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Meet Justin Quebral of Justin Quebral Photography in Alhambra

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin Quebral.

Justin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It started off as a hobby in high school that I got second-hand from my older brother. We have a substantial age gap, so growing up, I naturally looked up to him a lot and just picked up on his interests – photography being one of them.

As a graduation gift, he had actually helped me buy my first DSLR that I ended up abusing for the next 4 years shooting anything and everything that my mind wanted to explore – from street architecture to fashion. Through that time, I had ventured in running a clothing brand with a few close friends of mine which fused my interests in photography and fashion/editorial.

Fast forwarding to 2016, I had met Mariel Cornel, my girlfriend and blogger (@polydeux). With her, I then took my talents to shooting more portrait based photography in conjunction with working men and women fashion/lifestyle bloggers that propelled myself into the career I have now.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I can’t say it was a smooth road, but I don’t want to say it was so extremely difficult either. It definitely wasn’t without any of the normal setbacks that any self-sustaining entrepreneur would experience.

But what I’d say my biggest struggle was being okay with what I was doing – which probably played a role in identity acceptance. What I mean by that is, at the time I was deciding if I wanted to do photography full-time, I was a college student focusing on my path of getting a degree and graduating. And coming from a traditional Asian household, I was definitely held to a standard of “you must complete your education”.

So for a solid two years, I struggled with accepting the fact that it was okay to be taking a leap of faith in freelancing and not being fruitful in my business won’t last forever.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Justin Quebral Photography – what should we know?
To put it simply, I’m a full-time freelance photographer. I specialize in fashion/editorial and portraiture type photography but keep my interests and general scope pretty open.

There’s nothing, in particular, I want to say that makes me that much better than anyone else because so many of them bring so much to the table that I respect and help shape the game as it is. But the one thing I’d pride myself on is efficiency and turn-around time all in the name of customer satisfaction. If you’re happy, then I’m happy.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Three main groups of people I credit my success so far to:
– My parents, for being very critical of decisions but at the end of the day giving me their support and understanding. I opened the doors for myself but they help me keep them open.
– My close group of friends, because its pretty irreplaceable to have a group of like-minded people to call your best friends that push you forward continuously without even trying to.
– My girlfriend, who’s practically my partner in crime in this industry that we’re in. What we do in our respective careers go hand-in-hand so our Bonnie n’ Clyde dynamic helps me keep going.

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Image Credit:
LL Cool J / Rock The Bells Radio (SiriusXM), Mariel Cornel, MintCrew Clothing

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