We had the good fortune of connecting with JP Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JP, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is one of the scariest things that a person can do because you are literally gambling at a 50/50 chance for something to workout in your favor or not. Risk in my life has been a major part of it. Without risk I wouldn’t be where I am today living a life I’m happy with.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In the early iPhone years I was always into photography and getting the right angles on the phone but it wasn’t until 2018 that i was gifted my very first digital camera. At first I was just pointing and shooting at things and was genuinely pleased with the outcome but knew I could do better. It wasn’t until October 2019 that I started honing in on my craft and watching YouTube videos on how to take certain photos and spending hours out and about taking photos. It wasn’t easy at all there were a lot of moments where I felt like giving up and not wanting to continue because I wasn’t producing the photos I wanted and continued to compare myself to other photographers. One thing I learned was to not compete or try to do better then another photographers. I had to study their ways and ask questions to figure out how they shoot and then take the advice and tweak your style as you go along and eventually I had a style that I myself was pleased with. I create photos that I envision in my head when I see a location. I take the photo and then adjust colors to how I saw it when I was at that location. While I am still learning new ways to take photos I love to help others both professionals and Beginners on any tips and tricks with photography and thats something the photography community I’m part of helped me understand we love to see each other thrive and succeed.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego has endless locations to choose from so I’m very biased when it comes to “views” because I would want to show them places I’ve taken photos of. The beaches (OB,Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla) will be on the itinerary for some beach days. We will go down downtown to Gaslamp for some drinks and maybe even a baseball game if it’s the season. Tacos El Gordo is a MUST when visiting San Diego and then Convoy Street for endless Asian cuisine.
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?
When it comes to my photography career I couldn’t have done it without my “Dysfunctional Family” over on IG. We are a group of photographers that push each other day in and day out to be more creative and to push ourselves to limits we haven’t done so before. Shout out to all of you for keeping me motivated.