We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlos M. Silva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carlos M., how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Ever since my kids were born, “balance” is a word that has become a thing of the past. “Acceptance” is something that I’ve been leaning towards, these days. It helps with work life and family life. Consistency helps my wife and I manage a schedule, but if things get busy with work, we take it on without hesitation. My work schedule is all over the place and it’s always changing, but it makes my time with my family even more valuable.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what sets me apart from others in my field, is that I consider myself someone that tries to bring community together through my photos. I love to support black and brown owned small businesses with my work, specifically within the hospitality industry.
I spent 10 years in hospitality and now I photograph all things restaurants. I currently work with a non profit, Turning Tables NOLA, that continues to uplift the black and latinx community through food and beverage.
I’ve learned to treat everyone with empathy and to believe in each others work, no matter what level they’re at.
I want the world to know that Carlos M. Silva Photography will always go above and beyond photography. I provide a thoughtful service with a high level of professionalism and it’s my goal to compliment the brand I’m working with. I take a deep dive into the story that made that brand, and do my best to capture that same aesthetic and elevate it higher.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first thing I always do when I’m in LA is hit up a taco truck! Then of course, go hang with friends and family and if the weather is good, go to the beach. The California coast is a must see for people visiting.
After that, I’d check out some favorite places like Grand Central Market, In & Out, and perhaps take a walk to the grove and do a little shopping there.
But when you’re in New Orleans, I’d definitely go to the French quarter, grab some bignets and hit up the local bar after that to see some live Jazz. I’d spend some time eating all the great local food such as Crawfish, Poboys, shrimp and grits wherever you can find them. Also, go to Popeyes, it’s different out here.
I’d recommend eating and drinking at Commanders Palace and take a visit to museums such as the Sazerac house and if there’s time, go to a swamp tour and get to know some of the outside parts of NOLA. Lastly I’d end my trip visiting my favorite two of my favorite bars, Cure and Manolito.
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?
My number one support are my family. My wife Robin and my children. They push me continue to learn and grow in my business.
Someone else that deserves a shout out is my crew (Brooklyn Zoo Crew). We all grew up together in life and work and we support each others business and industries at the same time.
And last but not least, my fellow photographer friends that do not hesitate to give me advice on a drop of a dime. Phoebe Cheung, Nafisa Skeie, Andrew Alwert, Byron Smith, Joe Matos, Eugen Bekafigo (my New York partner in crime) and Bhavin Gopalji. All amazing photographers and creative business owners.
credit: Turning Tables NOLA, Exclave Spirits, Sylvain Restaurant, Sidecar Restaurant, Matt Crook, FowlMouth NOLA