We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Leon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sophia, why did you pursue a creative career?
Having a creative photography career has allowed me to bring not only my own but, other’s visions to life. It has also been a sort of therapy for me. I’m an introvert my nature and being in my element has allowed me to be myself without any fears. Being a photographer has allowed me to share mutual ideas with fellow photographers, models and clients. Clients share their ultimate photoshoot ideas with me and I do what I can to bring that vision to fruition within budget of course. Having creative abilities motivates and inspires me to hopefully motivate and inspire others. Additionally, being in this business for over 15 years has allowed me to gain a set of skills and experience to feel comfortable with having other creatives shadow me and learn from me. 

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.
My photography style is always changing when it comes to my personal projects. I like to challenge myself by learning and perfecting new photography techniques. I excited about getting more of my work published in the near future. It’s taken about 15 years for me to finally feel confident in my work. I’m a perfectionist so naturally, I always find something wrong with my work and I work hard to perfect it. Maintaining loyal clients has not been easy since moving out here from California. I’m slowly gaining the confidence of clients here in Arizona. I have learned so many lessons along the way but, the biggest one is I am my number one fan. Often, people have let me down and not recognized my small achievements. I am very focused on brining a photography vision to life as long as the client’s budget permits it. I work hard to deliver the very best results.

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?
The Churchill in Downtown Phoenix is one of my favorite spots with the right company. I love the open-air food court. I love to order lunch from Provecho and order a Mojito from So Far So Good. After a few cocktails, I love to visit the Phoenix Art Museum and enjoy the expansive art collection.

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?
I’d like to recognize my Husband, Joel Leon for being my number one supporter. Without his love and support, I just couldn’t do this. He has also been my mentor. I often come to him and ask him for guidance and suggestions.

Website: https://www.sophialeonphoto.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophialeonphotography/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SophiaLeonPhotography/

Image Credits
Monique Ceja Baylee Coons Brittnee Campenella

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