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Meet Trailblazer Adriana Ybarra

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adriana Ybarra.

Adriana, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My mother used to photograph film, she was a great photographer. I always have admired her many talents, photography was just one of them. In the second grade, I won a school raffle, the prize was a digital camera and it was all mine! I want to say that’s what really started it for me. As I grew up, my parents continued to support my enjoyment in photography and always made sure I had a camera of my own. My favorite thing was to photograph people, and it still is. I remember the first time I was asked to photograph a paid session, that was odd to me but my husband encouraged me to go with it, so I did. My business has organically grown over the years thanks to the incredible support of my family and loyal clients. I am forever grateful for this rewarding work and can truly say I am working my dream job.

Has it been a smooth road?
The photography industry can be extremely competitive, especially in Southern California. You do feel the pressure of comparing your work to others and feeling inadequate. But my advice although it may sound cliche really is to just not give up and get discouraged. Use others to motivate you to work harder and inspire you rather than discourage you. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there will always be people out there to appreciate your work and style.

We’d love to hear more about Adriana Ybarra Photography.
I focus on wedding photography and portraits. Recently I have worked to expand by incorporating wedding videography to my services! My husband is playing a big role in this and it has been a very rewarding adventure so far! Seeing my increase in wedding bookings has probably been the proudest I have been with my work. When people choose you to document one of the most important days of their lives, it truly is an honor.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
I remember looking through family photo albums with my parents and seeing photographs from my parents’ childhood and the life they had before I was born and thinking about how special photographs really are. I wanted to give other people photos they could look back at with their kids one day.

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