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Meet Jasmine Baeza of Jasmine Baeza Photo in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Baeza.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jasmine. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I first started taking photos of my friends when I was about 15 years old, I was shooting with 30mm Kodak disposable cameras. To be completely honest, I couldn’t afford them but I managed to print stacks and stacks of memories. Over time I gained interest in editing photos for my friends but I did all of it for fun. I was quite the rebellious child and never saw this as something I could make a career out of.

After dropping out and getting my diploma at 17 years old I took a break because I didn’t know what I wanted to do & felt that I just wanted to live my life, college was definitely not in mind at this point. I took my newfound freedom and moved to live in Dallas, TX but it didn’t last more than 6 months, bills were tough to keep up with as I was only working a part-time job at Foot Locker. I ended up moving back to my hometown of Hobbs, N.M. and immediately signed up for classes at the New Mexico Junior College. I was unsure of a major but swayed towards Psychology & Social Work.

My second semester to last I took a Photography class as an elective and quickly dropped any ideas of becoming a Social Worker because I believe its important to do something you love for the rest of your life. Within 3 months I had researched Art schools across the US and ended up loving the programs the Art Institute in North Hollywood offered. By the end of the year, I had moved to Los Angeles and dived into learning everything I could about Photography. The year and a half was hyper-focused and gruesome but I was determined, by December of 2013 I graduated with my AA in Digital Photography.

Since then I have specialized in shooting Portrait Photography which allows me to work with many people. Whether it be Portraits, Beauty, Fashion, and/or Family, I love to produce photo shoots and help my clients with creative direction. Post-production also knew as the editing process is also one of my favorite parts. I make it sound easy but it has been a long time coming, I work up to 12 hour days and sometimes weeks at a time with no day off but I wouldn’t do it any other way!

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?
Not at all. I worked full-time jobs to maintain bills and still worked late nights and weekends on my craft for my own sanity. There were times I couldn’t pay rent for these reasons. There was one time in particular that the 1st was three days away and my next check wasn’t coming in for 2 weeks but a last-minute wedding booking came through and saved the day. The journey started in January of 2012 and it wasn’t until March of 2017 that I became a full-time Photographer that didn’t have to work for anyone else. And it still isn’t easy but its gotten 1000x better.

Please tell us about Jasmine Baeza Photo.
I take photos of people to put it simply but I absolutely love to shoot Beauty & Fashion Stories/Portraits. I never turn down any job though, so you can even catch me shooting Children’s Portraiture & Product Photography. I believe what sets me apart is that I care about my client’s needs and the outcome of our photoshoots the most. In response to the patience and attention to detail, I often get to catch real moments and a person’s true essence.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Wow. This one took me for a spin. I had a tough childhood so what I appreciated the most was small things like spending time with my family & cousins on a chill day cooking out.

Contact Info:

  • Website: jasminebaeza.com
  • Phone: 818/207/3208
  • Email: info@jasminebaeza.com
  • Instagram: jasminebaezaphoto
  • Facebook: jasminebaezaphoto

Image Credit:
Dimitri Ray, Paloma Alcantar, Laura Manzanares, Aiyana Lewis, Breaunna Trask, Jaycina Almond, Jacely Fuentes, Blo Blow Dry Bar, Kiram Hundal, Jessie Monge, Autumn Ajirotutu, Rachel Mortenson, Joyjah Estrada, Tori Griffin, Kendra & Yara

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