Today we’d like to introduce you to Eugene X Ramos.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Eugene. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
8 years ago I bought a camera for the first time. It was right out of college. Funny enough, it wasn’t used for photography. It was mainly used for videography. I wanted to record my friends and I dancing hip-hop routines.
That opened up a whole world of media in general. I was really self-taught. Soon enough I learned it would be wise to get better in cinematography by learning the foundations of photography. This exposed me to the infinite world of shaping light. Like most photographers starting out, I just shot my friends. Coming from a background of cinematography for about 4 years it prepared me to use strobes in photography because I heavily used 3 point lighting in film. Lighting added depth, and creative ideas. This allowed my style of photoshoots to be more cinematic.
At the time I was shooting pictures of people during events or weddings, I was really into fashion. Mainly, it was just do dress up nice and to get attention. Buying nice clothes and nice shoes led meeting new people like local retailers.
At the Local fashion, retailers were nice enough to do lend their latest collection for a photo shoot. It gave them to post pictures on their social media sites and it helped me get the opportunity. After doing a few more of those shoots with them, more people started to hire me for random photoshoots. I brought that fashion/magazine editorial look with the mentality of a cinematographer to do: family photoshoots, engagement shoots, lifestyle shoots, and headshots etc. Although I still haven’t got my business going strong, I’m starting to find my style, and offer a unique product for my clients.
Has it been a smooth road?
When your day feels like there’s no time in the day for your passion, I would still invest a little time in my passion to get better. Sometimes it would be 1hr of online tutorials.
Reading literature about your craft, freelancing, or just practicing. There would be days I would just invest 5 hours straight from 10pm-5am after working a 10 hr full-time shift to pay the bills.
No matter how short or long I invested in my craft. I would always make sure I invest daily. Even if it’s ten minutes, it’s still an investment. Just don’t stop working. Keep making it a daily habit. The moment you stop putting coins in your piggy bank, the rate of reaching your maximum capacity has become stagnant. Keep investing, keep shooting, keep learning, keep practicing. All of this investment will make the process of growing more quick and fruitful
So, as you know, we’re impressed with xavierimagination (IG) – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
At the moment I just want express ideas with others. I see myself collaborating on themes, concepts, and experimentation. I want to express my thoughts and feelings or help others accomplish it with my talents.
The one thing I try to do with photo shoots is utilized light. Whether its natural light or strobes/flashes, I like to be as creative as I can get by using light. I can use it to create: depth, look cinematic, add unique colors with gels or ad volumetric light with smoke. Stuff like that makes every photo shoot different and fun.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
San Diego is a melting pot of creatives, and different individuals, The opportunity to work and meet amazing/talented people have shaped the person I have become. I love the diversity here.
What I least like is that, it’s not really known for the industry. If you want to make it, you should go to a large market like LA or New York. It seems like the natural route. I’ve known many artists who have broken through the industry just fine and being successful in it and still reside in San Diego.
Its possible to be great at what you do and rep your city, but San Diego just doesn’t have that stigma like Big Market cities. I believe it’s on the way up. I believe this city’s hustle will drive innovation and makes San Diego unique
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @xavierimagination
Eugene X Ramos