We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to share beauty with people. I wanted to show them their own beauty and help people feel confident about who they are. That is what my photography is all about. When someone come to be photographed by me they will have a customized experience that allows them to feel like the star of their own show. They leave with gorgeous photos of themselves that will be treasured for generations to come.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think people tend to believe that a successful person has natural instincts that lead them to their success. I’m sure many people do but there are also a lot of people who meander, struggle, and make mistakes before they find their path. I’ve learned to appreciate the journey and not compare myself to others. What sets me apart is me. I have my own perspective and my art reflects that. I love stars and flowers and you will often see that in my work. But, I also really enjoy the creative process and coming up with unique theme based on what inspires my clients. It’s fun to immerse yourself into someone else’s world and help them plan a photoshoot that truly reflects their vision.
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.
I love this question. Pasadena and Los Angeles have so many fun haunts to check out. People don’t tend to think of LA as a place where you can use public transportation easily but I disagree. With my home base in Pasadena one of my favorite things to do is to utilize the Gold Line and spend a Saturday or Sunday exploring the city. Pasadena is known for large amounts of restaurants per capita which makes starting your day with brunch so easy. My favorite spots are Mi Piace, Edwin Mills, or Plate 38. After that I’d hop on the Gold Line and head to Downtown LA stopping in China Town or Olvera Street or both! they both have cute little shopping areas and yummy treats. Once you’ve got your fill of these two cute parts of the city I love to hop back on the Gold Line for a final stop J Town. Another cultural center, this is your stop for all things Japanese. This area of the city also has the distinction of being close to the arts district. Just walk a little bit and you will find instagramable murals and some of the best breweries in LA. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Portrait photographer and educator, Sue Bryce, inspired my journey. She is a force to be reckoned with in the photography community and I owe a lot of who I am as a photographer to her.
The first photo of me, the main one that I uploaded separate from the rest is by Ashleigh Taylor Photography.