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Meet Eder Escamilla of Eder Photo in Mission Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eder Escamilla.

Eder, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I spent a lot of my college years in the darkroom studying photography. I was fascinated with being able to capture moments and tell stories. That expanded as I started to photograph people. Creating portraits that showed an individual’s personality was one of my favorite things to do.

I had no idea that a career in photography was even a possibility until I was getting ready to graduate from college and my photography professor recommended I continue my education with an internship and some real-world experience.

I sought out the best photographers working in San Diego and found an internship working at a wedding photography studio. I worked unpaid for six months and tried to learn as much as I could about the wedding business. I quickly learned that it takes a whole lot more than just being able to make a pretty photo to stay in business.

It has been nearly ten years since completing that internship. I have been in business since then photographing weddings for hundreds of couples and loving every minute of it.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road but I would not say that there has been a real struggle. The thing about a photography business is that there are hundreds of competitors that enter the market every year. The low cost of the barrier to entry and the glamour of being a professional photographer attracts lots of newcomers every year. But just as fast as they enter they quickly go out of business. It takes a lot of work to keep a business healthy, profitable and clients happy year after year.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Eder Photo – what should we know?
My photography is bold, bright and modern. I love creating big imagery that wows the viewer. Often times using a mixture of artificial light within colorful sceneries.

I am constantly learning new techniques to push the creativity further. I like to further challenge myself to create something new and exciting by entering into international photography competition. I have won 5 awards in the last 3 years for my portraiture work from Wedding and Portrait Photography International.

I take most pride in knowing that I am helping families document big moments. I love the idea of future generations looking at family photos and seeing the images that I created for them. Future generations getting to relieve the past through my eyes.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I owe a lot of my success to the internship that Jared Bauman and Bronson Pate put together to educate photography students. Without it, I do not know if I would have started my career in photography. At the time I was still in between two different career paths and the internship nudged me in the direction that I ended up going in.

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Image Credit:
Eder Photo
Bronson Pate

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