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Meet Lucy Munoz of Lucy Munoz Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucy Munoz.

Lucy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My love for photography actually came from my father. He always had a camera in hand documenting every event and family gathering. He would sit for hours pouring through each photograph because he derived so much joy from it. It didn’t take too long before I became hooked. As a young child of about 10 years of age, I would take my friends that lived in the neighborhood, and style them so that I could take pictures of them. I still remember going to the Kodak Kiosk and dropping off my film. The hardest part was waiting patiently until I could pick up the photographs. I can’t even begin to describe the immense satisfaction that I felt once I received them. There was something so satisfying about capturing something that I had envisioned.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. Some of the struggles early on was going back to school to take photography courses, I really wanted to know all the technical aspects of photography so I knew that it was important to do so. It was hard because at that time I had two young kids, but thankfully my husband was very supportive. The other thing was creating a profitable business. This is very important as well. In the beginning I wasn’t even able to put a price on what I should charge. I didn’t realize the amount of money that it took to run my business. It wasn’t until I sat down to run the numbers that I realized I would need to charge more If I were seriously going to consider doing this as a career. During the same time, I was drawn back to my roots of film photography. I knew that eventually I would transition out of digital because I wasn’t as excited with my digital captures as I was with my film ones. The struggle wasn’t a big one for me. I knew early on that would be the right choice as it was a medium that had really never left my hands and felt the most comfortable. The major changes were adding to my smaller 35mm film cameras and going medium format. In the end it was all worth it because it changed the way I worked with my clients, slowing me down, as well as shaping me into the photographer that I am today.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lucy Munoz Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a wedding, lifestyle and editorial photographer. I’ve been photographing weddings for about 7 years in Los Angeles. I’m known for my luminous and light filled images.

I also mentor other photographers and teach film photography to beginners wanting to get a start in this field. I love that I get to document such an important occasion-such as a wedding, and that these photographs will be cherished and loved for generations.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My future plans will include teaching workshops. I also hold and MA in Education and teaching is second nature to me. My next move is to expand my travel print collection that I have currently on Etsy called Lucy Munoz Prints.

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