Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Gutierrez.
Hi Maria, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Back in high school, I was taking photography courses but really didn’t think anything of it. After I graduated high school, I enrolled in a 3-year internship named “Ignite School of Ministry.” Through this program, I was given the opportunity to join their media team. Their media team consisted of creating graphics, taking pictures, creating promo videos, etc. I was taught the ins and outs of creating content.
It became so much fun. Throughout my time with them, I would be hired to take family photos, weddings, and graduation pictures. Even at this point, I didn’t see myself launching a business. I moved to Arizona in 2018. In December 2019, I decided to finally launch into a photography business. But as we all know that was the beginning stages of the pandemic.
This put a pause on my business. During the pandemic, I started dating the love of my life and throughout the entire pandemic, we managed to get engaged and plan a wedding. After our wedding, my husband kept reminding me of my photography business. So in September 2021 was when I decided to pick up my camera again.
Our friend had reached out to help with his proposal and of course, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. As we shot this proposal, it reminded me of how much I love capturing meaningful moments. I didn’t see photography as just a job but I understood the value of capturing life-changing moments.
I always say to myself “Jesus loves weddings.” There’s beauty through proposals and weddings. If you know me, you know how emotional I get watching my clients get married. I believe that through a union of a couple, there’s a legacy established for them. A legacy of hope, love, and life.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Every journey has its lows and highs. As I stated before, we launched literally right before COVID. I myself didn’t really see that I could become a business. When my husband started to encourage me and believe in me, that was when I really took confidence in what I had to offer.
Though I’ve only been in a business for 8 months, I have seen God’s grace over my life. The first 2 months were challenging. It was trying to make connections with our community and vendors, learning to build the right prices for my packages, and also learning locations to shoot at.
But in a matter of just 8 months, I have grown so much and have learned a lot. It was intimating joining a field that is considered to be “competitive.” However, AZ photographers and AZ vendors have made it so easy and have been so loving. If there’s one thing to say about AZ businesses they’re very welcoming.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Uncover Photography is about uncovering the hope, love, and unity of our life.
Our team’s heart is to help you capture intimate and meaningful moments – ones you cherish and keep for the rest of your life. Photography is not just a job but we do everything to connect with our clients and ensure the best time with them.
- Engagement Session $220
- Weddings $2,000
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- Website: https://uncoverphotography.mypixieset.com/
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