We’re honored to bring you this interview with Visual Flow Ambassador, Tanya Parada out of southern California.
How long have you been a photographer?
What got you started?I’ve been a full-time wedding photographer for 5 + years. I got started in photographer long before that, dappling in portraiture and family photography. I moved to LA and began second-shooting for various photographers in the area and around the country and began to develop my photography style and interest in wedding photography for the dynamic range of emotions and moments on a wedding day and being able to celebrate one of the biggest events in a couple’s life.
How did you establish and define your shooting and editing style?
My shooting style continues to evolve, but I feel like it’s a well-rounded balance between bold & creative, and documentary and editorial. I get excited anytime I can incorporate a couple’s interests into their photography. Most of the time for the couples I attract, that means adventuring in the outdoors- beach, mountains, desert, city. So my editing usually reflects a lot of color and dramatic lighting.
How do you differentiate yourself from the photographer down the street?
No two photographers are exactly alike. What I feel differentiates me is that I’m always trying to find a new way of looking at things, even if I’ve shot at a location before, I want to be able to push myself outside of the boundaries. But also, trying to make sure that my priority is listening to what the couple really wants in their photography experience and adapting my photography to showcase what’s important to them.
What is the best part about being a photographer?
The best part of being a photographer is exploring and creating. I love learning new ways of doing things so that I can diversify my photography and help my couples feel and look their best.
What is the most challenging part of being a photographer?
The most challenging part for me is often an inner battle of imposter syndrome and feeling satisfied that I’ve exceeded my couples’ expectations for their experience.
Who are some of your favorite photographers?
Victor Lax, Jason Vinson, Jorge Romero, Erika Mann to name a very few…
What are your sources of photography inspiration?
Travel, outdoors, music, films, shows, museums, other photographers, and shamelessly- social media.
What do you think your keys to success are in this industry?
Keeping a mindset that learning is never over, whether that is about photography, my client experience, or adapting my business.
What advice would you give someone wanting to learn how to edit in Lightroom?
YouTube videos or sit and edit with another photographer- learn from others.
How has the Visual Flow Preset system changed your workflow?
It’s helped create a solid baseline for my work as well as given me specific tools that I haven’t found in any other preset pack.
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