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Meet Diane Bagaoisan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diane Bagaoisan.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I did photography for fun when I got my first point and shoot as an early teenager. When I took a photography class during my senior year of high school, I became hooked with taking photos and considered doing it seriously which led me to majoring in Photography at Sacramento State.

I liked photographing people and getting to know your subject then using photography as a way to capture who they are, so I mainly focused on portraits because I loved the relaxing atmosphere of a portrait session. I had always told myself and other people, back then, that I didn’t want to do wedding photography because I had only heard how stressful it can be. But when I was given the opportunity to shadow and be mentored by a Sacramento wedding photographer in 2011, I figured I take up the opportunity and give it a try. It was then that I realized how rewarding and fun it was photographing weddings, so from there I made an effort to pursue wedding photography.

Please tell us about your art.
My inspiration for my wedding and portrait photography are my subjects. Before a gig, I try to get to know my clients, so when I photograph them I capture what I know about them and who they are. I’ll pose my clients when I need to or if they need guidance, but for the most part I like my subjects to be themselves and I like putting meaning into each photo I take of them, that way when someone they know sees their photos, I want them to think “oh yeah, that is so them”.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
My advice to other artists is: don’t compare yourself to other artists; create art for yourself. It’s so easy to compare your work to others and put yourself down and think you aren’t good enough (I’ll be honest, I’m totally guilty of doing that to myself). But when I take photographs the way I want to, I feel really good about myself and my work. And when you feel good about yourself and your work, others will feel and see that, too!

Also, don’t see other artists in your field as your competition, see them as your inspiration! This piece of advice goes hand-in-hand with my previous one because if you’re going to look at another artists work, again, don’t compare yourself to them but, instead, see their work as inspiration for yours and create from there!

A lesson I wish I learned early on was that it’s okay to say, “No.” By being a yes-person, you start to get taken advantage of, or you take on too many projects, or you take on projects you don’t really want to take on but are now stuck with, and sometimes it leads you to losing out on time, money, and even better opportunities. So, by learning and being comfortable with saying, “No,” especially when you own a business and are a one-man show, you can control how you want your business (and even life!) to run, figure out what you’re worth, and how you want to better spend your time and efforts.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
A portfolio of my work can be seen on my main website at And to keep up with my more recent gigs, you can check out my Instagram, dianebphoto, and sometimes I post fun and random things that aren’t portrait or wedding photos. I also occasionally do a #fridayintroductions post so that my followers can get to know something about me. =) And, pretty much, if you like my photography then hit that follow button on my Instagram!

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Notable image locations: La Grande Wedding & Event Center, California State University Long Beach, San Francisco City Hall.
Presets used: Noble Presets.

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