We had the good fortune of connecting with Silvana Braggio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Silvana, how do you define success?
Defining success for me is something that varies from individual to individual and depends on the moment of life. It’s not just about money and fame.
When I started my career as a photographer, at age 40, mother of twins who had just started kindergarten, being a foreigner, living in the USA for only 5 years, success for me would have been to be able to have a career that gave me the possibility to help with the household finances without sacrificing my time with my daughters.
Photography was my passion, and I turned it into my business. I went to college, did several workshops and started my business doing family sessions.
As my business prospered, I always tried to balance my time, so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed and miss out on important moments in my daughters’ lives.
Today, for over 10 years in the profession, doing many family sessions and ending the year 2021 having photographed 28 weddings, I can say that I am a successful person, for starting a career from scratch, at 40 years old and in a country that was not my own.
At 50 years old, which I will complete next month, I consider myself a successful person for having the opportunity to work with what I love, been present on my family life and with the willingness to continue in the market for many more years.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always been a person of easy interpersonal relationship. My focus when I’m photographing is to make the experience always positive. When I photograph a wedding, I’m there to help with whatever it takes. My goal is for my clients to have a happy memory when they see the photos, that they remember how much fun and exciting the day was! I believe this is the difference from other professionals. Because nowadays, everyone can have state-of-the-art equipment and learn to take beautiful pictures, but not everyone has the ability to deal with stressful situations and make people feel comfortable and happy when having to take pictures.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am Brazilian and my husband is Argentinian, we always have family and friends visiting us and we like to plan these visits well so that they want to come back. We usually do the Page, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and Sedona circuit. In Scottsdale we like to walk around downtown, have lunch at restaurants with patios when the weather is nice and go hiking in the beautiful mountains we have here.
With the kids we always go to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park and the Children’s Museum in Phoenix
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, who always supported me and believed I could do it. Also I am so thankful for all my clients! Seriously, I can’t say enough how important it is to me when someone trust me to capture their important moments in their lives.
My profile image was taken by Amy and Demos Photography.