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Meet Trailblazer Carmina Aguirre

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carmina Aguirre.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
One of my main reason why is started photography was because I didn’t have any baby pictures of myself. My first camera I bought was back when I was 22 with my first job. I saved and bought my first point and shoot camera. I was happy and took a lot of pictures. I also just loved cameras I have a collection of both working/nonworking cameras. Then one day I decided to invest in a professional camera, from there, I just took a couple of pictures and then a couple of my coworkers told me to take pictures of them or like their kids. I did and I loved it. So from there, I started to add my finish work on my personal Instagram page. I contacted random people on Instagram if they wanted to work with me on a collab. From there, I decided to make a photograph page showcasing my work. Since then, I’ve been a collaboration with people to improve my skills.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
For me one of the big struggles to this day is my shyness. For me, it was hard to ask random strangers that I don’t know if they want to work with me. Then meeting them at the location that I wouldn’t and I don’t know them as well, and in order for things to not get weird I would have to make conversation. So, in a way made get out of my shell and break that barrier that I struggle with. Another challenge that I’ve learned just from working with models is that there is not a lot females photographer out there. Almost with every model that I talked to they would say not many or I was there second female photographer they worked with. I feel like this industry there is a lot male photographers. It’s been hard to stand out and just get your name out. One thing that I also learned which I think this is with all photographer deal with and I know I have is comparing your work with other photographers. Just remember everyone has there unique style of capturing pictures and editing them as well.

We’d love to hear more about Mina’s Photography.
What I do is photography. I do work more with females models and I do a lot of portraits. My style is definitely bright vivid colors, But, I also like to challenge myself with wedding and quinceanera or if someone contacts me with an idea I will gladly do it. I try to send a message out to my pictures. I also like working with props as well.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
One of the many barriers females in leadership face that I have observed is sexualism. Being taken seriously with the same content as your male counterpart in the same leadership role is indeed a challenge. As a female photographer taking pictures when it seems like everyone is doing it.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 760-215-9447
  • Email: aguirrecarmina1@gmail.com
  • Instagram: mina4lifes minasphotography1
  • Facebook: minasphotography


Image Credit:
Lesley Lane, Christopher Leon, Stacy Ortiz, Erika Gonzalez, Malik Shabazz

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