We had the good fortune of connecting with Miriam Morales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miriam, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I was looking for a creative way to offer unique services, and elevate proposals. The last few years I was photographing proposals and I spent a lot of time in pinterest, and wanted to stylize and help couples propose in unique ways, and with a set up in San Diego. I looked for opportunities or if a company existed doing this, and after a couple of stylized proposals, last year I decided to immerse myself in starting a full service company, and not only that offer unique date nights for couples. At the beginning of the quarantine, when I had a lot of time, and being laid off due to the pandemic, I started planning for three months, photographing, and starting my social media pages.
What should our readers know about your business?
San Diego Picnics started from a passion to photograph and create memorable and lasting moments for my clients, I love seeing the photographs and the social media post of them remembering or celebrating every year. I think in every set up we do, you can see I spent time creating it, and thought of how to make it stand out, photograph well, and service well to our clients. I think I got to where I am today, based on learning and being creative, and also having my photography business, and freelancing for many other companies- big and small. It definitely hasn’t been easy, juggling the many aspects of owning a business, and the admin work, while also doing the photography, editing and marketing, its a lot to juggle, and I have learned it is ok to ask for help and hire others to help me run this and keep it afloat. Some lessons I have learned is to not compare to others, and learn from my mistakes, and ask how I can improve for next time, take customers feedback as a learning experience, and that sometimes even after all, some people can’t be satisfied and that is ok.
If there’s one thing I’d like for everyone to know is that, San Diego Picnics comes from a person that grew up here in the city, and has photographed all over the city and the beautiful sceneries it offers, and when you book with us, I want you to experience it the same way!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Visit Balboa Park Museums and Gardens The zoo
Sunset Cliffs at sunset time, grab some food Powerhouse Pizza In PB or burgers from Hodads and watch it there.
Modern times Brewery in South Park, and grab some pizza from across the street at Lefty’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza,
Visit the Park on Upas, and you have great view of the Downtown Skyline.
Hillcrest area- walk to the bridge on Spruce St, and visit the coffee shop Cafe Bassam for some food and good coffee, then take a walk to Balboa Park thru the bridge entrance as well.
Barrio Logan – visit Salud Tacos, Border x Brewery, Mujeres Brew House for some good beers! there’s also many shops there that sell local artists work, and crafts, many inspired by Mexico, or from Mexico.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely the business couldn’t have been possible with the encouragement of friends and family, running ideas, and asking for advice on decorations, and helping me build this from the grown up it could not have been possible with out them, not only that but many times I asked for help to set up at locations, and carry items, or deliver items! With out them sharing about the business, and recommendations it could not have been where it is today, definitely.
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