Today we’d like to introduce you to Dennis Roy Coronel.
Dennis Roy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It is something that I find myself explaining whenever I meet a new client. A story I quite enjoy re-telling! I did not grow up thinking I would be a Wedding Photographer or wake up one day and just decide that I was going to dive head first into the Wedding Industry, but diving in is exactly what happened. How?
I was a recent Film School graduate, and keeping in touch with my school, I was constantly in search of work. Trying to land a gig on set, thinking I was going to be the next Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) or Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity). The last job the school ended up sending my way, would be the last job I would accept from them (insert dramatic drum roll).
I received a call from my Career Advisor, telling me that he had a Wedding available for me to shoot. I immediately hopped on the opportunity, as bills needed to get paid (Student loans are no joke). What I did not know, is that the union of this couple would change my outlook on many different levels. Most importantly – on what I valued most: Love.
I very quickly became immersed in the surrounding energy, and vibe of the day… but once the speeches came, I was a mess! My Daughter was only a couple of months old, so I was still very fresh on the emotional high of being a new Dad. So the speeches pretty much floored me! I found myself wiping away tears and immediately knew that this was an industry I needed to be involved with. To be a part of something real, something very tangible… something timeless.
Later that week, I found myself diving head first into this industry by doing a ton of research and buying any relevant books I could feed my mind and creativity with. I quickly sought out the Top Wedding Photographers in the industry and paid attention to what it is that Brides & Grooms yearn for when it comes to their photography.
So I ended up trading in the possibility of capturing stories of fictional characters, for capturing love stories of every day people – Teachers, Peace Keepers, Lawyers, Students, Artists… This new level of connection I had with my subjects was raw, organic and very much real. As is love.
Has it been a smooth road?
Sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice!!! I am all about learning theory before I put anything into practice. So countless of hours were spent late night, researching, sitting through workshops, and many books. I sacrificed any sense of a social life in order to accelerate the learning process. I had a family to provide for and I was not going to be passive about coming into this industry without any support.
Another struggle was building a network. I did not have a strong network of people to market my newly formed business too. So I had to really grind to get my work out there and get recognized.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
The most difficult part of my line of work is the fact that your work/paycheck is not guaranteed on a month-to-month basis, unlike a regular 9-5 salary job. Your income is solely reliant on your ability to market yourself and book yourself solid throughout the year.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
When I was 18 years old, I heard some words of wisdom that shook me to my core and changed the way I would look at work or success. I learned not to work for a living, but instead for a lifestyle. So my success isn’t necessarily defined by what it is in my bank account, but more about how I am living life.
So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
As of two years ago, my line of work has begun to take me out of the country for Destination Weddings. I recently came back from a trip to Europe for a Destination Wedding and leaving again to Mexico at the end of the year with a few more in the calendar for next year. So traveling is definitely something I am looking forward to and planning on doing more of in the future. Besides that, I am looking forward to taking on students and taking on more of a Mentor role.
- Website: www.dennisroycoronel.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @dennisroycoronel
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/dennisroyphotography
- Other: Pinterest – @drcphotofilm