Today we’d like to introduce you to Romina Raggio.
Hi Romina, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Photography has been a part of who I am for practically my whole life. When I was a kid, I was always in love with taking pictures. I’d use the family point-and-shoot to take pictures of everyone and everything; from random backyard “photoshoots” to the clouds in the sky. My first slider phone was the perfect camera for me to use endlessly to take pictures of just about every flower or animal I saw. As I grew, so did my interest in photography. When I graduated high school, my family gifted me my first DSLR. That summer, I spent every possible moment learning and researching as much as I could about photography and my new camera, watching more YouTube videos that you can imagine. I truly fell in love with photography, more so than ever before! I loved every bit of it, and I found myself so eager to learn and try new things in a way that I had never been about anything before.
Once I started college, the inevitable questions began; “So, what are you going to major in?”, “What do you want to do after your graduate?”, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”. I had no idea what I wanted to do, and I spent months jumping back and forth between all sorts of career options. It wasn’t until about a year in that I realized that I could actually turn my love and passion for photography into a career. I was so relieved and so excited to know that I could do something I loved, and that I could be creative full-time. Three years later, and I have no doubts that it’s the best decision I could have made. I absolutely love what I do! I love shooting, I love editing, I love seeing new places, meeting new people and learning their stories. Four years ago I picked up my first professional camera, and I haven’t put it down since.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Like anything in life, being a photographer and running my business has its ups and downs. In the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew that I wanted to be a photographer, but I didn’t know where to start, how to get clients, how to use my camera, how to run a legal business, etc.. It took me years to cement my photo and editing style into something that I was fully happy with. Throughout all that, I was also balancing my academics as a full-time student at the University of South Florida. Throw in a few internships and part-time jobs, and it felt almost impossible to make time for my own passion. I struggled to find a balance in managing my responsibilities when all I wanted to do was focus on refining my own craft. In the end, though, the work I’ve put in to find this balance has absolutely been worth it.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a photographer and I specialize in portrait, family, and wedding photography. I would say that I’m most known for my editing style. I have a very bright and vibrant editing style, keeping colors true to life with an extra pop to them. I want my clients to remember the day as it was and for the colors to be as bright as they saw them with their own eyes. I’m most proud of the connections I have built with my clients. One of my favorite parts about being a photographer is that I get to meet so many new people. My clients are the coolest and I want our shoots to be more than just business. We always have a good time shooting together! It’s so important to me that my clients feel comfortable and enjoy our shoot, and I’d like to think that I’ve done a good job at creating an environment in which that is the case. I think one of the things that sets me apart from others is that I am very meticulous when it comes to editing, and I honestly tend to spend way more time editing than I need to. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and that shows in my work. I want my clients to love their photos as much as I do, and if that means spending an extra few minutes per photo to remove a trashcan from the background, then so be it!
Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
When I was in elementary school, I had an art teacher named Ms. Ortiz. She would always tell us that the beauty of art was that you could never mess up. No one could tell you that you were doing it wrong because there isn’t just one right way to do it. She told us that art was made for us to express ourselves, and that has stuck with me all these years. Ms. Ortiz may not remember me and she may not realize the impact she had on my life, but I consider myself so incredibly lucky to have been in her class. My passion for art started within that classroom, and I sometimes wonder who I would be if I hadn’t been randomly placed in her class. Although it was luck that set me on this path in life, I warrant most of my success as a business owner to my own hard work and dedication. I wanted this more than anything and I have put my heart, soul, and time into it, so I don’t believe its luck that allows me to continue pursuing this career.
- Portrait: Packages starting at $300
- Family: Packages starting at $350
- Wedding: Packages starting at $1295
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- Website: rominaraggio.com
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Romina Raggio Photography