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Meet Alan Moser of Six Seconds of Sunshine in Walnut

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alan Moser.

Alan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
While growing up in Kansas, I didn’t have that much of an opportunity to travel. I was enthralled with photography however and remember my first film camera. I started out shooting with a Canon AE-1, making photos has been a lifelong passion for me. I started out traveling the world while in the Navy. Having had the opportunity to photograph many places and cultures while in the service. I moved to the L.A. area in 2015 and fell in love with the plethora of cultural opportunities, foods, and activities.

Today I’m a student at UC Riverside where I share the love of photography and the analog process with other students. I am a photography lab tech so I get to guide other students through the process of taking the photos they’ve made and drawing them out in the darkroom and digital labs.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road hasn’t always been smooth. I’ve suffered setbacks just like anyone else. Career changes, sudden deployments taking me away from family, and struggling to get noticed in an industry where some people think that an iPhone photo is “good enough.” As a small business owner figuring out how to market your self and learning from other creators has helped a lot.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
My business is a general-purpose photography business. I mostly work in portraiture and product photography. I’d definitely have to say the thing I’m most proud of is that my business allows me to help spread cheer to others. By being that person at an event dedicated to capturing memories, I am able to free up the “family” photographer to be able to enjoy the events and live in the moment and not miss out on important moments.

What sets me apart is my attention to detail, being able to quickly respond to changes in an event and getting shots that may have otherwise been missed.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
To me, success is getting up each morning and looking forward to what you’re doing for work that day. Having time to spend with my family and balancing our work with family life is what is most important to me.

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