions. I am learning to give myself grace. Allow myself to feel/understand the emotion to use it as inspiration.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a self-taught photographer that specializes in fashion editorial and portraiture photography. My goal, as a creative, is to empower women through the creative process and make them feel like they can take on the world. One thing that I am the most proud of is the relationships that I have gained throughout my journey.
What were you like growing up?
I was a very energetic child. Having so much time in my hands often lead me to find creative ways to not get bored. I collected magazines and boxes. I remember seating down on my bed for hours, making collages and food menus.
I would make everyone in my house seat down in the dining table, give them my menu and have them place their order. Every time I would create something that I felt like I worked really hard on and felt proud of, I wanted to show everyone.
- Website: ameliaromulo.com
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- Instagram: @ameliaromulo
- Twitter: @ameliaromulo
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