We had the good fortune of connecting with Ed Ponce and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ed, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
The biggest reason I believe I pursued an artistic career is the fact that I held so many emotions in growing up & art itself opened my eyes and let me express myself outward in different ways. I drew a lot as a child and used my moms old point and shoot film camera without her permission funny enough and later rediscovered photography as a teen. Since then, photography has allowed me to express myself in many ways, whether it was capturing musicians on stage pouring their hearts out to their fans across the country or capturing the rollercoaster of emotions on a client’s wedding day.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I picked up photography as a creative outlet originally because I’d grab my moms film camera without permission and I’d take random photographs of anything and everything, I didn’t know it then that I’d pursue it later on in life as a career. I did somewhat bad in school but I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating and capturing images and freezing moments to tell a story or convey an emotion I was feeling throughout the process of capturing the the stillness. I went to a lot of punk and rock shows throughout my teens and found out eventually I could photograph these artist on stage and off so I slowly immersed myself into the music photography world. I made friends and continued to photograph artists, eventually started traveling on the road with multiple bands across the country and shot every day for years on end, I had found my calling. Fast forward a couple years and life started to hit me differently in my personal life, I had to stop photographing music and being on the road to take care of my mother and I transitioned into more traditional portrait photography. I got my own studio and have been shooting portraits, weddings, and fashion. I now use my knowledge of dynamic lighting changes and documentation work in my music photography career to my work now. The road has been far from easy, balancing life and work has been a struggle. Whether it’s relationships or friendships. Running my own business has proven to be the toughest thing I’ve ever done but it’s allowed me to meet some of the most precious people in my life that otherwise I know I never would’ve gotten the opportunity to meet.
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?
I’m a very simple person so I’d honestly take them to all the family owned coffee shops around that I know. Go down to Newport Beach pier on late night and grab some food and coffee or any Orange County beach for that matter. In LA I’d take a hike just to be out in nature.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d say the people that I’d give a shout-out to is my close group of friends that have helped me out these last two years. It’s been a rough couple years emotionally and personally but they’ve kept me afloat mentally. Reading has done me a lot of justice as well, some books I’d recommend are; “Can’t hurt me” by David Goggins, “stillness is they key” by Ryan holiday, & “48 laws of power” by Robert Greene.
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