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Meet Los Angeles Fashion Photographer: Alex Tupaz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Tupaz.

Alex, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started taking selfies and eventually taking photographs of my kitties and my garden. My kitties, besides the flowers in my garden, were my first models/subjects. They were always beside me while I do gardening and they were easy to photograph. And love the dynamics of the community on sharing in social media. I’m very active on Instagram, Facebook, and G+

I bought my first Canon in college. It was an old Canon model that I bought from a thrift store until now I still have it but no longer use it. Now I have a Canon 70D and a Canon 6D that I use for fashion photography. I would say I’m a “Canonista.”

Has it been a smooth road?
It was easy photographing my kitties and my garden because you won’t hear them complain. One day I got tired of taking selfies and self-portraits. Eventually, I tried asking family and friends if I could take their pictures. But nobody was interested. So it came to the point that I was #chasingdivas and #chasing dudes…literally!

A friend said yes, and another friend saw the images via social media. So another friend of a friend said yes until I was introduced by a friend to an international fashion designer John Ablaza who was visiting L.A. for his fashion show. He saw my work and I was asked to do his photo campaign for his Bow Tie Couture made of organic materials and handcrafted by the Mangyan women from the Philippines. I would say he discovered my potential as a fashion photographer. I love incorporating elements in my photography: water, nature, and architecture. So now I’m #chasingdreams and #secondchances.

When you look back, what are you most proud of?
As a fashion photographer, it’s important to be recognized and appreciated by designers, models, fashion bloggers and magazine publishers in the industry. Being able to collaborate with designers, artists, and models, and to see my work published in a magazine was an eye opener for me, realizing that I can actually be a fashion photographer and be good at it. I started and learned fashion photography the hard way. I would use #chasingdivas and #chasingdudes on my social media. It was hard to get models or designers for a newbie fashion photographer. And I had to prove in my photography that I understand fashion, has an eye for the creative art as well as, possess the technical capability to use an actual camera. I believe it’s never too late to chase a dream, work hard and put your heart into it, that someday it will pay off.

Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?
The biggest struggle was to find designers or models to collaborate with, that is why I have #chasingdudes and #chasingdivas on my social media. I got turned down or ignored so many times that I rather photograph my kitties. I started with family members, then friends, and friends of friends and eventually was discovered by an international fashion designer John Ablaza who was in L.A. for a fashion show. I eventually did his photo campaign for his Bow Tie Couture and was later published in a fashion magazine.

Is there something we can do as a city to improve the outlook for professionals like you?
The City of Angels has been good to me. L.A. is home to the most beautiful people and creative designers. So much opportunities here, so many beautiful locations and architecture for an outdoor shoot with its diversed culture and lifestyle. There’s a lot of photographers, designers and models in L.A. One just need to stand out, be who you are, be unique and be good at it. Like what the “Happy Man” said in the movie “Pretty Woman”. – “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood. Some dreams come true. some don’t; but keep on dreaming, this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin'”

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