We had the good fortune of connecting with Priscilla Caraveo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Priscilla, what do you attribute your success to?
I think that being kind and genuine is key. I truly love getting to know my clients and seeing their children and families grow over the years. I always ask about their lives, and I’m thrilled to hear about graduations, proposals, baby bumps, loose teeth, and all that is happening. I want to hear about their highs and their lows, and I tell them about mine. We become friends, and they develop a certain comfort level with me that makes being in front of my camera an easy and fun experience. My clients trust me, so they refer me to their friends and family, and that is the number one way my business has grown. Nothing beats word of mouth, and I feel honored every time a client refers me to someone new.
Please tell us more about your work. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am a natural light photographer, specializing in portrait and lifestyle photography, who loves to capture laughter, love, and real moments between people. My goal is to create images that are light and bright and filled with happiness. I love my photo sessions to be full of fun as well as chaos because that’s real life, and capturing that true connection is everything to me.
In an over-saturated market like photography, there can be a lot of self-doubt. One thing I’ve learned is to stop comparing myself to other photographers and just create the type of photos that bring me joy. Now, the only person I compare myself to is me. I look at the photos I took when I was first starting out, and I can see how far I’ve come. No matter how much experience you have, there is always room for growth. My goal is for every session to be better than the last.
I put all that I have into my work because photography gives me life! Being able to capture precious moments that people can look back at for years to come is a gift. I strive give each and every one of my clients photographs that they will treasure for a lifetime
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.
I would take my best friend to so many places! We would go to the Museum of Latin American Art, on a bike ride down the beach path, and on a stroll through the El Dorado Nature Center. We would have to go eat in the Hangar at the Long Beach Exchange or maybe enjoy an outdoor meal at Steel Craft. For breakfast, I’d take her to Berlin Bistro for a latte and avocado toast or for pancakes at the Village Cafe. Finally, we would most definitely have a Long Beach bay day at the Alamitos Bay. We would spend the day floating around in the bay, and then we would go for a stroll though Naples before heading down to Nick’s on 2nd for dinner. That would be the best!
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?
I dedicate this shoutout to my clients that have been with me since the beginning and have continued to book every year, promote me online, and refer me to family and friends. It has meant so much to me and my business. I appreciate you more than you know.
Priscilla Caraveo Photography