Q&A with Steven Naranjo, Wedding Photographer

Tell us a bit about your wedding photography business.
I’m working my way to be a full time wedding photographer. It’s been a struggle because it’s such a saturated market especially here in San Diego. But I try to stick to my style and not copy everyone else. And I try to combine value with my quality work by really educating my clients about prints and albums.
What gave you the idea for your business and how did it start?
Well it was kind of an accident. My friend who actually shot my wedding knew I picked up photography as a hobby and asked if I’d assist shooting a mutual friends wedding. Said yes and was instantly hooked and new what I wanted and needed to do.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I get to create art and preserve memories while meeting incredible people. I get to be part of one of their happiest days of their lives. There’s a lot of gratitude that comes with this line of work.
What are your keys to making yourself productive?
YouTube. I love discovering super talented photographers so I can learn to techniques and continue to bring my twist to give my client customer and unique pictures. They say everything’s been done before but that doesn’t me you don’t try.
Tell us one long-term goal in your career.
That’s tough because there is so much I want to do with photography. But one big one is to take my knowledge and share that wit other photographers with workshops. Internationally if possible.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned through the course of your career?
Lighting is everything. A photographer that can control light can shoot anywhere at anytime. 
What advice would you give to others aspiring to succeed in your field?
Be yourself, be different and invest in your education. Also don’t settle at a “Natural Light Photographer”. Learn how to use flash.
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I’m starting to get back into hiking so let’s go with that.
Name a few influential books you’ve read and/or websites you keep up with that you’d recommend to readers.
I’m not a book guy, very much a visual learner. Everything I learned is from YouTube videos and getting out there and practicing.

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