We had the good fortune of connecting with Aimee Matias and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aimee, what do you attribute your success to?
\For me, the most important factor behind my success is the support and motivation I receive from my husband. He’s the reason I kickstarted my business and although I wish I were as driven and committed as he is, I’m not. He’s the driving force behind my entire business. I often struggle with doubt and not feeling good enough yet, he constantly motivates me and encourages me to pursue learning. “You can never stop learning, you need to adapt as our culture and your business changes”. He also reminds me daily that without God, I wouldn’t be where I am today! So, I’d like to say that the other driving force behind my business is just that, God. The other biggest factor to my success has been that I’m teachable. I listen and I’m constantly wanting to learn and grow. I connect with different photographers, those who are just learning and those who have surpassed my knowledge. I’m constantly asking them for tricks and tips. In order to succeed you have to be coachable and stay true to yourself but also humble. Don’t be afraid to ask those photographers who have “made it.” Some will brush you off but some will help you out and encourage you. Treat your clients with respect and kindness and you will see how that will further your business.
What should our readers know about your business?
To be honest, it was surprisingly easy to get to where I am today. Yes, I faced challenges and setbacks but I never let that discourage me. I kept persevering forward. I learned from the example of my husband, that you can’t ever stop learning. So I’ve reinvested back into my business. I’ve taken courses, invested in mentor ships, and I’ve been blessed enough to see the fruit of my labor pay off. I never in a million years thought that I’d be a businesswoman. I was set on wanting to be a nurse. I always knew I wanted to help people and change lives. I never thought I’d do it through photography. I’ve been able to create photographs of those “once in a lifetime moments” for my clients. I’ve seen the joy it brings them and how they cherish those moments. I’d love for the world to know that helping and loving on others doesn’t have to be as big as saving a life in an emergency room, or starting a non profit for those in need, it can simply be given through small gestures of love, kindness, and humbleness. Start there, the rest will take care of itself. Never forget where you started, and be willing to make the time to recognize that in yourself, and others. Stay true and humble to yourself!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in the heart of Southern California, I’d definitely start with my favorite restaurants in my area. Higo Sushi in La Habra, is my favorite sushi place. Enchanted Coffee Bar in La Habra is my absolute favorite coffee shop, and the beach is definitely a must! Laguna beach will forever have my heart, not just because of the diversity it has but also because it holds a dear place in my heart! Laguna Beach is where my husband and I, honeymooned. I grew up in LA, so I’d definitely recommend the arts district of LA, the Hollywood Sign hiking trail, the Malibu pier, Rodeo Drive, and my personal favorite, riding scooters through Downtown Los Angeles. If baseball season is on, a Dodger game is an absolute must, I bleed blue! Lastly, taking an Amtrak from LA to San Diego is always so much fun! I’d definitely recommend anything outdoors and in tune with nature!
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 dedicate this shoutout to my husband, Miles Matias. Who not only encouraged me to pursue this career but has been my constant rock through the start of my business until now.