We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Nuñez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, how do you think about risk?
Risk is something I have always avoided in life. As someone who grew up very introverted, I quickly began to notice how it did no good keeping to myself; as the saying goes, “Closed mouths don’t get fed”. However, it wasn’t easy getting the courage to take risk in any situation in my life. When it comes to my line of work as a photographer and model, it is very necessary to be able to network with all types of creatives and potential clients. I wanted to get out of my bubble and collaborate with all of the amazing, talented creatives in San Diego, which by taking risks has led me to so many opportunities and blessings. Over the years I have learned to take risks in my life and my career if I want doors to open, which they have! Another quote I also live by and apply to my work ethic is that, “the least someone can say is no” I make sure to always remember that when it comes to my business because if you don’t try, you never know !
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My type of art is Photography; The type of Photography I do falls under the categories of Portraits, Food Photography, Product Photography, Birthday Photoshoots, Family Portraits, Maternity Shoots, Children, and even Dogs! I do all of it! I’ve learned it’s best to know how to photograph anyone and anything so that when I’m presented with the opportunity, whichever it is, I’m prepared and can present my clients these beautiful memories they will cherish forever.
Some things that set me apart from my peers is that I know how to light my models and subjects. Whether it’s on a cloudy day, sunny day, or in a studio I think the number one factor is learning and knowing how to properly light your models, everything else falls under. With photography it’s always a learning process, seeing what works best or what you can improve and apply that to future photoshoots. Another thing I feel sets me apart from others is that I like to offer my clients when they book with me the option to choose an outdoor photoshoot or indoor studio; or even artificial lighting outdoors. I also provide backdrop options to my clients if they prefer, as well as a GIF video animation in my photography packages. I like to provide options because people have different visions and ideas that I like to take into consideration which often leads to some amazing creative shots!
I am really proud of myself for continuing my passion working in the Photography business and networking with local business and creatives. At one point I wasn’t really quite sure what direction I was headed with photography being that I was starting off alone in the vast world of photography and had no advice or photography acquaintances. However, over the years I started applying myself and learning the business side of photography, as well as discovering what I enjoy shooting the most and always learning! This gave me more of a clearer insight with how to start my business. Slowly but surely I’m reaching my business goals, with patience and dedication anyone can pursue their dreams
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow I have a lot of recommendations for that! Of course I would start off by taking my acquaintances to the beach! I’m a sucker for delicious food and cocktails so of course we would have to stop by and eat so why not at the beach! One of my favorite beaches I go to often would be Ocean Beach. I would start off by taking them to The Holding Company, which is a three story restaurant/bar with an open rooftop which has a beautiful view of the beach especially during sunset. This place is known for their aesthetically pleasing, delicious cocktails. I would recommend the “It’s five o’clock somewhere” or their “Drunk in love” Cocktails if you’re a fan of coconut this is up your alley. Still in the same area, I would then take them to OB Noodle House which is a very popular spot given the fact that Guy Fieri has visited or something like that. We would also definitely have to take their infamous PB shots! This place has an amazing beer list, yummy cocktails, and food, duh. I would recommend the crispy tiger shrimp, and spicy garlic wings. For the next day I would take them to Little Italy and have breakfast at Morning Glory, which in my opinion has a random breakfast menu; but the cocktails and the interior of this place is to die for. Everything is pink and pretty all around and their bathrooms are full of mirrors, so take as many selfies as you’d like, for the gram. For the next move I would take them to Cloak and Petal for again, some delicious cocktails and sushi! After that I would let them walk around and see where else they would like to go since Little Italy is popular for having so many chic restaurants, and yes some restaurant spots may be good but if we’re being honest here, Little Italy is just a spot you go visit so you can post on Insta.
Lastly, we go home because I’m a homebody and my social energy is drained by the night.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to all those amazing individuals who see the perseverance I hold and for supporting me along my journey. I would also like to give thanks to myself. Everyone has their own story, but in the end it’s in the matter of your hands to achieve your goals and purpose in this life. I constantly have to keep pushing myself because I am determined to living life at my full potential and I can envision that prosperous life I deserve. Like I mentioned before, as an introvert I don’t have a close circle that I can rely on, so I trust myself to get there!