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Meet Celia Sanchez of Celia Sanchez Photography in Inland Empire

Today we’d like to introduce you to Celia Sanchez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Celia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started carrying around a camera with me around middle school, nothing fancy usually just those disposable cameras. After high school my father gave me my first manual camera. I had no clue how to use it and enrolled into some photo classes at my local community college and after taking a couple more classes I knew I had to find a way to make this into a career. In 2016 I graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and I’m now working as a product photographer by day and an artist the rest of my time. I love making images. The entire process of coming up with a concept, having a vision and making it come to life excites me.

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?
Nothing ever is! There’s always challenges, but I think my biggest personal struggle has been trying to find a balance between work and family. I’m a mother and I can easily get sucked into mom mode where I’m not making the time to create work or even think about creating work. I find those times really affect my mood so I try and carve out time where I allow myself to be creative.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize in creating conceptual portraits, and exploring subcultures. My most featured body of work is my series Devoted. It’s a series of portraits focusing on mothers breaking conventional stereotypes. I’m currently working on a number of series.

What were you like growing up?
Socially awkward introvert and bookworm who would do anything to make people laugh. Not much has changed.

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