Today we’d like to introduce you to Aimee Matias.
Aimee, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles. I am the child of two immigrants who came into this county to provide their children a chance at the American dream. Growing up, I saw how my parents worked countless hours, and I witnessed firsthand the sweat, tears, fear, and humiliation that they often embraced for not being American-born. I became the second college graduate in my family and because my parents turned a blind eye at racism, showed love to those who were unlovable, crossed borders and overcome walls, I am who I am today. After college, I was convinced I was going to be a nurse. I wanted so badly to make my parents proud but God had different plans for me than I ever had for myself. I embarked this journey of discovering who I was and in the midst found myself uncovering a hidden talent and passion. I picked up my very first camera at the age of seven and never thought I’d one day make it a career.
My husband who’s also become the inspiring force behind my photography career has supported me and motivated me throughout every single step of my career. Along with my parents, he has mentored me, counseled me, pushed me, and uplifted me when I’ve lost hope and sometimes drive.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting a business has definitely not been an easy one. In this field, I’ve unfortunately encountered a lot of criticism and I’ve hit roadblocks. I struggled immensely with wanting to be authentic, to build my portfolio, and to find my comfort zone. I let social media influence me into thinking that I wasn’t enough and fell victim to the lies that maybe I wasn’t an artist and that I wasn’t cut out to do the work. As a Christian, I was reminded that as a child of God, I am enough and I do have a purpose. As a natural learner, I wanted to “learn” everything about photography but did not find anyone willing to help. I lost hope and even drive. However, I persisted and came across some wonderfully talented, and loving individuals. I was reminded that in a world filled with immense darkness and wickedness there was still those who brought light and love. For women who are just starting, I recommend to push forward, there are a lot of people out there that are waiting for you to fail but there are some who are rooting for you! Remember that you are never alone and that you are enough. As an individual, you are unique and bring something to the table that no one else can. Don’t let the lies suck you in, and once you’ve made it, don’t let pride get the best of you. Be humble and be the light that can bring other young, strong, creative, and unique women thrive.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Aimee Matias Photography – what should we know?
I am currently a Southern California light and airy wedding and portrait photographer. I love capturing those sweet intimate and timeless moments between a bride and groom, families, and couples. What sets me apart from other photographers is that I cater to my clients. I grew up in a home where professional pictures were a luxury and sometimes out of our financial means. I keep that in mind when brides, couples, or families with financial limitations want to book me. In a way, I see it as contributing back to the community that molded and shaped me.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
I think that women are well positioned for anything and everything! We are strong enough, smart enough, and more than capable enough to conquer every and any field that we choose to thrive in. I think that each and every woman brings something new to the table and can definitely help each other, encourage each other, and support one another.
- Website: www.aimeematias.com
- Phone: 562-652-4109
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: aimeejoanmatias
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aimeematiasphotography/
Portrait: Ariele Chapman Photography, Aimee Matias Photography