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Meet Rich Mino of Mino Pro Media Group (MPMG) in East Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rich Mino.

Rich, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
MPMG launched in January 2016. Our goal: to create marketing content for local (and ultimately national) clients in two target markets – Hospitality & Architecture/Interior Design. For the physical spaces in these markets, we focus on video, photography and digital VR content to virtually immerse our clients’ customers into their space. Restaurants also started contracting with us to shoot their menu items, and so we expanded Hospitality to include food photography. This service addition garnered the attention of a national client who now keeps our team of 30+ photographers busy with daily food shoots throughout the country.

In 2017 we secured studio space in East Village in response to a growing demand for work in an additional target market – Headshot/Portrait Work for the corporate professionals in the Hospitality & Architecture/Interior Design industries. The studio serves as both MPMG’s headquarters in San Diego and creative space for private shoots with full lighting control.

Our passion for aesthetic and design pours into each one of our projects. We’re honored to currently be serving as Chapter Photographers for the American Society of Interior Designers’ San Diego Chapter. Our team is so excited about the relationships we’ve built and the opportunities we’ve been presented, and look forward to continued growth in the year ahead.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We’ve had our fair share of challenges along the way. Before starting MPMG in 2016 we existed as a bi-coastal company in an unofficial partnership with a talented creative from the east coast. After building that company over a few years, our respective talents and interests pulled us in different directions, resulting in the closure of that company and with that a period of uncertainty and lost identity.

How do we rebrand, restart, refocus?
Once we relaunched, we were first working out of a space in East Lake subleasing space from a graphic design team. Five months into that space, their business shut down and we were left without a creative space to call home. Startups aren’t easy – they require discipline, dedication to a vision, and a lot of hard work to create and sustain a company that continues to provide for the financial needs of our team without losing sight of why we started it all.

The satisfaction in experiencing the success of all that hard work is worth it though, as any entrepreneur would tell you!

Please tell us about your business.
At MPMG, we love shooting beautiful things. From the elegant plating of a chef’s work of art to the aesthetic of an amazingly designed space, our passion is in capturing the beauty of these subjects in various formats.

Marketing professionals leverage both video and photography for different purposes, and we are always innovating ways to make each of these mediums more engaging and creative with every shoot. The advent of VR video and photography has allowed us to embrace and leverage new technology to showcase projects in an immersive virtual reality environment that sets us and our clients apart from the competition. Depending on need, we will often fly drones to capture aerial content to help tell the story in the video. Our studio space has allowed us to shoot both portraits for a varied client base, and launch into product video and photography as a new target market in 2019/2020.

Our biggest asset is a talented team of professionals that is willing to invest time and resources into our craft. This keeps us at the forefront of both technique and technology to better serve our clients.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Summers at the Jersey Shore. So much has changed since we’d travel there as a family, but I love having the memories of us together when the most we’d have to worry about was running out of sunscreen.

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Mino Pro Media Group, LLC

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