We had the good fortune of connecting with Elijah Nicolas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elijah, what makes you happy? Why?
Happiness is really as simple and easy as we make it and with that, I’m happy just living life in the present. Constant appreciation and soft resets always help. But I’m even happier when I get to do the things that I love for which is everything. When I started AFC Headshots, I took a passion that was once a bigger part of my life and turned it into a business making people feel great. Through coaching and awesome photography skills, I help individuals capture their real selves. Selfishly, that makes me feel fantastic as I love helping people. Acts of service and gifts are easily one of my strongest love languages.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
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?
First, I would have them step into my studio so we could level up their headshots! Next would be La Jolla and Mt. Soledad. A short jaunt towards Torrey Pines then over to some Roberto’s for the introduction into San Diego Mexican… Carne Asada Burrito and Carne Asada Fries. Hidden Fish Sushi for the night followed by Pitchers for some more libations. Good times all around. The next day, San Diego Zoo with it all ending up with either a Padres Game or The Gaslamp Quarter. San Diego has so much to offer it’s hard to do it all in a week but I do try. We’ll go boating in the bay, maybe some surfing, check out the seals, grab some fresh tortillas in Old Town but have some good chill time as well maybe on a hike up Mt. Woodson if you’re up for a shot on top of “Potato Chip.” Depending on how adventurous they are, we’ll even drive across the border and grab a bite at Ceasars. The world is their oyster and I’m just their guide. One thing about me is, I’m always down!
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?
AFC Headshots wouldn’t be where it is today without the biggest cheerleaders. The first is my wife who supported me in this endeavor and continually helps me strive to be the best along with allowing me to transform our living room into an awesome studio. The second, which is technically tied with first, is Danh Nguyen of The Boston Headshot. His continuous mentorship through hands-on training, FaceTime calls, constructive criticism, encouragement and essentially being a “Tiger Dad” is shaping not only how I capture a headshot but how I conduct my photography business overall. His goal-setting tactics as well as his constant push are exactly what I needed to launch and get off the ground to which I attribute my success to him.
Danh Nguyen of The Boston Headshot (the two photos of me in a group setting and of me taking a picture). Peter Hurley for my headshot.