We had the good fortune of connecting with Rikki Brugueras and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rikki, what is the most important factor behind your success?
It’s hard to name the “most important factor” because I believe my success is the result of several factors – and they’re all tied together to play a part in my success. These factors include being disciplined, always putting my best work out there and making sure my clients have the best possible experience that I can provide, taking responsibility for everything I do, and sticking to what I do best. But if I had to pick one, it would be the fact that you must be prepared to accept the hard parts of running a business. It’s inevitable that a wrench or two will be thrown into the mix of things and it’s not necessarily a bad thing or a reflection of you or of your capability. Failure shouldn’t make you feel unworthy – it’s just part of the process and part of success. I’ve always seen failure as something predictable, and as a necessary steppingstone for success. I’ve never been scared to fail because I’m aware it’s something that everyone experiences, and I believe fully those “failures” are what drive us to be the best we can be. Understanding and adapting to failure is something that really makes a difference when it comes to your business’ future and its success. Choose to see it as a beginning and not as an end.
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.
I think the biggest thing that sets me apart from other photographers is that I have been on both sides of the camera. I have been modeling for the last few years and I have learned so much about angles, lighting, posing, you name it just from working with multiple different photographers over the years. It’s crazy to me how many different tricks and the knowledge that you gain just from interacting with so many different people as well as other creatives. I have always had a love for shooting landscape and pet photography. We are outdoor enthusiasts and are always traveling and finding places off the beaten path. Now that I am getting back into the swing of things I am obsessing over couples/engagement sessions though. Getting to where I am today has not been an easy ride. I was not in a very good place in my life, and I let people dictate what I needed to be doing. Photography was not important in anyone else’s eyes, so I quit before I even had the chance to get started. But like I said in my intro I believe that failure is one of the most important steppingstones to build a successful career. I failed but eventually I got back up and now I am happier than I could have ever imagined with so much more knowledge than I have ever had.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
With us being outdoor enthusiasts, I would say anywhere in Arizona (depending on the time of year) But summertime is mostly spent up north like Flagstaff, Strawberry, Pine just to beat the heat. There are so many beautiful hiking trials, lakes, rivers, you name it we got it. We recently took a day trip up near Flagstaff to hike to a waterfall on the Indian reservation and wow was that a site to see. Wintertime we like to spend time over by Lake Pleasant exploring all the beautiful desert it has to offer. We got married out West in the middle of the desert this past February in the most perfect place and we would have never found it without random trips to see what we can find.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I believe that being surrounded by the right people is everything…and I must admit, I wouldn’t have pursued my dream without the support of my amazing husband, Dillion. When I decided to dabble into photography many years ago I unfortunately did not have a good support system behind me. I was told that this path would never become a career and I needed to focus on something else. Well, I did just that, I set my camera aside and did something else. It’s always been in the back of my mind and weighing on me. It wasn’t until I met my husband who pushed me to make things happen. I can never thank him enough for always being my biggest supporter.
The photo of me in the truck was taken by @luxeandcophotography The rest of the photos are by me.