Today we’d like to introduce you to Cecilia Huerta.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My photography journey began in high school many years ago. I used to love creating art and then running to the dark room to develop my photographs. After high school, I had no access to nice cameras or a darkroom so my passion for photography went dormant for a long time. While I owned a regular 35mm camera, it just wasn’t the same. In 2005, my husband gave me my first digital camera. In 2008, I upgraded to my first DSLR and it was amazing! We were living in Maryland at the time and the camera arrived just in time to capture all the leaves changing color in the fall. I found my love for photography again. The fall in the east coast was spectacular and I knew we wouldn’t be there much longer so I wanted to photograph everything that was beautiful in nature. Living in the tri-state area easily gave way to landscape photography and having been raised in Southern California, I had never experienced seasons the way you do in Maryland. Cherry Blossoms in the spring, lush greens in the summer, amazing colors in the fall and snow in the winter, not to mention the amazing architecture abound.
In 2010, my first daughter, Sophia Grace, was born. She was the most amazing thing I had ever laid eyes on. She was perfect, from the tiny toes, to the wrinkly forehead and I wanted to remember all the details as much as possible. I took a LOT of pictures of her because I wanted to preserve it all. Around the same time, a good friend of mine had twin baby girls and she posted these amazing pictures on Facebook. I couldn’t stop thinking about those pictures and wondering how they were done and why couldn’t I take pictures of my baby the same way. Clearly, I had a camera, I knew enough about lighting, right? What more was there to it? Turns out there is a lot to it. Fast forward seven years later, I am now an award winning newborn photographer. It wasn’t easy getting here. I spent countless nights researching, learning, reading and to this day, I continue to learn and grow. I study, I listen, I practice, I create, I follow the trends and sometimes I avoid them, but most importantly, I never stop learning.
Please tell us about your art.
My photography is known for it’s vivid lighting, bright and airy colors and classic posing. My newborn clients are beautifully posed to bring out their womb-like characteristics and maternity clients are posed to accentuate their beautiful figures and baby bumps. I am also well trained in properly posing our tiniest clients safely. Baby safety is extremely important to me and you can rest assured your baby is in good hands. Which brings me to composite imagery. Some of the photo art you see in my portfolio is done through composites which are two or more photos merged together. Whether it’s a stork delivering babies or a baby sleeping on the moon, composite images ensure my tiniest clients are always safe, yet parents get a one of a kind piece of art. This has led me to developing what we call digital backdrops and I now have an Etsy store with my own line.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success is a relative term and can be defined in so many forms but for me, success is when my clients cry with joy upon seeing their portraits for the first time. Success is when they hug me and thank me for capturing these special moments and creating something tangible for them to enjoy for years to come. And finally, success is when clients continue to refer me to their friends and family. Doing what you love is so rewarding.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My portfolio can be found online at www.sophiagracephoto.com and coming soon is a book dedicated to my tiniest clients who have allowed me to develop magical images.
- Website: www.sophiagracephoto.com
- Phone: 619-302-0962
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophiagracephotographysd/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SophiaGracePhotography/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/CeceHuerta
- Other: https://www.yelp.com/biz/sophia-grace-photography-chula-vista
Cecilia Huerta, Sophia Grace Photography