We had the good fortune of connecting with Unice Fernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Unice, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
Many things shaped me into who I am today. I’m originally from a small town called Sunnyside, Washington and was raised in Seattle, Washington. Growing up in Sunnyside was sort of like living in a bubble. It’s predominantly latinos with few people from other backgrounds. Latino culture is beautiful and lively. It’s full of love and values but like many cultures it has its flaws that have been passed down for generations. I’ve had to learn how to unlearn bad habits and beliefs then learning what is correct. Years later, we moved to Seattle and omg it was a huge culture shock haha. From being surrounded by people who looked like me, talked like me, believed what I believed, to now learning all about my friends and their traditions was exciting and new. It continued to challenge me and forced me to reflect on the ways I was taught throughout my childhood, in the media, etc. My experience in Sunnyside and Seattle shaped a lot of who I am now, my beliefs, and the art I create.  

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a photographer based in San Diego. Other than editorial and portraiture, I love telling stories. Every year, I work on different projects. One of my favorites is The Hispanic Heritage Month Project. I photograph latinos in the community and ask them to share what Hispanic heritage means to them. I believe representation is important and I want to encourage others to be proud of where they come from.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ooo, I would say my favorite spot is Coronado Beach. I know it’s just a beach lol but I love it there! I also enjoy Old Town, it’s a super cute touristy spot. A great restaurant is Cocina 35, it’s delicious. Their chilaquiles are the best. Or if you prefer Italian, I’d say Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill. 

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Special thanks to my friends and family out of state who have continued to support me. Their encouraging calls and messages means so much. Every time I travel, they book a shoot with me! I know life has been difficult for so many during the pandemic and I’ve had friends who continue to book shoots. I appreciate y’all so much. Also, shoutout to the ladies in @WomenWhoCreateSD. I still consider myself new to San Diego and don’t know a ton of people. These awesome women have seriously been so welcoming, encouraging and kind. Thank you all.

Website: https://unicefernandez.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unicefernandezphoto/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UniceFernandezPhoto/

Image Credits
Photographed: Rina Mbofung (@rinamakebeh) Rosy (@slim_ro_rojo) Gabriela Montini (@gabriela.gem) Eden Fernandez (@edenfernandez)

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