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I am just starting with photography, but I know my passion and perseverance will take me far. Photography for me is more than just my job or hobby; it's also my therapy. With every photo I take, you will see a piece of me, somewhere inside the emotion/feeling I put inside my photo. Photography for me is keeping my diary, reflecting every emotion I have felt someday, and displaying it into my art.
Gabriela, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Photographer?
I began as a little kid, with my digital camera (although it was not even a DSLR). Afterwards, I began to acquire more and more knowledge. I bought my first semi-professional camera when I was 16 years old, and since then, I've received innumerable classes and workshops about photography (without including university classes).
Who is your inspiration in life Gabriela? How do you stay inspired as a Photographer?
My inspiration in life is a photographer from my country, who's photos are just amazing. I follow her on social media, although I have not had the chance to meet her yet. What I like about her is her perseverance and how she gradually has become a highly-important portrait photographer for my country. Her name is Ana Maria Chediak. Also, I try to maintain inspired by visiting Art Galleries, reading old (and new) books, listen to music and travelling.
We all make mistakes Gabriela; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I studied at University of British Columbia at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, before living where I live now (Quito, Ecuador). I wish I could return to Vancouver, Canada, at least once again, to cherish the incredible landscapes once more.
Gabriela, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I prefer my job to be friendly and personalised. I treat my clients with respect, and I also like to understand precisely what they want from me. I take my time to know them and see their interests, in order to give them what they need and desire.
Please tell us, Gabriela, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I try to balance my life, although sometimes work comes a little bit more often. This is not because I prefer working than having some time with my family or friends. It is due to the fact photography is my therapy, and it helps me relieve things that not even my family or friends can.
Gabriela, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
When I worked at Revista Cosas Ecuador (biggest magazine in my country), I was in charge of one of the editorials for its online magazine. Although yes, the pictures were taken by me, the retouch and editing of all the photographs needed to be approved by the Editor. I worked my way to successfully persuade the Editor in Chief to edit and retouch the photos my way when she wanted to do it in a completely another way.
Gabriela, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
It is in charge of two editorials for the biggest magazine in my country, Revista Cosas Ecuador.
Gabriela, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
The last project I made had as a theme "Simply Beauty", referring to natural beauty, with no retouch or heavy makeup. This was exciting because I got to choose models with different types of hair, different skin color, freckles and no freckles, eyes of different color, etc.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Try to define your style and specialisation first. I began as a landscape photographer only to figure out my real passion is portrait photography.
Photographer: Gabriela Paredes @vitaplena.jpg