We had the good fortune of connecting with Luis Quintana and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luis, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I decided to pursue my career in photography/creative direction because It’s what I found myself having the most fun doing. In my life I’ve had a number of different jobs in various settings and none of them were fulfilling enough to satisfy my creativity. I couldn’t see any other option that gave me so much freedom and so many options to create like photography does.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My brand started off as a photography service in which people were attracted to because of my use of colors. At first my editing was very exaggerated and lively as I pursued a different look from the average photographer. I first began photography as a personal passion in which I could reach places that I wouldn’t normally have access to. Then as I realized that I could make a living off of it and my drive shifted towards establishing myself in the field. I began as a 18 year old shooting portraits of my friends and anyone who’d let me to a creative director for artists and models. Now at the age of 24 I’m shooting album covers, artists rollouts, red carpet events, and just about anything that comes my way. My most proud accomplishment has to be getting the opportunity to photograph Naomi Campbell, that was the experience that made me realize how far I’d come from taking amateur photos for fun. I was able to get to that point due to the hours spent researching how a camera works and how to properly use it. I feel like anyone can take a cool photo, but very FEW can actually explain why the result turned out the way it did. Nothing worth doing comes easy, and in a world where media rules everything knowledge is worth a ton. After dedicating time to learning the foundation of photography I began to study lighting. The learning hasn’t stopped and every once in a while I still end up getting stuck. The challenge isn’t to create images but rather create images that mean something to you and your clients. Sometimes I feel like I’m running out of Ideas and that worries me, but after a short break to relax my mental I realize the possibilities are endless. My biggest lesson I’ve learned in my career has been to always prioritize treating everyone with respect and acknowledge everyone’s importance in the team. Every single person that contributes to a successful shoot has an important role, without them things never go as planned. I learned how far respect and the willingness to do whatever needs to get done for the shoot will get you far. Ultimately I’d like for people to know that my brand STIMVLATE is in it’s early stages and I have so much to contribute to the field, so I won’t stop creating and shooting what my heart desires. My drive is at 100 and my willingness to do whatever it takes can’t fail me.
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.
Los Angeles is my home and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. For anyone visiting the city I’d highly recommend to visit our beautiful beaches. El matador is one of my favorites, It’s got an incredible view and has enough space for you to truly enjoy without being overcrowded. I’d recommend Stevie’s creole cafe, kitchen 24, El Rustico, The Castaway, and Mastro’s for some great food. There’s plenty of great Bars in downtown LA and Santa Monica for a night out of drinks. Then when you’re ready for some peace and quiet a few hours drive and hitting Joshua tree is the move 100%.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shout out would have to be to all my clients, friends, and family. You can’t have a successful business without them in my opinion. All my clients have returned and hired me for their personal work and their new business ventures as they move on in the world. My friends and family constantly throw my name in places where I couldn’t reach alone and I can’t express my gratitude enough.