I think what makes me unique is that I can see things in everyday life and capture that moment in my mind and say to myself, that would be a great photo. It goes the same when I have my camera. I can take several shots, but I can tell which one would be pick before it goes into post-production.
Sergio, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I always had a passion for photography. When I was younger, I would use my dad's old film camera, and I would take several shots of what I thought was good. I was amazed and what I had captured at a young age. That inspired me. I couldn't afford to purchase camera equipment when I was young, but when I became an adult, I bought the necessary camera equipment and just ran with it.
Who is your inspiration in life Sergio? How do you keep inspired?
I can have my ups and downs in life, but for some reason, when I pick up the camera, I forget about everything and concentrate on what I need to photograph. It is a great escape for me, and it gets my creative juices flowing. If I don't have assignments to work on, I do personal projects that help me through the process. It's a little hard to explain, but it feels like I'm in another world.
We all make mistakes Sergio; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
One of my biggest mistakes that I have done in the past is to accept too many projects that I was not able to handle. I was not able to provide the best quality of work since I was rushed to complete all projects.
Sergio, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I have learned to spread out my projects over a period in order to provide excellent service. If a client is not able to wait for their time, then I must turn them down. I would rather provide them with my best rather than being rushed and providing an awful job.
Please tell us, Sergio, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Sometimes it gets a little difficult to set your priorities when it comes to my clients, but I have learned that clients that do Portraits are more willing to wait for their product. The best way to go about this is to ask the client if they are willing to wait. Most of the time they are.
Sergio, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I don't believe I've had an incident where I would need to persuade someone. If I had to persuade someone, I believe the best approach would be to stay persistent in asking for what I want and demonstrate value.
Sergio, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Interesting that I haven't been asked that question before. I am proud of all the work that I do, but I believe that I've yet to produce that moment of my proudest accomplishment. When I make it happen, meaning that when I become a full-time photographer and becoming successful in where I am able to do living with my professional that's when my I will have my proudest moment. I strive to reach that goal.
Sergio, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I love creative photography. I recently took a road trip and visited ten different states in the United States, and I was able to get a lot of good landscape photos. I took these photos with the intentions that I can use them in my compositions. I was able to combine these photos with a sports photography that I was doing, and the results were outstanding. It can become a little difficult as you need to have the right settings. The angles, frame size, and lighting have of the landscape have to match to those of your subject. Going through hundreds of photos to get that right fit can be challenging.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
My advice would be to keep persistent and to keep shooting. You become more creative and experience as you keep doing it. Reach your goal to where you can say to yourself 'I'm making it happen!'
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking to collaborate with fashion, brands and creatives.
Photographer: Sergio Padilla @sergiopadillaphotoModel: Tricia Wang @triciaisabirdyMakeup: Susie Lauri @susielaurihair