Today we’d like to introduce you to Thalia Nino.
Thalia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
For my 10th birthday, I was gifted a Polaroid camera. That’s how it all got started, I still have that camera too! Naturally, I took pictures of everything and everyone. Years later, I got myself a little Fujifilm point and shoot camera to keep on shooting more. People began to notice that I loved taking pictures so they began hiring me for birthdays, baby showers, things like that.
Ironically, I never took a photography class in high school. I was more of a fine arts kid at the time, taking all the art classes. I went to college for social work for about three weeks and decided it wasn’t for me. So I enrolled to be a Visual Arts Major thinking I was going to be a Creative Director of a media company one day. It was then while going to college that I got hired to shoot a few weddings from friends. I thought why not, it’s good side money. Little did I know that I would fall in love with photographing weddings!
For the next couple of years, I did weddings and engagements on the side. I never thought I could turn it into a full on career until 2019 actually. I decided then that I wanted to be an entrepreneur and do what I loved to do full time. So here I am, working hard to see that goal turn into a reality. It’s not full time yet, but someday very soon it will be!
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?
Entrepreneur life is no joke. It takes a lot of courage, willingness and most important of all a strong mindset. It hasn’t been a smooth road, but it hasn’t been bad either because every single thing is a lesson learned.
I struggled with a few things. Taking photos for fun is one thing, but making it into a business is a whole other thing. There is so much to learn, both skill-wise and business-wise. I am not a business person so I had to research a ton, and I still am! A lot of trial and error and a lot of mistakes were made. I would say the lack of knowledge was a set back for sure.
Another thing was struggling with insecurity and the comparison game. Oh boy, this one is a never ending struggle. Although I’ve come so far in this area, there are still some days that get me down. I used to be so insecure about my work, but to fix that I just practiced more! I really honed in on my skills, watched tutorials, read blogs, invested real money in valuable courses, and I still am. I also used to compare myself to other photographers a lot, which made my insecurities flare up so much more. But after I pulled myself up by my bootstraps, I began to feel confident in who I am no longer needing to look outside my lane.
One last big thing I had to overcome, and still do some days, was fear. I was afraid to do a lot of things, I was afraid to be myself and was afraid to put myself out there. There were some days, even months when I wanted to quit. And I did for a while because I thought I wasn’t good enough. Back in 2019, when I decided to pursue this full time, I had to knock that fear out of me because I knew having that mindset wasn’t going to get me far. I felt free from the prison my mind was in, and now I cant look back. I can’t go back to that place of fear because this is what I want to do so I’m going to achieve it.
What else should our readers know?
Not only am I a photographer who specializes in weddings and lifestyle, I’m also a designer over at Good Within Co. I design apparel, mugs and notebooks. You can find it here instagram.com/goodwithinco/
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I definitely see myself becoming a mentor and educator in the field of wedding photography in the future. I’m very open to pivoting in my business, I think it’s healthy and necessary. The reason why I started my business and am pursuing it to be full time is because I want to do what I want to do, simple. I’ll always have photography but I would love to run a business so successful that I can take a step back and give back to the community, travel, and say yes to other things that I love to do.
- My wedding packages start at $2,000
- My engagement sessions start at $400
- My portrait sessions start at $300
- Website: https://thaliacameraist.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thaliacameraist/
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/goodwithinco/