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Conversations with Betsy Castellanos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Betsy Castellanos.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started shooting in high school and fell in love with it then, but it was more of a hobby at the time. I went to college as a language pathologist major, then decided that it wasn’t for me and switched to photography. I fell in love with it more, but I think it was the editing that I enjoyed a bit more. Now I work as a digital image specialist with Fabletics and genuinely enjoy being a part of a team and editing images. I still do shoots on the side during the weekends, I still get the regular families asking for the family session during the holidays, and I still pick up a few wedding and model sessions thought the year to keep that creative mind working. I have been touching a bit on shooting dirt bikes because of my boyfriend, so learning more about sports photography has been fun. I am blessed to have the opportunity to know and learn from many amazing photographers. I am genuinely grateful for all the opportunities I get with photography, meeting many people, and capturing many moments to remember.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No, I think like any career, it comes with its challenges. A significant challenge is marketing yourself to be more valuable than an iPhone photo. I am truly blessed with the opportunities I’ve had. The different companies and projects have helped me get to where I am. It is a challenge being a freelancer and scary not having a stable income. But when you trust God in the process, you accomplish many goals and never fall short in your needs.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a retoucher, and I am happy to say that I specialize in and enjoy doing. Retouching has helped me learn a bit more about Photoshop and all its tricks. I still enjoy getting random wedding and family portraits because I never want to lose that creativity from photography. What sets me apart is the relationship I build with my clients. I like to be friends and continuously care and be available to capture significant moments for them.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Professors from CBU care about their students and want to see them succeed. As well as all the friends I made in the photography program; we have all helped each other out. We call each other when we need help or if we see a good opportunity for one another, we communicate and lift ourselves to success. Kern has been an enormous blessing to my career and has helped me get to today. I am so glad we had him as our professor our senior year of college.

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Brooke Dekota Alaya Rebecca Veronica

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