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Meet Navila Espinal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Navila Espinal.

Navila, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
So, since I was little, I always liked anything artistic whether it was singing, drawing, dancing, taking photos, even pottery! So, once I got to high school, I started exploring all kinds of ways to let my energy out. Sophomore year, my fellow photographer friend (@Kaydee_photography) had her own Canon rebel which she would let me take off her hands some time to snap photos of our school and friends. Every day, I remember I would beg her to bring it to school, so I could snap photos all day, it was what made time fly by for me and not make me think about anything. That’s when I knew in the back of my head I might have just found my hidden passion. Once I graduated high school, I started to see some of my other friends from high school pursue their creative passions, and so I got heavily inspired to pursue mine. December of 2017, I bought my first DSLR, the Canon Rebel t6i. I was over the moon ecstatic and couldn’t wait to start creating amazing art with it. My best friends little brother Brandon (shoutout to you!!) reached out to me to have my first photo shoot with him. I remember watching hours of YouTube videos and teaching myself everything I need to know about composing, lighting, angles, all the basics pretty much. That first shoot will always hold a special place because it was the start of something so extraordinary. From that point on, I started growing more and more and doing things like buying more lens, learning about photoshop, getting my own laptop to edit, and so on. Other than the amazing photographs myself and others have produced, the friendships and experiences I got out of this were unbeatable. Everything I’ve learned has helped me grow big or small, and it’s nothing but consistent growth from here!!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Heck no. Nothing that you build from the ground up is easy. Anything that an entry-level photographer can mess up on, I pretty much did, LOL, but hey, you live and you learn. I’ve matured enough to appreciate the mess ups! At first, things would get to me and I would sulk in my fails but I got told by a lot of people that if I just allow myself to be okay with things and just to learn from them and move on, then things will feel a lot less heavy when I do mess up, and it does! Some of the struggles I dealt with were a comparison, time management, & multitasking. But with time all of that started to become a sub-conscious thing I was able to keep up with rather than something I had to think about first all the time.

Behindnavilaseyes – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Sooooo, my business is Behindnavilaseyes. At first, it was solely portraiting photography but with time I found new things I was good at and wanted to pursue. So now, I am a part-time lifestyle blogger, and portrait + conceptual photographer. I do take other kinds of photographs but those are what I focus on the most. I can definitely say I’m most proud of taking a leap of faith at my ideas and doing what I want to do and not what people expect. What sets me apart from everyone is the same thing that sets us all apart, the way our eye sees things. The way I edit my yellows and greens might not be the same way you do or the way I look at a model posing might not be the same way you do. Always remember, art is subjective.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success with being content and truly happy. Not content with the amount of money you make but you’re still miserable at your job, or content with working 80 hours a week but you have no time for your mental or physical health. I’m talking about being content and happy with every aspect of your life. financially, mentally, spiritually, physically. I am not saying you have to have every aspect absolutely perfect unless you’re a mega human but don’t fall short on some because it will cause life to feel unbalanced. Once you have a balance of all of those aspects as well as feeling content and happy within yourself, then you have succeeded.

Pricing:

  • Portrait package 1: $50 hourly, 15 edits, 1 location, unlimited outfits!
  • Portrait package 2: $75 hourly, 20 edits, 2 locations, unlimited outfits!

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Shoutout to these beautiful ladies Gaby, Kailyn, Alex <3, @gaby.centalles, @_princesskai, @alexndravega

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