We had the good fortune of connecting with Javier Rivera and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Javier, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I started to pursue my creative career after many years of working in the pharmaceutical industry behind a desk, and still having to hold a night gig as a cook every now and then. At 40 years old I had already been working for 24 years, since I was 16. I was tired, burned, with no time for family, and no interest in climbing the corporate ladder. I wanted some freedom, time to enjoy my family, and I wanted to do something I enjoyed, and get paid for doing it. I always took pictures, ever since I was a kid I always had a camera, and so I decided I was going to take my interest seriously and become a photographer. I bought an entry level camera and kit lens for the first time in a decade, and there was no turning back. JavierRiveraPhotography.com was officially launched in 2021, and both civilian and commercial client lists are growing. I look forward to working on my craft every day, and I spend more time at home with family.
Today I see myself on the path of success as a photographer and business owner, and I am ready to spend the rest of my life building this career.

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.
My style of photography is usually bold and colorful. Most of my work is done using flash photography, both for civilian and commercial work. I think what sets Javier Rivera Photography apart is the planning, and the ability to work towards a brief, whether is a human subject, a product, or a brand, we work with our clients to achieve their vision. I am exited about the future. We are starting to gain more commercial clients, start-ups looking for their first photo spread for a new website, from active apparel wear to natural supplements, lifestyle product/brand shoots, sponsored athlete portfolios, corporate headshots…the future looks bright!
We got where we are today by growing organically, investing smartly without incurring in debt, and by always working on improving our skills. Everyday that I am not getting paid for a shoot, I am shooting, testing, and trying new things. We also take service and relationships very seriously, so our clients keep coming back, they recommend us to friends, family, and other businesses.
I learned that in order to get where I want to be in the photography industry I have to play the long game. It is an industry of many starters and few finishers. The competition is brutal, but is not a race, is a marathon, and many come and go before they even begin to see any profits. It is a long road, but for those who keep at it, it is an attainable goal.
I want the world to know that we work really hard to achieve the highest quality possible for every project, we take every step seriously, from pre-visualization to final product, and we enjoy every minute of it!

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 live in North County, and I have to say one of my favorite spots is the stretch of Encinitas 101. It is packed with great restaurants, shops, bars, and always a lively environment. Also, you cannot have friends visit for the first time and not go to Balboa Park for an afternoon walk. As a photographer, I favor urban setting for portraits, so Downtown San Diego, specially around Petco Park and towards the Gaslamp district offer awesome backdrops for incredible and modern looking portraits. San Diego city also had some amazing hidden gems when it comes to food. One of those places is a mom and pop Chaldean restaurant called Ali Baba on Main St. in El Cajon. The food here is authentic, fresh, and delicious. They make fresh home made pita bread to order and the best, daily fresh, most silkiest humus you ever had. Another of those places is a little Vietnamese restaurant on University Ave. in the middle of City Heights called 777 Noodle House. They serve fresh made noodle diches with authentic Vietnamese flavors.
And of course, take your friends to the beach. PB, La Jolla, and Solana Beach are great towns to go have a day at the beach, have a cocktail and lunch, and head back to the beach!
Before they get on the plane, send them off with a few donuts from Parlor Donuts in Solana Beach…OMG, you never had a donut like this, and you probably won’t settle for less after.

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?
First of all my wife Diane, for believing in me, for not thinking I was crazy when I started this journey, and for understanding that we are playing the long game. Diane has been instrumental in helping me grow my business, making phone calls, finding subjects and clients, assisting in shoots, and helping with marketing efforts. I could not continue to pursue this dream if it wasn’t for her love and support. And last, but not least to my mother for giving me my first camera, for paying to develop all that film back in the day, for storing every creation of mine, for always pushing my creativity, and for teaching me to appreciate art in every form.

Website: JavierRiveraPhotography.com

Instagram: @javier_rivera_photography OR @jr_product_photography

Facebook: Javier Rivera Photography

Other: email: Javier@JavierRiveraPhotography.com

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