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Meet Cira Avendano of Images by Cira in Vista

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cira Avendano.

Cira, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have to say my love for photography started many years ago with the birth of my son, Christopher. As a mother, I wanted to capture every single milestone of his life. When Christopher was about two years old, my husband gifted me my first digital camera. However, I did not focus on learning about photography then. At that time, my dream was to go back to school and become a nurse while taking care of my son and helping my husband recover from his illness.

Raising my family and going to school to become a registered nurse left little time to focus on photography, so I had to put my passion for photography aside to focus on my career as a registered nurse. until two years ago when I decided to focus and learn more about photography and I decided to enroll at a local community college to take a few courses.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely has not been a smooth road, but I believe that pursuing your passion comes with challenges. This area is saturated with photographers, awesome photographers for that matter, which brings competition. And sometimes is very hard not to compare my work to others. Having a full time job makes it a little challenging to find the time to focus on my business. Working full time as a registered nurse and balancing family time leaves very little time to pursue my passion for photography.

Please tell us about your work.
I want to be known as a family photographer, I love capturing those special events that take place, it could be an engagement session, capturing the maternity photos, the first year of life celebration and of course the family photos.

I always strive to get those real moments, capture the raw emotions among family members. I need to make sure the family members feel comfortable during the photography session.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
B
eing eager to learn every day, staying motivated no matter what, and taking chances.

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