Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Corona.
Sara, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Like most people, the things I’ve experienced as an adolescent is what has had the most impact on my work, even before I picked up a camera. My earliest introduction to the art world comes from times I spent with my cousin Joey who is an LA native and visual artist.
I remember getting picked up in his purple Chrysler PT Cruiser and being driven off to Los Angeles from my suburban neighborhood. If my art interludes weren’t with him, they would take place with my aunt Pat and her partner, Ana who is another amazing visual artist. Whoever I was with, It involved going to museums (a LOT of them), gallery shows, spending time with their friends who had been artists long before I was born, and really soaking up the culture of what Los Angeles was at the time — at least what it was to my family and I. When thinking of my childhood and biggest influence, those days stand out the most.
As a preteen, I got my first camera from my mother. It was a Nikon COOLPIX L830 that was specifically for a trip I was taking up to San Francisco with Joey that naturally was going to involve amazing art and foods of all kinds. I remember taking photos of everything and anything that stood out to me, and in a place like San Francisco, you can imagine how long my camera stayed in my hands. That’s when I started to fall in love with capturing life that surrounded me.
Throughout my years as a teenager, I spent my weekends and free time taking photos of my friends. Nothing special, It was a fun, free activity that allowed all of us to be creative while just hanging out. This is why you see a lot of the same faces in my work. Once my friends got more comfortable in front of the camera and school caused our free time to dwindle, our little photo shoots had to become a bit more elaborate to make them count.
For example, driving out to Vegas before our parents could find out and taking overnight trips to Salvation Mountain just in time to shoot in the morning sunlight. Now having entered my twenties, I continue to photograph my friends, old and new, but I’ve learned you don’t have to look too far for beautiful spots to create in, they’re closer to you than you think.
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?
I think the challenges emerged when I realized that photography is something I wanted to become more than a hobby. There’s many things that I’ve learned and a billion others that I don’t know yet. Picking out equipment is something that I’ve struggled with. There are so many options out there that it sometimes overwhelms me! After all of the searching and confusion, I decided to just stick with what I have until it breaks.
Rejection is another issue that I’ve dealt with. You can ask any artist, no matter the genre about rejection and they’ll tell you it’s a huge part of the process. I continue to submit my work regularly but recently promised myself that rejection wouldn’t be something I’ll allow myself to dwell on too much. But with all of that said, my biggest challenge has been internal.
I tend to beat myself up over not being able to reach certain expectations I set for myself in photographs that would realistically take a whole team and editors to achieve. I’m hoping in the future I have everything I need to reach that and maybe even surpass it while simultaneously supporting myself. But for now, I’m okay with being broke and having fun with it. I think I’m doing more than alright.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I would say that I definitely gravitate towards nature when it comes to my backdrops. The colors and textures that come with the scenery is what drives that habit. To me, it feels very timeless. I also tend to choose women when it comes to who I want to shoot. There’s something about feminine energy and features that is a huge source of inspiration for me.
I myself struggle with confidence issues and to be able to watch another woman’s confidence rise before my eyes by taking beautiful images of her is something that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I’m really proud of everyone I’ve captured for what they’ve helped me produce. I’m no model myself, but I know it’s tough. Somehow I’m lucky enough have women in my life who make it look easy.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up I have always been extremely creative. I thought I was going to be a famous painter, singer, and actor (yes, all at once). I went through phases of creativity and how I went about expressing myself.
As an adult, my only regret is the singing phase because my mother still loves to show everyone an embarrassing video of a solo I sang in 6th-grade choir.
Funny enough, the version of myself as a child never envisioned a photographer. I probably would have told you that’s boring.