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Meet Michelle Mosqueda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Mosqueda.

Michelle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I picked up a 35mm Minolta camera at a pawn shop in Las Vegas when I was thirteen. It didn’t take long before I became obsessed with taking pictures. I asked everyone I knew if they would model, and surprisingly they agreed even when I put them in the funkiest outfits and unusual settings. From the beginning I was really invested in my new craft. I remember feeling sick to my stomach when it was time to pick up film from the lab because I was SO nervous to see how my photos came out. Fast forward to college, and by that time I couldn’t imagine choosing a major unrelated to Art, so I studied Photography and became further immersed in the art community. Eventually I landed an internship at Samuel Lippke Studios, which propelled me towards the direction of event photography and taught me so much about building client relationships.

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?
It’s been easy knowing how much I love being a photographer. Because I’ve been with my camera for 15+ years, it’s become a part of who I am and now there’s a sense of being there for each other through thick and thin. It’s a relationship I haven’t wanted to wave goodbye to. There’s definitely been challenges when I’ve worried about landing the “right” jobs. Photography is such a widespread industry, and just because you’re a photographer doesn’t mean you’re going to be the best fit for every type of photo gig. It’s been difficult trying to navigate where I belong and where my skillset can shine. You can easily go down so many paths that keep you from expanding the way you should. I often reference this quote from Rick Owens: “I don’t always know exactly what’s right, but I know what’s wrong a lot.”

Michelle Mosqueda – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
You should know that it’s my utmost goal to make you feel comfortable and confident when photographing you. Even if you don’t think you’re photogenic, leave it to me to find your most flattering angle. I’d say that even though my photographs and clientele are diverse, my style is consistent and I’d be the last person to produce something just because it’s trendy.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I’m really proud of the traveling I’ve done. I used to think that it was separate from my career because I was traveling on my own accord, but now I can understand how the two aren’t exclusive. Seeing the world has given me stronger eyes, and getting to know various cultures has given me the ability to relate to all types of people. And now I have a collection of work that’s available to everyone, so they can blissfully look at my photographs hanging in their home and also feel like they right there in Italy with me.

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