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Meet Ram Dela Rosa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ram Dela Rosa.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I mainly got started with photography through looking at everyone’s Instagram posts. I noticed that photos people post were taken without care and without thought. They were just there to captivate an audience for a brief second. Nothing stuck out. I just wanted to stand out a bit more than the rest. I researched terms like “how to take better photos” or “how to take better pictures on an iPhone” (since I didn’t have a DSLR at first).

I learned basic composition techniques and somewhat improved my editing (all on a mobile device). I got my first legitimate camera (the Sony a6000) and learned the basic fundamentals of photography on it. My shoots mainly consisted of taking photos of my friends and mediocre landscapes. My first gig was a small wedding I did for a friend. It was an extremely small venue, but I was able to put my newly learned skills to the test (a very awkward gig but I got it done).

My photography started to “take off” when I did a bit of model work. My routine would consist of messaging Instagram models to collaborate and do a shoot. I’m extremely thankful to all the models I shot with that did not charge me. It was a collective shoot in which I benefited by expanding my portfolio and practicing while the model benefited from expanding their portfolio as well.

As I added to my portfolio, I started getting more and more people trying to book a shoot with me. The great thing about being your own boss is you get to say no. I only shot with people that fit my style or who I thought I’d benefit from the most. The best thing to come out of collaboration is the connections you make. I met other models that I could potentially shoot with in the future.

I also met other photographers that gave me tips and advice. It’s an ongoing cycle of collaboration and connection that I hope to continue for as long as possible. After all, it’s an addictive hobby that I love to indulge in.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’d say that it’s more smooth than challenging. I emphasize the fact that it’s not my main source of income. It’s not a job for me. As I said before, I could say no to whoever I want and shoot with whoever I want. Whether it’s paid or not, I still gain something out of it.

I get to meet new people and expand my skills in photography. This is really just a hobby to me. I’m a full-time student majoring in nursing, so my priorities are straight forward: finish school and get a steady job. Photography is just something I do for fun.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I don’t even think I’d call what I do business. Maybe a more correct label would be “hobby with some benefits”? I shoot, and that’s it. What I’m most proud of is the fact that something I really wasn’t too into (although I was interested) turned into an obsession.

At the start, I was just a casual photographer with mediocre photos. Now, I’ve turned into a passionate hobbyist looking to improve my craft every single day. I constantly look at my Instagram feed and the photos I upload. I critique each and every photo.

I always ask myself: “what can I improve on” or “what does this photo not need.” There’s always something that I can say about my photos. I think that’s what makes me better.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success as living a life where you’re able to do something and having fun with it every time you do it. It doesn’t have to be the most important thing you do in life such as a steady job that puts food on the table.

It’s a passion that brings forth enjoyment to you. Whether it’s something like photography, videography, cooking… as long as you do it and like it, I’d say you’re successful.

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