Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Lozano.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
It all started when I was fourteen years old. My freshman year of high school taking a photography class and then eventually till my senior year. Learning to develop my own negatives and putting them onto paper in the darkroom. The art of perfecting dodging and burning of each image was a challenge and fun in itself.
At the age of eighteen my teacher referred me to my very first wedding client. Was I scared, nervous and felt unworthy all at the same time? Heck yeah! After the event and developing the images I then presented them to the bride and her family. There was one thing she said that I will always carry with myself and that was “you have a promising talent, don’t ever lose it.”
After going to college and trying to figure out life and a career, I thought money was what you needed. Finding myself in different paths of careers but never felt the passion for each, I ended up living in Vegas for about seven years before really discovering that photography was truly what I wanted to do. Although all this time I thought it was a hobby, I decided to move to San Diego in 2010 and really put in the effort of owning a business and making a living in what I discovered was my passion. Many countless hours of me going through my head of wondering if I was good enough, it took more time than I thought.
One of my best friends asked if I could take her pregnancy photos. I said, “sure why not.” After showing her the images I created, she also said something I will also never forget and that was “I didn’t know I could look like that!” to see the excitement from just a few images made me more ecstatic and that was the feeling I wanted to pursue.
At that time, my confidence kicked in and has driven me to be a better artist. To see my client’s reaction in how happy they are with their images makes me more and more motivated to do what I love. This may sound a bit cliché’ but it is true when people say “it’s not work if you do what you love.”
I have and will continue making people happy and I know I can through the images I photography with them. It’s my art.
Making a choice to move and start a new career in what I love has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Of course, with the support of my friends and family I am happier with what I have chosen and can’t wait to see how much further I can push myself to do better.
Please tell us about your art.
I specialize in portraits. Many portraits whether it is toddlers, family, engagements to weddings. I create them as easy as I can. I find that all people don’t necessarily like to photograph and normally they feel the pressure of having to look “perfect” for a family shoot or an engagement. As a photographer I want you to feel comfortable, talk to you as a friend, like we’ve known each other for years.
I notice after taking the first shot they feel a little uneasy, silly, weird. While conversing and getting a few more till the end of our session I then ask how they felt. The answer has always been positive. They felt so comfortable and knowing this makes me feel like I did my job right.
As far as what I hope people take away from what I do is confidence. Nothing is more important than feeling good in your own skin. I always do my best with a client to make sure they feel good about themselves. When they walk away from the shoot feeling good and then seeing those images after, the excitement and confidence all comes together at the end.
Knowing I helped create that feeling for them is exactly the reason why I love being a photographer.
Something you should know about my work is that it sincerely comes from something I love to do. I take great passion in every image I photograph as it was me in the photo. I’d rather focus on quality versus quantity. Staying as long as I can at a wedding to make sure I’ve shot everything as if the wedding was mine.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Advice I would offer to other artist is to seek that confidence in yourself. Showing your work and to keep gaining motivation for what you are passionate for.
A lesson I wished I learned earlier would honestly be confidence. Wished I would have built that courage to show the world what I could do before. But I’m glad I eventually developed it.
- Website: marialozanophotography.com
- Phone: 7023397626
- Email: MariaLozanoPhotography@gmail.com
- Instagram: @marialozanophotography
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MariaLozanoPhotography/
- Twitter: @MloPhotography
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