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Meet Alan Villasenor of Alan V Photos

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

Alan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m a portrait and landscape photographer and father of two very beautiful daughters. I fell in love with the outdoors and photography a few years ago and I dove right in. My very first photoshoot was actually with my oldest daughter at a local park. Once I reviewed the photos, I felt a spark that ignited my love for capturing the essence of people and beautiful places.

Having traveled to a few different National Parks in the US and Canada, I came to fall in love with not only experiencing the outdoors but capturing its beauty with my photography as well. Empowerment to me was something I knew of but did not have a complete grasp on. I have always and continue to feel empowered as a father because I value raising my daughters to be loving and compassionate while fiercely following their passions and stepping into their truest selves. How could I embody my truest self too? When I picked up the camera and snapped the first photo, my calling was unearthed and my purpose was revealed. Since that day, I have not only been able to empower myself through my craft but share this gift with up and coming photographers and individuals looking to feel that spark within as well.

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?
The road to becoming a full-time photographer has been an interesting ride to say the least. First and foremost, the challenges and obstacles are all worth it due to the immense amounts of support I have received from my family, my friends, and my beautiful daughters.

One of the biggest struggles was letting go of a successful career in sales to pursue my passion. Having to depend solely on yourself to produce clients, come up with business ideas and making it profitable are challenges I face all the time as a business owner. The biggest obstacle I’ve faced has actually been myself, I struggled for the longest time because I didn’t believe in myself to the fullest. I really have a supportive family to thank for pushing me to continue to pursue my passion, I’m very grateful for my family and some close friends who would cheer me on from a distance.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My business has evolved to two separate entities, portrait photography and landscape photography. Two entities I am equally proud of for very different, yet interconnecting reasons.

Portrait photography allows me to connect with people in ways that I’ve never been able to before. When a person is in front of your camera lens, you see them. Not only physically, but you get a glimpse into the person’s life story, the struggles and the triumphs and what is yet to happen along their journey.

As a landscape photographer, I get to travel to some pretty incredible places! But beyond the remarkable locations, I am able to transport a person to the exact moment, allowing the viewer to experience what I captured. They don’t just see it, it is my intent for them to feel what I felt in that moment.

At the end of the day, both entities are connected by one simple yet beautiful thing: human connection. Creating a connection through a portrait or in places around the world. My work sets me apart because I leave a lasting impact through my photography, whether it be creating an empowering portrait photo or showcasing nature’s beauty.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always very interested in learning new things, I can remember when we got our first ever personal computer. I sat in front of that computer for a week straight trying to figure out how it worked. A lot of my time was spent playing sports with my brothers too, I never really liked sports but they needed me to even out the teams. Over time I grew to love sports and challenging myself to become better at them.

The thing that is interesting to me is that I never felt I was a creative person growing up. I could never draw, color, paint or even write well. So when I discovered photography, I ended up unlocking a side of me I never knew I had. Creativity is now at the forefront of my business and I do everything I can to set myself apart creatively.

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