We had the good fortune of connecting with Grace Cazares and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grace, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It started when I took photography as one of my hobbies, when I was around 17 years old I followed so many art’s pages that inspired me, from that moment I knew that it would be my future. I wanted to make my profession something related to photography and design so I started studying from my own with tutorials and putting it into practice as I learned.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Firstable I stared to doing some simple portraits with dark tones because it was the trend in that time, seeing the work of other artists helped me a lot to form my style and give a different concept than just a simple photograph, I admired many works with advanced editing and it inspired me to learn how to use photoshop with youtube tutorials, it seemed too interesting to me how from an idea I could turn it into digital art combining editing and photography, as I grew I changed my style due to the different trends that I began to like, in this way I became better known for having a concept in my photographs that I used to take as a hobby, then the interest of the people that they began to ask me about the session’s cost and that was when I knew I wanted to dedicate myself professionally for my future. I decided to study graphic design at the university in Culiacán Sinaloa because I was interested in learning more about other programs than photography.
When I was finishing university, it seemed to be a uncertainty’s chaos about where I could work, I only watched my classmates worried about that, the work field in my city was not very good and with a lot of luck and dedication I started working as a graphic designer and photographer for a well-known clothing store in the city, it helped me a lot to create a good portfolio because it gave me great freedom to be creative.
Later, in search of new work experiences, I entered advertising agencies that were quite different from my style that I had initially, by then I had already taken a great leap from giving photography and editing workshops, many times we are good at something and for social and economic pressure we decided to endure just to have “stability” so I decided to leave and start being a “freelancer”, at first it was very weird to feel complete freedom of your time, organize yourself and see that you can do more things in the day, it was the best I could do since it helped me to focus specifically on the projects I wanted to do such as doing my photography workshops and my portraits, I continued studying more about editing and began to like the “neon and cyberpunk style” that are my current styles in photography, at this stage I realized that I wanted to live doing that photography style so I decided to moved to Mexico City in search of new challenges and experiences, the best advice that I can give is that don’t leave your goal or your style aside for being different, that makes you unique and people with similar tastes will arrive and start asking you for works with your profile, I am very happy to always believe in myself even in my weakness moments , to evolve and be better day by day personally and in my work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of the best places I’ve ever seen to eat in Mexico City is “Chilaquiles el Cuadrilatrero” it’s a Mexican food place that is known for its flavor and the dishes’ size, I was very amazed when I went there for the first time, I can recommend them a lot, it’s a great experience and also it has a very “Mexa” style.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m very grateful to all the people that surround me like my family, friends and those people who trust to me and to my work, especially my family because they shaped me what I am today, they’ve supported me in this adventure.