We had the good fortune of connecting with Sofia Putrino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sofia, what makes you happy? Why?
Wow, what a big question; but the one I was drawn to answering first. Mainly because, in terms of photography and my business, it is so easy for me to explain what makes me happy – making other people happy. Aside from the fact I have always felt I’ve ‘had an eye’ for photography, one of the first things to draw me to this profession was my own feeling after I received my own wedding gallery. I was given this extraordinary gift of being able to remember the best day of my life. I was able to experience my own wedding day again and again, through a different lens (pun intended). So being able to give that gift to others makes me so happy. I’ve been trusted with so many people’s “firsts” – first baby, first birthdays, first photos taken as a family, first kiss, the list goes on. Seeing the reaction when I deliver my client galleries and seeing how excited they are and grateful they are to have had their moment documented – THAT is what makes me happy.
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 art of choice is photography, and I love it with every ounce of me. I like to think that my genuine excitement, and my authenticity is what sets me apart from the other photographers out there (and there are A LOT of them). I try to bring genuine joy and laughter to every session, and it seems to help all of my clients relax and feel at ease. My ‘claim to fame’ would have to be that I am able to get all the husbands/fiancè’s/boyfriends to admit they had a fun time! I hope that every one of my photos shows genuine love and genuine laughter – I’ve succeeded if that’s the case.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I am a San Diegan born and raised, so I’ve got QUITE the list of amazing spots. My favorite spots will come as no surprise – the beaches. The fact that I can jump in the car and be toes in the sand in under 20 minutes will never get old. My favorite spot is absolutely Mission Bay. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Mission or Pacific Beach day, but the Bay side has always, and will always, be my happy place. There is something so perfect and calming about the bay. Starting off with a little coffee and walk to Kono’s for a breakfast burrito and walk out on Crystal Pier. As we head up the coast a bit, there is a mandatory stop at the Torrey Pines Glider port to catch the sunset – if you haven’t watched the sun set from that spot, you are missing out. Finally the tour-de coastal cities would end in Encinitas, with dinner at Herb & Sea. The Chef, Sara Harris is magical. Her Hamachi Crudo is sent from heaven, and it’s one of my most favorite foods. Throughout the rest of the week, we would make sure to see some other staples, The Zoo, La Jolla Tide Pools, Balboa Park, and of course the Hotel Del. But the best thing about San Diego, is that 1 hour east, and you’re in BEAUTIFUL mountains. So we would make sure to catch a sunrise hike in Mt. Laguna before heading back to a final dinner at my all time favorite restaurant in all of San Diego – Costa Brava. My grandmother is from Madrid, so Spanish food has always been on the menu for me – and Costa Brava is hands down the most authentic and delicious Spanish food in San Diego. Walks through Seaport Village and the Harbor, wine at Carruth in Little Italy, tacos at World Famous, and JUST for good measure, a Red Bull Vodka slushy from Shoreclub (Don’t @ me – it’s a PB must!) , would also be part of the week in San Diego.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband. My #1 fan, my biggest supporter, and sometimes my biggest sounding board. Although I was first gifted a Canon AE-1 film camera by my wonderful Uncle (which is what got me EXCITED about photography) – it really is my husband who has stood by and helped me grow this hobby into a profession. There have been so many days where I felt so defeated, so tired, so inadequate – but he is always there to build me back up, calm me down, and remind me of my talent and passion. This poor guy is also married to a bit of a scatter brains (who also happens to have a full time job IN ADDITION TO photography), so there are days when I have completely forgotten to tell him about a session until about 1 hour before I have to leave! He is always rolling with the punches, and always ready for a quick “hey come look at this edit – is it too orange…?”.
Portrait of Sofia on yellow background – Lee Gill Photography, https://www.leegillphotography.com/