We had the good fortune of connecting with Melina Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melina, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I had no idea where to begin. I was terrified and I battled with myself whether to even start a business. Thankfully, with a lot of support, from family and my boyfriend, I took a leap of faith. I was working at Wells Fargo at the time, and it was an amazing job, but I always felt like I was meant for more. My intentions upon creating my business were mainly that I wanted to create an environment with my clients where they could envision themselves in my photos. I want all my clients to feel dreamy, and beautiful and overall, just be in awe of themselves. I love photographing love, and all types of love not just with couples but love between siblings, and parents, and grandparents, and love within yourself!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My business has been a long time coming, I am a perfectionist, I was always hard on myself when I first started, I felt like I had to have it all together within the first month of starting my business. I didn’t reach out for help, and I tried to do it all on my own. I was very overwhelmed and burnt out. It takes a village of support and trial and error to learn how to manage your business. Once I gave up that mindset and began trusting the journey, it has slowly but surely been better. I’m also proud of how far I have come and I’m proud of all my accomplishments. Whether they are big or small a win is a win for me, and a fall is a win too because it taught me something. I would not change this career path that I have chosen for myself. I’m proud of the representation I get to bring to this industry and my community. Being a photographer has given me many lenses and I choose happily to capture everyone’s love, and in every shape, color, form, and so on… I’m here for it all!
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 love culture and I love people watching! lol I think I would take my friend around Uptown Whittier to hang out and drink and stop by all the little businesses. Whittier holds so many gems! The entire strip on Greenleaf Blvd. is worth your time! I’d then take them to all my favorite photography locations, the one I have been in love with lately is Malibu Creek State Park, the drive down the coast highway has beautiful scenery, and the park itself is a large mountain with open grass field. Lastly, I can’t mention Echo Park for drinks + dancing, my favorite place to stop at is The Short Stop. I dance my heart out every single time there. YOU ALL WILL! I’d also go to Venice beach, check out all the artwork, the food, the people, the drum circle, and the beach
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I must give major credit to my boyfriend, I cried when I first began my business, and no one wanted to book with me, or bookings would fall through. He constantly talked me through this and uplifted me. Thank you Iran, I love you! I also owe it to myself. In the end, it was me who drove myself to my bookings and me who captured the photos and spent all my time editing and perfecting them. My business has taken me out of my shell and has allowed me to experience life a little more Also have to shout out my therapist for always grounding me and reminding me of the importance of myself and my job and the growth that comes with it as a person, and a business owner. And to all the fellow Latinx, Chicanx small business owners. All of you mujeres paved the way for me, because of other woc, and the representation I saw in my community I found it possible to do this on my own and to have the courage and strength to try to be just as amazing as them!
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Credit to myself: Melina Garcia Corazon Photography