We had the good fortune of connecting with Maineflixzz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maineflixzz, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
SUPER SATURATED!!! Everyone in this world feels it is so easy to pick up a camera and start doing photography or videography. This also makes it hard to compete with others who are doing it professionally. Professionals are the creatives that people seek for high quality work and value. Outsiders are more unaware that to make a name for yourself in this industry, you have to set yourself apart from others somehow. If you don’t separate yourself it is very easy to align and be like the next person, where there is no gap for recognition. This industry requires skills and practice just like anything else. One favorable thing about this industry is we all get to learn from each other. It’s nice to see expansion of this industry but that brings competition as well. I have been very blessed with my skills and knowledge to label myself as a Professional Traveling Photographer!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It took some years, long days and nights, endlessly networking, moving to a big artistic city, and depression to get where I am today as a Professional Traveling Photographer and Videographer.
My business has evolved into me traveling to provide visual content for bloggers, music artists, YouTubers, small businesses, corporations, models and private clients. I specialize in portraits, special events, music videos and film photography.
Easy is a word you can never use living in this life! Life is always changing, evolving, and teaching. To get where I am now, while still not satisfied with my status of business it absolutely was not easy!! But I am grateful and blessed for this journey, knowing this journey has no end for me. I want to connect with all and provide value.
Today, I also co-own and operate two creative studios available for client rental: 408 Studios in Los Angeles and Sound Valley Studios in Phoenix.
I am most proud of the positive feedback I receive with client experience. My goal is that my clients feel comfortable through the whole process from booking to final product. I show up to each project with excitement and a passion to connect with you. This makes me stand out because I want to create something memorable for the rest of your life. Produce something that you can always look back to and be excited to refer to it.
Personal referrals are the best validation for me because it means my client was happy and trusts me to make the next person as happy.
I’m up to try anything! I just love creating!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would show Downtown Phoenix for sure because every city’s downtown has a different look and energy. If they stay a week, I hope it’s the first of the month to show them FIRST FRIDAYS in Phoenix. First Fridays are always a great environment to connect and have some enjoyment to your life to meet new people and be surrounded by great outdoor energy of the valley. I also do hikes whether morning or evening to be adventurous and see some crazy mountain views of the valley. Then probably head to Sedona for a day or two then go up to the Grand Canyon. The itinerary would be super adventurous and lots of fun. A week is not long enough to do all the things but I for sure would show a friend a great time in Arizona. I always have a camera handy to capture moments we live and be able to reminisce “good times” looking back.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wish I could list all the names I’ve come across. This shoutout goes to all my supporters worldwide. To the people who referred me, purchase merchandise, stay connected to my social media, purchase prints and photobooks, reposting or sending my work to potential clients. All these actions got me where I am today. But, the biggest thing for me beyond the support from others, everyone believes in me! I love networking and meeting new people. To be honest I wouldn’t be able to expand myself at all if it weren’t for all the people I met over the last few years. I really have cherished many relationships that I still have today from my time trying to grow my business as a way of living. I only want to reach more people to add value somehow with my skills. Only way this happens is if everyone continues your support of me and that is all I need to stay motivated and thankful.
Other: Photography start at $150 Videography start at $250 Photobooks start at $20 Prints start at $5
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