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Meet Shion Uza

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shion Uza.

Shion, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Photography has always been a big part of my life. Ever since I was a little child, my father always held a disposal camera in one hand which soon switched to Canon’s point and shoot camera. He was a big influence in capturing the candid moments of life as well as those that need to be remembered. When I was 12, I saved up my money to purchase my first DSLR camera — it was a Sony Alpha. I immediately fell in love with it and took it everywhere I went, even when I was just hanging out with my friends as a teen. In college, I used my camera to capture memories and was merely a hobby that I enjoyed doing. It was not until after I graduated college and had entered the workforce that I strongly desired to pursue photography. I started shooting my friends as practice which later led to shooting engagements and weddings. Though I enjoy shooting these, my true passion lies with music photography.

Music has always been a huge part of my life and has gotten me through countless trials. In music photography, I was able to enjoy the two things I loved simultaneously. The exhilaration and the adrenaline that rushes through my veins when I stand in the barricade between the stage and the crowd is like no other feeling in the world. But most importantly, the people that I have met through the realm of photography has been one of the greatest treasures of my life. People have encouraged me, believed in me, and have challenged me in many ways. Regardless of whether I make photography as career or not, I am thankful for the opportunity and feel very blessed to have met the people through it. I hope that I can continue to grow in my skills and meet countless other people that share the same passion and love for both photography and music.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Oftentimes, when I attend shows as a photographer, people think I’m younger than my age and therefore will not take me seriously. Thankfully, no one has said anything vulgar but the tone of their voice has been condescending. We should all respect one another regardless of age or gender, but people can often judge a book by its cover and I’m guilty of it as well. Experiences like this make me strive to be a better person who will love people unconditionally.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I mainly work with shooting families and couples for photoshoots (weddings, holidays, etc.) and with bands for their marketing contents and album covers. My style of photoshoot is very laidback and I want people to feel comfortable as if they are just hanging out. I hope that my personality will shine through our sessions as we enjoy each other’s company.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I could start over, I would tell myself to be more confident. I remember being fearful of what others thought of my work and shying away from showing others the photographs I took. In the beginning, this fear delayed my start. After talking to multiple people about this fear, I was finally able to realize that there are people who are supportive and I must be open to positive criticism. “There may be people who want to tear you down, but let them be. You will find those who will support you. There’s no need to be afraid..” This is what I would tell myself if I could go back.

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