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Meet Jessica Magaña of RedHeartMedia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Magaña.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jessica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Photography was always a hobby of mines as a young teen. I admired the technicalities of the camera and how it could intertwine with creativity. This admiration started from awareness of my vision loss.

Born with choroidal coloboma in one of my eyes, my vision is impaired permanently; I am not able to see correctly with my right eye, seeing only blurry outlines from certain angles with no opportunity to correct with glasses or surgery. Due to this, I depend on my left eye.

I was fascinated by the way I didn’t need to use both of my eyes to take a picture, especially through a viewfinder. I began to compare my eye to the lens. My eye was the lens and the lens was my eye. I began taking photographs of my backyard’s nature with disposable cameras and flip phone cameras until my older brother bought me a camera around 2009. That was my baby. Using my brothers as models as well as anything I could find outside, I experimented with it much more until it was no longer of use.

In high school, I took an analog black and white class and began to love photography more. There is a beauty in the way that film only allows you to capture a certain amount of photographs. There is a beauty in the way you get to develop your photographs in the dark room as you carefully mix the chemicals and wait for the photograph to appear.

Renting through my university’s photography lab throughout most of college, Nothing was going to stop me from doing what I love. I am truly thankful of having the photography lab as a resource. I continuously found ways to practice. My goal was to eventually start my own photography business someday. Away from my photography classes, I began photographing events and for the campus newspaper. In my free time, I would photograph my surroundings, friends, shows, or anything that inspired me. I dedicated time volunteering at an art non-profit, helping kids learn more about photography, as I believe that art is essential for kids to delve into as well.

I fell in love with how endless the possibilities are in the creation/capturing/expressing whether that be of stories and/or feelings with photographs. Today, I am still in love with this process. I have nothing but appreciation and love for the people who have inspired, motivated, and supported me throughout my journey.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road, but there is beauty in the struggle. Telling my parents I was interested in pursuing photography was difficult for them to understand at first because their perception of what a photographer is was limited. They understood less about the idea of expression, focusing only on if I was going to get a good job. I understood where they were coming from as immigrants from Mexico who only wanted to see their children succeed and have opportunities they never had. Now that they see I am doing well, their understanding has grown and they are simply happy I am doing what I enjoy.

As an artist, I struggled with the idea of having a certain style. I never really thought I could conform to one style of photography or one style of editing. And because of it, I thought I wasn’t going to succeed. Self-doubt is tough to overcome, but in the end, the love you have for your passion pushes you forward. I’ve learned that keeping true to yourself creatively is what matters the most. Some people aren’t going to be appealed by your work and others are, and that’s okay.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with RedHeartMedia – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
RedHeartMedia was established in 2016 with the intention of having media as the umbrella to not limit my business to solely photography but have the capacity to expand.

As a freelance photographer, I specialize in portraiture and concert photography, but love to explore within the medium as much as I can. I photograph events, special occasions, and much more as well.

Although I started in photography, I am slowly beginning to explore other mediums such as video, design, and collage. Ultimately, I love expressing through art. Having the opportunity to continue photography while connecting with other creatives is truly rewarding.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
The future is exciting for RedHeartMedia. I am looking forward to growth and more opportunities. I have a lot of work I am going to be sharing soon… One day, I hope to have my own studio, be full time, and become more involved with non-profit work or social entrepreneurship within the arts, but for now, one step at a time… ❤️

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