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Meet South Los Angeles Photographer and Realtor: Reanna Rae Martinez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reanna Rae Martinez.

Reanna Rae, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It’s hard to say how I got where I am today. My story is not linear, there are a lot of nonsequiturs. I’ve tried a lot of things and something new is always inspiring me. But I’ve also realized you can’t do everything, at least not exceptionally well. And in evaluating the things that I enjoy the most and that I would like to strive to be exceptional at, I found my calling in photography. (and real estate) 🙂

It’s taken some time to narrow down the type of photographer I want to be, the types of subjects I want to photograph, and in many aspects, that is still a work in progress. But that’s also part of what is inspiring about photography – it offers endless possibilities, and there’s no real reason to choose. I love to travel and photograph the beautiful places I see as pictures can transport you back to a place and time. I’ve been exploring some conceptual ideas; a personal project that has not yet been released. And recently I have incorporated a lot of architectural photography into my portfolio, an influence from my dual personality as a realtor.

Has it been a smooth road?
There have been a lot of twists and turns along my career path. I really struggled with not knowing exactly what I wanted to do. It’s almost impossible to make progress when you don’t know where you’re going. I have both a creative and analytical mind, and I’ve been pulled to extreme ends of both sides of the spectrum. Even now that I feel I have found a good balance, the reality of being a one-person business can be overwhelming at times.

What is the most difficult part of what you do?
Finding clients. I’m not much of a salesperson. I love when clients find me, but when no business is coming in, I have to turn to marketing. Once I have projects to work on, life is good.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I am an over-achiever, and sometimes I have to remind myself that success is more about the life you make for yourself than the accolades you achieve along the way. My business is successful when I can comfortably pay the bills and still have time for family, friends, and my creative interests. To be able to do something that I truly enjoy as my profession is a great success!

What are your plans for the future?
I’m always finding a new challenge or a new take on my art, so evolving creatively is important to me. I have plenty of room to grow my business, it’s just in it’s infancy right now and gaining momentum. Besides working with clients, I have a few personal projects in the works. There are some milestones that I would like to hit, but I am also open to whatever comes my way. I find that life and work can sometimes lead you down an unexpected path, and I like to take opportunities as they come.

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