We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Rius and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alicia, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
The most important thing is to think about the kind of person I want my child to be, and then, work on myself to set myself as an example. I have a 4 year old girl that’s a gift of this Universe. Her heart is big, generous, and kind beyond what’s expected from someone of her age. She’s able to appreciate the little things in life and communicate them to you . Like the other day, she said to me out of the blue: “Mom, thank you so much for reading me books. And I’m grateful that Dad plays cards with me”. These are things we do every single day, like a habit, and yet, she was able to appreciate the value of them. She didn’t thank me for that bike, or for that cake. She thanked me for the little routines that make her truly happy. It really warmed my heart and I felt really proud. Our kids are our future and our chance to make this world a better place for human kind. I have a set of values that I think are key to teach your kids about at a very early age: kindness, compassion, awareness, caring, generosity, respect etc… So whenever I have a chance to put those in practie I do. Kids learn from seeing but they also understand more things than you think. It’s never too early to show them what truly matters in life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an animal portrait and lifestyle photographer. Whether on location or in-studio, I create artistic portraits with well-crafted light and composition that draw the viewer in to reveal the subjects’ true spirit and personality. My goal is to create a compelling body of work that reveals the many stories of hope, happiness, and love given and received by those animals who share our lives. One of the moments I felt really proud of myself was when I completed a personal project called “A Dog’s Life” (you can see my series here: https://www.aliciariusphotography.com/a-dogs-life/ It was a very challenging project because it required a big investment of my own money to produce as well as a lot of pre-production work. I’m mainly a lifestyle photographer that works with natural light and this project required everything I wasn’t familiar with. But I couldn’t let go and I decided to get out of my comfort zone and to make it happen. For the past 3 years, the series “A DOG’S LIFE” has been published in magazines and blogs worldwide. Last year, “A DOG’S LIFE” received an IPA Award, one of the most prestigious international photography awards. I felt really accomplished and proud. I started photographing dogs for free in the streets of San Francisco to start building my portfolio and 3 years later I was doing commercials for international brands. My background is in advertising and I was a project manager. I knew what I had to do to get where I wanted. But that took time, lots of stress, uncertainty, knocking a thousand doors, invest lots of money in marketing, and some tears along the way. But I knew that what I was creating was different. I had found my own vision and style. One that I felt represented me as an artist and I believed in it. That for me was the easiest part: to believe in me. I had no doubt that what I was creating was worth sharing. But the challenging part was to make my work visible. You can be a great artist that if you don’t have connections, money, and time, it’s hard people get to know what you do and hire you. It takes time, but it comes. I first would offer my services for free or as part of a collaboration with clients to get to know how I worked. Then I’d find bigger clients and charge them more. During that process you meet people, you start building your network and valuing your time and work. You learn from it and you get confident. It’s a slow process but if you do what you are passionate about it’s just pure joy. At least, most of the time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them to Abbot Kinney for some nice brunch. I’d drive them to Topanga for a hike. We’d definitely visit Sequoia Park and Yosemite. I’d make sure they see the sunset over the ocean (in Spain we get the sunsets over the mountains).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes, to Arnau Bosch. My husband and my biggest supporter of my adventures. And then, my parents, for always encouraging me to pursue whatever makes me happy and have supported me in all my career changes and reinventions.