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Meet Ivanna Alcantara

 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivanna Alcantara.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ivanna. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always loved to capture moments, ever since I can remember I liked photographing my friends. I would take a camera on my middle school camping trips, I joined my first photography class as a freshman in High School and somehow eight years later, I’m still doing it. I moved to Los Angeles four years ago and I was able to share my creations with others in a much more free and creative environment.

I guess I did something right along the way because people started to resonate with my work. It started with me shooting my friends for fun in random spots to now photographing fashion brands, artists, companies, and magazines including VOGUE.

In truth, I found what I love doing but also found myself in this never-ending process.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest obstacle has always been and still is self-doubt.

It easy to fall into a pit of doubt when creating art and using our creativity.

Will others like it? will they understand? How will it be perceived? and also, this vision that I’m having will I be able to execute?

So to me, it’s always been that doubting I can achieve and having creative blocks but I try to overcome this by practicing art in other mediums to let my brain explore.

I paint or build or create. Recently I’ve gotten into screenprinting which is quite fun.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I focus mostly on fashion photography BUT I don’t want to put myself into a box or at least that is my goal for the future.

If it’s creative and it resonates with me, I want to be part of it.

I don’t like this idea of boxing creatives into certain things because it limits their space for creation.

So yes, fashion and people but I want to be able to work with people who want to innovate and bring their craziest ideas to life.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I grew up in Mexico City, which as a whole was great. But I do have this vivid memory of me dressing up in a mini skirt and heels when I was like 5 or 6, getting my pink Barbie microphone turning on my cd player, and singing loves me to do by the Beatles in the middle of my living room. I guess I wanted to be Dua Lipa or Madonna.

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