We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Y. Ayala and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany Y., what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I never thought that I could pursue an artistic career. As a child I was inscribed to follow in my uncle’s footsteps and become a doctor. I come from a very medical family, my mom and aunt are dentists; my uncle and great uncle were both doctors all in Mexico. So for me being a first generation Mexican American, it would have been the greatest accomplishment. However becoming a photographer/cinematographer has really made my family proud, to tell our stories for the world to see. It inspires me to capture movement for generations to see how life once was. I’ve always been a very visual person. The choreography of life through your eyes is just on a whole other level. I’ve also love colors, contrast and saturation, through them you could really make people feel different emotions. And to say that this is my career is a true blessing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The artistry of my photography is really set in deep color. I love printing my photos on acrylic to enhance the colors. I shoot portraits and landscapes but when I really get inspired I need to bring out what I picture in my mind to life. There are many prints that I am proud of, but I feel I am extremely proud of the type of artist I have become. I can really see the grown in my pictures, and even in my videos. The path to where I am today was not easy. I worked my butt off, and I still do in anything I do. I would not want someone to give me only 80 percent of themselves, so in return I always give my 110 percent. It might sound cheesy but I have noticed that with a good attitude and a smile on your face, you can really change the perspective in a room. I’ve learn not to stress over the little things. I get to do art and bring entertainment to people, it is not like I am doing surgery; so enjoy the process cause that is mostly what you are going to remember in the end.
What I would like the world to know about my story is that we all have a different story to tell. Do not judge someone because they are different or living a different story. Listen to everyone story, you never know somethings might surprise you and some might even change your own perspective.
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.
When friends come to visit, I usually love to take them to Malibu. Enjoy the beach for a bit and maybe hit the Malibu hike. Show them a little of the nature side of Los Angeles. Maybe drive down to the Coral cafe in Burbank, I love those old diner type restaurants. Finally hit one of my favorite bars in studio city called the chimney sweep of a night cap.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In my career, I want to give a huge shoutout to my friend McKenzie Hanson. She has helped me tremendously in my career to continue my path in cameras. She has motivated me and introduced me to many of my fellow camera colleagues that I still work with to this day. So thank you Mac! Of course I have to dedicate a shoutout to my sisters, Alex and Vilda, for never giving up on my wild dreams. For always picking me up even when I thought I couldn’t get up. They are my biggest fans. Thank you two for being there for me.
in pictures Alexandra Ayala (bamboo forrest), Vilda Espinoza (female jesus) picture of myself with camera taken by Chris Metcalf rest of the pictures taken and edited by me Tiffany Yvette Ayala