Zeuxi De La Cruz
I am fluent in English and Spanish, the latter being my native tongue. I reside in New York and currently work, on a full -time basis, at a non-profit in the Bronx. I hope to take my creative side and make photography a full-time.
Zeuxi, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion in my life is my family, my kids. I first learned how to capture my kids and family. Capturing the candid moments, the portraiture of many of them. Starting with an iPhone 4, getting close and personal with many or just sitting back and learning how to compose. Many mistakes and accomplishments later, I decided it was time to jump and purchase a DSLR, and so it began.
Who is your inspiration in life Zeuxi? How do you keep inspired?
There is not one entity or person that inspires me. I am inspired by many and just by life itself. I have been through rough patches, but I know there are others that are not as privileged as myself, even at my lowest, there are others that are far worse and in dire situations. So I see it that I must motivate myself and those around me, to remember to continue no matter what. Pushing through.
We all make mistakes Zeuxi; 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 time I ended a professional relationship due to communication issues. If a different mode of communication was used, things could not have culminated the way it did. I was abrasive and perhaps so was my counterpart. We still support each other work but changed our dynamic and how we interact now.
Zeuxi, 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 keep my style; I am hired because of what they saw in my work. I deliver with my creativeness and do my best not to compromise my vision or ability. It took me a while to be steadfast about making insane changes. I was hired for what my client saw, and I can't appease them to make changes that are opposite of what I already produce.
Please tell us Zeuxi, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
First wedding shoot. Organizing my thoughts, pre-planning, understanding the capabilities of my equipment, and delivery quality to my clients.
Zeuxi, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Don't have a time like this. I am usually given free reign in production.
Zeuxi, 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?
There is many. Perhaps is delivery my first prints to a client, and seeing the pure emotion in their eyes, and the impact it made on them. That moment I will never forget. Pushes me to continue with my craft.
Zeuxi, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Getting a baby to cooperate during a family session. The first time is the tricky thing for the baby, so I bought a toy for my first shoot, to have it as an option, and my goodness it worked. The baby smiled, cooed, and just was pure joy. Gave the toy to the parents and until this day he uses the little thing.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Keep learning, keep shooting, there is so much to learn from your camera, your eye, your environment. Everyone is unique and will photograph differently, so capture their moment, not just the individual in front of that lens.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Any that comes my way. But if there is one particular brand, it would be GQ. or Kinfolk.
Zeuxi De La Cruz @zeadel