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

Hi Sydney, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always known I couldn’t work for anybody but myself. When I was 16 and realized I could make money with photography, I never looked back. I knew that’s what I wanted to do. The business part was just a natural progression from that initial realization.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
“Was it easy?” is such a loaded question. Nothing is easy. We’re humans. Life is challenging. But, that being said, was it hard to get to where I am as an artist? No. And Yes.

I think with the right attitude and the right amount of perseverance and consistency, anything is achievable. How difficult or easy it is to get to where you want to go is all relative. So, it was hard, and it was easy– but the best way to describe it would be that it has been like an epic road trip with its fair share of ups and downs… a road trip that hasn’t ended yet.

The hope is to set yourself apart as an artist. And that’s all (again) relative to the viewer of the art. However, the one thing I strive to do every time I create is to tell a story. A photo without a story is just a photo. A photo with a story is what speaks to me, and I think it’s what my audience most connects with as well. That is why I always strive to tell my thought process behind each photo I present to the world.

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 the Arts District downtown. It’s quiet, but there’s still a lot to explore. Coffee shops, art, architecture, restaurants, murals, street art, the New Girl building (lol)… it feels like LA to me. I feel inspired there.

Another great area is Melrose. Partially for the same reasons–murals/street art/shops/etc, but also because of the people. If you want to find that LA fashion, just walk down Melrose. I love people watching there, and there’s also a great trading post on Sundays by the campus.

Lastly, I like Lake Hollywood Park situated under the Hollywood sign. It’s usually not crowded, and it’s a great place to have a picnic and feel alive. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my mom for telling me from a very young age that I could be anything I wanted. She always pushed me to explore life through a creative lens, and I think it’s largely because of her I’ve always believed I could be an artist. I know it’s rare to have this experience with a parent, so I’m forever grateful to her for the boldness she instilled in me.

Website: www.sydneyvaliente.com

Instagram: @Sydney_Valiente

Image Credits
Models from left to right: MrBBaby, Monterrey, Jaclyn Tuchman, Terrence Cooper, Alberto Valenzuela, Ellie Nichols

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