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Meet Nola Fontanez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nola Fontanez.

Nola, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was raised in the Military so we moved around a lot and this meant we also saw a lot. I can remember early on wanting to capture anything and everything I saw in order to have some sort of tangible memory to take with me to the next base. Memories are a beautiful thing but being able to look back at an actual image made it that much sweeter. I didn’t realize I loved photography until my first film class in high school. It was the hardest class to grasp technically, but I loved wondering around capturing anything and everything. And to be honest my images back then were pretty bad and pointless (think pictures of my dogs eye ball and my dirty converse shoes). Fast forward to four years ago and a couple of degrees later (degrees NOT in photography) here I am a full-time photographer who still takes random images, but with more of a purpose now. My purpose is to now capture memories and important milestones for others. We all have a story and memories that need to be captured!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road, but whatever is? I got married young to my still hubs (Hey Santi) and we moved to Japan (his first duty station) where we worked and went to college art night. I still loved photography but in my head it wasn’t a safe bet financially so I did what I thought I was supposed to do. After eleven years of moving around with the military, deployments, a couple of kids (I have an almost eight years old and a 16 years old), and a ton of adventures, I knew something was missing. It wasn’t until my husband separated from the military and we moved to California that he sat me down. He told me to buy the camera, learn what I needed to, figure the business out, and try. He told me what I already knew…that I would regret not trying because of possibly failing then never trying and still failing. So here I am! A full-time photographer who still faces challenges but loves every bit of it and has zero regrets.

Nola Fontanez Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I love capturing families and all the tiny things that, as a parent myself, know will be missed as their children get older. I would say that most of my work is family session, but I also set aside time to capture weddings. Weddings feed my soul and take me back to my own wedding where my we picked flowers out of the back yard and were married in my living room. I am most proud of growing this business from literally nothing to where I now travel around the world, make a living off of what I love, and am able to continue learning and growing.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the community vibe and how around any corner I can find something yummy to eat, something to document, places to visit, and all the people watching I want. I have to be honest…I dislike the traffic 🙂


  • Family Sessions start at 450
  • Newborn sessions start at 500
  • Weddings start at 2100

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Nola Fontanez Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Maria Bradarich

    October 31, 2021 at 21:53

    Hi Nola,
    My name is Maria Bradarich and you photographed my niece Tiffany Iacono Atkinson’s wedding in August 2021.
    Just wondering if you are available for my son’s wedding in San Pedro CA on Tuesday, February 22, 2022…that’s 2/22/22!!
    If yes our wedding planner and Aunt of the Bride, Elaine Hurd will contact you. The Bride and Groom are Philip and Megan Bradarich
    Thank You!

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