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Meet Maria Lopez of Lomagraphy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Lopez.

Maria, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I just remember seeing these photos of portraits online, you know the ones with the shallow depth of field (bokeh) and I’d be mesmerized. I loved the effect, and ever since then, I knew I wanted to learn to take pictures. Obviously, I lean more towards portraits as it was my first love, so I learned about all the different prime lens, which is still my go to. I had a friend take me along to photography events and I learned on the field. I got to learn at baptisms, bridal showers, weddings etc… Now it’s something I love doing and I look forward to shooting any and all events.

Has it been a smooth road?
I definitely struggled in many aspects, including in choosing my photography name. My name, Maria Lopez, is very common as you can tell. I still wanted to include it somehow, so I grabbed the first two letters of my last name, first to letters of my first name, and (Lo)(Ma)graphy was born. Its also a play on words with the style of photography-Lomography, which is also another style I love.

After getting the name down, all the pieces sort of fell in place, I’ve gotten to work with a variety of clients and events, and they’ve all been insanely great and unique experiences, and I love that at the end of the day I have more shots to add to my portfolio.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Lomagraphy story. Tell us more about the business.
Lomagraphy was born 2018, though I’ve been professionally photographing for about 3 years. I love doing portraits, photoshoots and event photography. So weddings, quinces, baptisms, baby showers and the whole nine yards. I’ve been contacted to do maternity shots, headshots, baby portraits… each fun and challenging in their own way.

At my 9-5 I specialize in product photography and editing, so I’ve done a bit of every genre. I always ask my client what kind of images they have in mind and work from there. Once I’ve got their shot I have more time to allow myself to be creative and try different angles and poses, though nothing will beat those candid shots!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I feel even though we are going more digital the industry is definitely growing. More and more people want to learn the trade and pictures are always needed, especially in the social media era where we are all connected via Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

The shift being that instead of prints I deliver the images via the cloud- Google Photos, Dropbox or Onedrive. I offer prints, photo books and photo albums, however, I’ve noticed clients tend to lean towards buying a flash drive of the images or having me send them via the cloud. Who knows though, holding an actual image or putting it on your wall is always nice, which is why I feel these Instax cameras are so popular so maybe that’ll come back.

Pricing:

  • $50/hour
  • $10/edited img or you choose a package

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