We had the good fortune of connecting with Emilene Orozco and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emilene, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Before starting my business, I used to think success meant having ton of photography work and becoming rich because of it. But, success comes in many different forms. Sometimes, it’s celebrating that I booked an important gig. But when business is slow, it’s still about appreciating the journey and feeling fortunate that I get to do what I love for a living. When none of my efforts seem to be working, I can count on my loved ones for the support and encouragement to lift my spirits up. I would not be where I am without them. Success is about trial and error. What may work for others, may not work for my business. It’s about countless rounds of trying before finding what works and never giving up. Bob Ross said it best, “We don’t make mistakes, we just make happy accidents.”

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m constantly trying to learn from people I look up to in the photography industry. I feel blessed to live in a time where everything is at our fingertips. A quick Google search can help me better my business in tremendous ways. Sometimes, I get very discouraged. I see other photographers landing gig after gig and I start comparing myself and feeling like I will never get to their position. But, I learned the hard way that if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Slow growth is the first part of success. I want the world to know that when you work with me, you are working with someone who has done their research to simply give you an incredible experience. When you hire me for any kind of session or wedding, you’re not just getting a photographer, you’re also getting a friend you can count on.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to begin with my mother, Sandra, for not only introducing me to photography but, for always believing in me.  My best friend, Isamar, for giving me unconditional love and support, an assistant on photo sessions, and for being encouraging when things would not work out. My college professor, Mike Tsai, for being a constant source of inspiration and my go to mentor.

Website: www.emilenephotography.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilenephotography/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilenephotography

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