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Meet Photographer and Digital Technician: Eji Eustaquio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eji Eustaquio.

Eji, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in the Philippines. My love for Photography started in high school. I would always bring my camera to school to shoot the most random things (and a lot of selfies. lol). After high school, I went to pre-med majoring in Psychology but still continued to shoot. I started volunteering for different organizations such as the United Nations doing photojournalism which took most of my time so I decided to transfer to art school. In art school, I learned about fashion and commercial photography and fell in love with it. I would shoot almost everyday, collaborating with students, fashion designers, and artists. I did a lot of testing to build my portfolio, doing everything I can to get the perfect story (ex. doing guerrilla shoots at a cemetery until after dark to get the right vibe, getting my car stuck in the sand because I wanted to do a “desert shoot”, driving for 4-5 hours, getting lost in the middle of nowhere, just to scout for locations, etc.).

Post-art school, I started working for major magazine publications in Manila until I decided to move to LA 3 years ago. I interned and assisted for a few photographers and studios I admire such as Bryan Alano, Ben Miller, and Louie Aguila, during my first year in LA. After building my network here I started freelancing doing photography and digital teching. I am currently working as a full-time digital technician for Nordstrom Rack | Hautelook and I freelance shooting campaigns, products, etc.

Has it been a smooth road?
No. Starting all over again here in LA, not knowing anyone in the industry, was really hard. I did a lot of cold calls, emails, going to random art events to meet people. Leaving everything behind to start in a foreign place wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I’ve also dealt with deeper things such as sexism, being a female photographer in the industry (one of the issues people wouldn’t rather talk about), which have made me stronger and more motivated to succeed.

Have you ever wanted to stop doing what you do and just start over? 
No. The thing about starting over is that it’s never easy with any industry you’re in or want to be in. It would require the same steps, effort, work, time, etc. to get to where you want to be. So the process would still be the same if you wanna switch work/industry anyway. So if you feel like you’re struggling and you just want to quit, don’t. Because everyone is experiencing the same thing whether they’re in the same industry or not.

What advice do you wish to give to those thinking about pursuing a path similar to yours? 
Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! Test as much as you can.  Don’t compare yourself to others. Your perception of things are different from others, therefore your work, style, etc., is uniquely yours. And research. Research photographers, styles, look at magazines, art websites, books, etc. Inspiration is everywhere! 🙂

Is there something you are particularly excited about or working towards?
Right now I am still building and expanding my network here in the US. I’m also working on my book and I’m pretty excited about that too! 🙂

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Image Credit:
1st Photo(girl w/ sky BG)- Model: Leticia Almeida, Styling: Victor Loong, HMU: Lio Javier
2nd Photo(girl sitting in bnw)- Model: Kelsey Norris
3rd Photo: Model: Bryce Howard
4th Photo- Model: Katie Flanigan
5th Photo(with the bag)-Model: Caroline Kaczor, Stylist: Whitney Taylor-Wood, HMU: Julia Flaherty, Bag: Lumillamingus
6th Photo- Model: Bianca Palmerin, Stylist: Whitney Taylor-Wood, HMU: Grace Fong

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