We had the good fortune of connecting with Sal Mendoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sal, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It seemed a little scary, being a one person operation. But it has certainly been very rewarding. I definitely had lots of help from instructors and friends in the biz.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love walking in to an event. Seeing the people and capturing them while being unnoticed. I believe this method provides me with the best and genuine photos. I recently got a huge camera upgrade, so I am excited to familiarize myself with it and see what it can do for me. I feel that I got to this point by passion and education. I have always been into photography and capturing people’s lives, but I did not excel at this until I received the proper training. There is so much that goes into taking pictures (and video), it’s not just cameras and flashes. But if you love anything, then yes; it’s easy. Some lessons I have learned along the way is dealing with customers. Some customers know what they want and are not interested in your artistic taste and others trust you and allow you to express yourself freely. Would I would like for the world to know about my brand, is that I aim to please my client by providing heart-felt and intimate photos.

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.
Chinatown hands down. You have everything from great food, architecture, and culture. When in Chinatown, you definitely have to go to Chinese Friends Restaurant! Orange-peeled beef, kung pao chicken, and steam rice are some of my favorite plates! Afterwards, for dessert we got to get some chocolate mochi from the Phoenix Bakery across the street. Finally, after all that food we can walk over to the Far East Plaza. It looks beautiful at night and makes for some great pictures.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to take the time to give thanks to an old teacher and friend, Mario Congreve.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Sal.Mendoza.Photography
Instagram: @Salmendozaphoto
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sal-mendoza-583215139/
Twitter: @Photo_Sal
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Salster18

Image Credits
Sal Mendoza

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