We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Medina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, what can you share with us about how Covid-19 has affected your business?
My business has definitely been hurting due to the impact of Covid-19. I’ve had many weddings and shoots postponed and I know it’s a lot harder on the couples because they are missing out on they’re special day but it’s also hard on all other parties involved as well. Each wedding and portrait session takes a lot of effort and planning. I go back and forth with each client discussing timeline and location as well as pre-scouting the area of the shoot. So since many have been postponed a lot of time and preplanning has been lost. Although it’s been hard I’m glad that precautions and rules have been implemented in order to make it a safer environment for us to live in. It’s definitely made me slow down and rethink how I can still schedule shoots while acknowledging the rules of social distancing. Luckily, I have an 85mm lens which allows me to be at a safe distance of my couples/families and of course, wearing my mask at all times.
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.
Being a photographer has been amazing. It allows me to get creative and think outside the box. It definitely wasn’t an easy task getting to where I’m at today and even now I don’t feel like I’ve met my full potential. There’s a lot of room for growth but like any challenge that your passionate about its worth the struggle. One of the lessons I’ve learned is not to compare yourself to others, it’s hard and something I still tend to struggle with but you’ve got to realize we are are different artists with different qualities and we book clients based on those differences. That’s what makes us stand out individually and aesthetically. Comparison will only fuel self doubt and make you feel stuck. Once you can remove those feelings your really see a change in yourself. I’d like to world to know that I’m just an average girl with differences, struggles and goals of her own but if your passionate about something go for it. Chase your dreams and make it happen.
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’d first start out with a trip to grand central market to indulge on the various food vendors and grab a quick beer. Then I’d make our way to melrose trading post to look for some vintage finds and have a stroll down the famous melrose street to continue the shopping. After We’d go to la brea tarpits to check out some art and head to the grove for some food and more shops. Can you tell I love shopping? Lol throughout the week we’d make stops at Venice beach, more local antique shops, Santa Monica pier, have a stop to eat at Jon & Vinnys, visit various art walls and have a cool little shoot, head to the arts district for some German beers and sausages at wurstkuche and take a stroll through the neighborhood. Then we’d of course gotta visit Chinatown and Olvera street for a bit for some more local culture. For a night cap and a bit of history we’d go to the Edison bar and hit up BADMAASH for some cool Indian food. Then have some brunch at the perch or one of the other local eateries.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people I’d like to give a shout-out to probably sound so cliche but it’s my mom and husband. My mom because she is the reason for my love of photography. Ever since I was a kid she was following me around with a camera in my face. The amount of family photos we have is endless. I always hated it when I was young but I’m so grateful she was there to take all these photos, especially of our loved ones who are no longer with us. Without her I don’t think I wouldve ever picked up a camera, she was always buying the newest equipment and when I got older and more mature She allowed to mess around with them and get creative. The second person would be my husband. He has always supported me and encouraged me to pursue my goals. No matter what he was always by my side at every shoot, assisting me in whatever I needed help with. Whether it was being my test subject, holding up reflectors or taking behind the scenes photos, he was always there.