Today we’d like to introduce you to Eddy Almaguer.
Hi Eddy, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’d always done video for my day job and was actually in USF Athletics capturing the football team and creating hype videos for them and other sports. Then one day as I was researching camera gear, I stumbled upon a wedding videographer on YouTube (Matt Johnson) and I wanted to learn more. So, over the course of a few months, I really inhaled all things wedding. One day I managed to book a wedding as a videographer despite having no gear or even a business name! I told myself in one year (the wedding date) I’d be ready no matter what. I soon left that job and COVID pushed back that wedding even further. But by then I had slowly built up my gear, continued learning as much as I could from YouTube, and officially created my business.
However, I began to dabble with photography little by little. In June 2020 I did my first engagement shoot for a coworker for a modest $125 and boy was I nervous! But they absolutely loved the pics and I found myself really liking the postproduction process of photography vs. videography. There was something special about photos where you looked at it and you just stopped to think back and recreate that moment in your head. It was then that I made the decision to pivot full-time to photography.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Is it ever a smooth road for any creative entrepreneur?! In some ways, I feel fortunate that I dove headfirst into a million How-To videos about photography and weddings because even when I lacked the experience, I still had the confidence. But there were definitely struggles of juggling many things in my life. I still work full time as a videographer, I run a successful website where I oversee two dozen contributors and am a father to a two-year-old toddler. Splitting time between all those is very difficult and there are times where I feel like I can’t advance my photography business because of everything I juggle. Then there are the personal struggles that I know others go through and for me, that’s imposter syndrome. But each time I deliver a gallery and get a wonderful reaction, I remind myself “Hey, you got this.”
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a wedding and couples’ photographer who also does family sessions. Working with me means you want a day full of humor, silly prompts, candid photography, and light and airy pictures that get a big boost if we can sneak some beautiful sunlight in there! What sets me apart is my intense preparation for any photoshoot. For surprise engagements, for example, I’ll always scout the location before and send color-coded map screenshots of where to propose, where to walk, where I’ll be, how to face each other, and more. Though I still have to stave off imposter syndrome, I am most proud of the quality of work I can produce now vs. a year ago when I first started while delivering a top-notch client experience.
The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I started my business in the thick of the pandemic (great timing, right?), so I can’t say my business was in full stride yet and therefore I didn’t have to make any huge pivots. For the weddings I worked that were pushed back from an earlier date, I made it a point to tell the couple that it was going to be a fantastic day despite the circumstances that led them here.
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