Today we’d like to introduce you to Yanel Mayorga.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I started shooting seriously when I was 18. I got caught up with life, school and bad relationships and couldn’t focus much energy towards it. In 2017, I was fresh out of an abusive relationship and trying to come back to myself. One of the very first things I did, was start freelancing again.
I wanted to start working with musicians so I reached out to a few and took a few shots. In January, I started collaborating with UnplugdLA, a curated show in Hollywood where a lot of musicians perform that really got me back into the rhythm. There is something about being in a room full of creatives who work hard to perfect their craft and support each other that really gets you motivated. I started working with others too; artists who needed headshots and cover shots for their projects, producers who wanted to document their studio sessions, influencers and families.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a photographer. I love being inspired by people who are inspired and passionate. I think it’s beautiful. Whether it’s a musician who loves to jam out, a business owner who is promoting their creation, or a mom and her three children; there is something so beautiful about capturing their love for what they do or who they are with in that moment, that really speaks to me. I always walk away from the shoot with this high that’s euphoric and I am constantly chasing it. I love creating a relationship with my subject and I hope that that is what people think about when they work with me. I want them to be inspired and remember the friendship we have built when they think back to it.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
This is something I am still figuring out myself. When I first started shooting, I didn’t know how much to charge or if to charge at all. On top of that, equipment and gear can get pricey. I just suggest looking into buying second hand if you are first starting out. People buy cameras and don’t know how to use them or they upgrade. Another thing is you don’t need fancy equipment to produce a good image. I have used aluminum pans (the kind you roast the turkey in on thanksgiving) and white card pasteboards from the dollar store as reflectors before. I have used a glass from a frame to create a “through the window” look. When you’re resourceful, that’s when it’s the most fun and in my experience, the most unique.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am on all social media platforms as SheWolf Visuals. My Instagram and twitter handle are @shewolf_visuals. My website is shewolfvisuals.com
- Website: shewolfvisuals.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shewolf_nelli/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SHEWOLFVISUALS/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/shewolf_visuals
All images taken by me.
The photo of me, is taken by https://www.instagram.com/mralexandermay/?hl=en