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Life and Work with Adriana Gonzalez

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

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I got my start to photography in 2011 a few months after I graduated college. I got the opportunity to intern for a photographer who specialized in South Asian weddings. I knew nothing about the craft as I went to school for Graphic Design. Therefore, my job with him at first was to carry lights, sandbags, and pretty much just help assist the photographer. He then began teaching me about the camera and how it worked and it quickly became my new passion! He then promoted me to a 2nd shooter and not long after made my main shooter. It was all I can think of, I loved capturing these couples in these amazing weddings! I shot Indian, Pakistani, Muslim weddings, you name it! They were all so vibrant and colorful. I then left his studio and moved to Cancun Mexico with my sister to start our own Photo and Video business. I was living out there for almost 4 years and specialized in Destination Weddings. It was such a fun experience, but after a few years of living there I was ready to come back home to my native LA! This is when I created my own line called Simply Adri Photography and have just been loving being back! I now specialize in weddings, lifestyle, and boudoirs. Feels good to be home!

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?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. I’ve had to continuously grow and learn new things all the time. I have worked in 3 different markets, therefore I have had to educate myself on each one, how it works and how I can be of value to each. One of my biggest challenge was moving back from Cancun to L.A. I knew the competition was quite high, but never did I imagine to what degree it would be. I came from booking 25+ weddings a year to booking 2, if I was lucky during my first year back. It was a humbling experience to say the least, but when you have a passion for your craft it’s just not in you to quit. So here I am pursuing the dream!

Please tell us about Simply Adri Photography.
I specialize in weddings, as I love love as cliche as that may sound. I feel quite lucky and honored to be able to freeze the happiest moments in a person’s life to be remembered forever. I wouldn’t change my craft for the world. I also have a sweet spot for lifestyle sessions, and boudoirs. I am known for light and aery aesthetic and also for just loving what I do so much. I pour my heart to every session I do and I am always open to getting creative with locations and poses, because why not?

I most proud about the fact that I have been able to take my brand to new places, and new projects, and is in constant evolution. My brand is inclusive and open to anyone. I’d have to say that what sets me apart from my competitors is my willingness to personalize each shoot and passion for transforming my clients into friends.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Follow your passion, don’t give up, the road may not always be pretty but as long as your craft fuels your heart you can achieve your goals. Be open and humble to change. Be constantly learning.


  • Wedding Investments start at $2,700 usd
  • Lifestyle Sessions start at $400 usd
  • Boudoir sessions start at $500 usd

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Photographer: Simply Adri Photography

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