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Check Out Crisanta Mecate’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Crisanta Mecate.

Hi Crisanta, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I had so many albums full of polaroids of my Barbie dolls and Cabbage Patch Kids because I had been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. I’d like to think that my photography career started when I was 15 years old and bought my first SLR camera using all my money I had saved from childhood. I started shooting weddings professionally more than 15 years ago after years of photography classes

I was trained in the old-school way in which I assisted a wedding photographer for a year before I even got to hold a camera. In that time, I mostly carried equipment around and loaded film backs for the camera. But I also learned so much of customer service, how to run a business, and how to use my talent to the fullest.

I turned my focus to newborn photography when the last of my four children was born. I used that time in my life to be home with my children while also taking photography workshops to learn more about my craft.

I opened my first studio in Brea, CA in 2016. At that time, I was shooting nearly 30 weddings a year, along with maternity, newborns, and family. In 2018, I decided to shift my business to work mostly with newborns and families so that I could spend more time with my family on the weekends instead of shooting weddings. That year I also moved my studio location to Fullerton California, right in the heart of downtown Fullerton.

I moved into my current studio in Brea, CA in 2021 and I’m so proud of it. It’s full of all of the props and accessories that I would need for a newborn session. I have a fast client closet full of maternity gowns and children’s clothing for my clients to wear during photo shoots. There’s an area for parents to rest and watch TV while I work with their newborn babies for their newborn photo shoot. It really is a dream come true of mine to be a small business owner providing an awesome customer experience and products that will last for generations.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road, but any obstacles that I faced have made me a better photographer and businesswoman. I would say that the biggest struggle was trying to find a work/life balance. I was a mother of four children while also trying to run a business. Not only that, I love photography and my work so it was hard for me to take a break from it when needed. I don’t think I’ve found the perfect balance by any means, but I’m definitely more cognizant of how I spend my time.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I mainly specialize in maternity, newborn, and family photography. Many of my clients actually came to me as engaged couples and I get to document their journey in becoming a family. There honestly is no greater joy for me as a photographer than to see a family grow. I take great pride in my ability to build relationships and provide amazing service for so many families. You can see examples of this throughout my website https://freebirdstudios.net.

What were you like growing up?
I was an only child growing up (siblings came much later) so I was definitely spoiled and had a lot of attention. I was interested in photography very early in life. My grandmother got me a Polaroid camera around four years old because I showed such an interest in taking pictures. Being an only child and attending a private school throughout elementary, I was a pretty shy kid but definitely liked to step out of the box. As I got older, I found an appreciation for getting to know people and their stories and documenting it. I loved going to events and meeting new people, which really helped as a photographer.

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https://freebirdstudios.net/

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