Today we’d like to introduce you to Isabella Garcia.
Isabella, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began photographing at the age of 14 when I received a camera for Christmas. With lots of practice throughout the few years, I continued to work hard to learn and capture special moments for my clients to have everlasting memories. I practiced a lot at home taking photos of my pets and siblings.
After two years at community college, I received two associate degrees, one in journalism and the other in communications. I am now a senior at California State University Fullerton, pursuing a degree in Public Relations, but still working hard on my photography business. My weekends are usually packed with photoshoots and I spend my weekdays editing photos and doing homework.
I am also the VP of External Communications for the Public Relations Student Society of America at CSUF where I take photos and create social content.
I am currently a marketing intern at the House of Blues Anaheim. As an intern, I apply my skills of photography and being a content creator to their company.
I would not be where I am today with my photography business without the support of my friends and family that have booked me to take their photos. I have endless support from the people around me and I can not thank them enough for trusting me to capture these special moments in their lives.
Has it been a smooth road?
I have gone through many hard times of not having a lot of photography business. I have lost many clients who have found new photographers to work with, but I have also gained many new clients throughout the years. As a female photographer who had a dream as a young girl to tour with musicians, I never got the chance to and I believe a lot of that has to do with being a female and also not having close relationships with many bands. I think if I was closer to more artists then maybe I would have had the chance to go on tour and photograph. Now, being 21 and going to school and having my dream internship at House of Blues, I know it’s okay that I never got the chance to tour because there were other opportunities meant for me.
For any young women starting their journey, never give up. It may be hard at times because you might compare yourself to others in the industry, but don’t forget that everyone’s path is different. It’s okay yo make mistakes because you learn and grow from those mistakes. Continue to do what you love and produce the work that makes YOU happy.
We’d love to hear more about Simplybella Photography.
Currently, I specialize in family photography, senior photos, and weddings. I have photographed many events such as weddings, sold-out shows at the Anaheim House of Blues, and the Vans Warped Tour. I have also learned to work with Photoshop and Lightroom programs to generate stylized presets and enhance my photos.
Holiday season is the busiest time for me along with graduation season. Both of these times, I am usually doing photoshoots on the weekends from 10 a.m. until the sun goes down. This is also usually the time of the year that I am the happiest because I am doing what I love and meeting new people which continues to inspire me to keep making the art that I make.
Music photography has a special place in my heart since it is what started my interest in photography. Seeing photographs of my favorite artists inspired me to become a music photographer. The first sold-out show I photograph was Yellowcard and New Found Glory at Anaheim House of Blues in 2015. This was probably a groundbreaking moment in my life since I was 17 at the time and not working with a publication, but I was able to shoot the show by not giving up and emailing professionals to find out how to photograph the shows. Warped Tour is another accomplishment in my photography career that I am very proud of. Growing up, I spent my summers attending Vans Warped Tour and in 2016 and 2017, I was able to photograph the Pomona dates. This was huge because Warped Tour was a big part of my life so to finally photograph a show was a dream come true. Once I got comfortable photographing shows, I began spreading my wings and doing family photography.
I am really proud that as a student and intern I continue to make time for myself and my business. I am also proud that I am a published photographer in a couple of magazines.
So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well-positioned for?
My godmother has been the biggest inspiration in my life. She is a woman of power and strength. She continues to inspire me every day to pursue what I love and to get my name out there in the world. School has never been easy for me and my godmother has always pushed me to continue to work hard in school and not give up when it comes to school and my photography business.
My mom has also inspired me a lot. She was young when she had me and also went to CSUF and she was able to not only take care of her family but also worked hard to receive her 2 master’s degrees.
- Mini shoots are $150 for 30 minutes with 30-50 edited photos
- Full shoots are $300 for an hour with 60-80 edited photos
- Wedding prices vary depending on location and hours of service.
- Website: https://simplybellaphotography.weebly.com/portfolio.html
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplybella_photography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimplybellaaPhotography/?tn-str=k*F
The photo of myself was taken by a photographer named McKenna Elsner