Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Alvarez.
Hi Nick, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Well for me, photography has always been a special part of my life. Growing up, my mom had the camera, and she would take pictures of me and my siblings every chance she could. At our sporting events, recitals, concerts, you name it, she had the camera in her hand. When I was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor when I was 15, she had the camera in her hand and took pictures of my post-surgery recovery, every doctor visit, chemotherapy session, and everything else I did during that time. It was incredible how she did that because there are so many things I didn’t remember right away that she captured on camera, and it reminds me how special photography is. So after I graduated college in 2014, I decided to pick up my own camera and start shooting, and so I did. Ever since then, my love affair with photography has had its ups and downs, trials and errors, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It is my passion, and I know it is what I was born to do and to be.
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?
Well when I first started, I actually didn’t really have much knowledge of a camera or all the details it takes to take a photo. I had to learn by going out there and shooting. I also sought advice from more experienced photographers and applied what they taught me into my own work. Probably the most difficult thing about my pursuit of doing photography full time has been the inconsistencies of bookings or paid work. And as someone who wants nothing more than to do this full time, it affected me mentally and even physically. There were times where I even considered giving up, but I always talked myself out of it with my own saying, “Just keep shooting”.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a freelance professional fashion and portrait photographer looking to become a full-time photographer. What sets me apart is my passion, my love for photography, my drive to always improve with each shoot, and how I just want to have fun with the people I create my art with. I’ve always felt like if you’re not having fun with photography, then you should probably find something else to occupy your time.
How do you think about happiness?
What makes me happy is going out there with the goal in mind to have the best day I can have every day. To be around the people who care about and support me, to do what I love to do and share that love with everyone who sees my art. I want them to feel my stories and emotions I capture with each photo they see, and that is what makes me happy.
- Photo Sessions are currently $150 for 2 hours, and that includes unlimited looks, studio or outdoor location, proofs of every photo taken, along with 10 edits guaranteed from the clients choices.
- Website: alvarezimages.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/alvarez_images
- Twitter: Twitter.com/alvarezimages
- Other: alvarezimages.com/prints
Models: Jeana Turner, Joshua Posada, Whitney Masters, Julia Kelly, Ashlynn Holton, Juliet Capulet, Gabriella Collazo, Tulsii Thakor