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Meet Vanessa Gonzalez of Vanessa Gonzalez Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Gonzalez.

Vanessa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My very first camera was a 35mm film camera. I was 8 or 9 years old photographing objects around me, taking some serious pictures of fish at the L.A. Zoo and occasionally using my dad as a model. My dad was an independent filmmaker, and I remember being on his sets at a young age.

It’s fascinating that my life has come full circle and it would take 20 years for me to hold a camera again. Fast forward to 2008, I was enrolled at AI’s visual design program and took a photography course. That was it for me; I bought a digital camera and never looked back!

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?
One of my pet peeves is when clients add filters and do their own photoshopping to images but most importantly one of the challenges I do encounter is staying true to my vision and artistry without being easily influenced by the latest photography trend and tricks.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m a Los Angeleno raised in Echo Park, and I specialize in fashion, lifestyle, and brand portraiture. My goal as a photographer and artist is to capture authentic real moments that showcase the subject’s essence and personality.

Recently, I worked with Brand Experience Magazine to photograph the cover stories for Califia Farms and Schique Skincare. I’ve also collaborated with L.A. based WOC brands/entrepreneurs like Rizos Curls, Cultura en Tu Ropa, Hija de Tu Madre, Mi Vida, and AMTU Hair Tools.

These collaborations have ignited a spark to create a personal project that highlights WOC entrepreneurs and to tell their stories. The project is in its infancy – currently working on the branding (logo, color scheme, etc.) with the goal of having it launched by 2019. So stay tuned, this story is just unfolding!

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t think luck has really played a part in my life or business. I work hard, and I never stop learning; as my work has evolved and grown so has my confidence as a photographer and artist.

Having confidence has given me the courage to push myself and take on new projects, make connections, and collaborate with entrepreneurs and creatives that inspire me daily.


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Image Credit:
Jacky Andrews | howl & rose photography

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