Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Ramirez.
Melissa, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started when I was 13. I saved all my babysitting money and got a Canon rebel from Sam’s club! I was so excited. I remember feeling so cool, the kit came with two lenses and a case! A few years later, I upgraded to a Nikon D5600 I think. And then again to a Nikon D90. I now have a Nikon 750. I’m pretty sure there was one in between but I can’t remember. I started taking pictures of anything or anyone and everyone. I did a ton of pictures of my best friend because she loved to be in front of the camera! And still does! I did get paid to do a few family pictures here and there but not very much! I was just happy to learn and grow! Over the years I’ve taken a few classes, watched a lot of YouTube videos, and shadowed some of my favorite photographers as they worked! Moving from Georgia to Utah was really hard because I had clients and friends in Georgia and not so much in Utah! I’m still working hard to grow my business
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I don’t think it’s been a smooth road! I left for a year and a half and left my photography behind to serve a mission for my church! When I got back I picked up sort of where I left off but with not as many clients! Then I decided to move from Georgia to Salt Lake and then of course changed my business! Utah is so different! And the business is very saturated so it makes it hard for small photographers!
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I love working with families and children! I love doing newborn pictures! I do not do a ton of studio work! I think that makes me different, just because a lot of photographers that shoot newborns and families love studios! I would love to be outside, Or come to your home! Recently I’ve had a chance to work with a few influencers and that has been so much fun! They get wonderful pictures and I get new clients and exposure
Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I think I’m lucky that I get to be a stay at home mom and do photography as well! I did work for a very long time at a craft store and that made it really hard to schedule appointments around my work schedule! I also think I’m very fortunate to work with great people that have given me more exposure
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