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Meet Steven Aquilino of SJA Studios in Scottsdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven Aquilino.

Steven, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started in the motion picture industry as a Camera Assistant on Tv and film productions. While doing that I took a lot of still pictures on the sets I was working on. When a friend of mine approached me about photographing his wedding, I agreed and found out I loved doing it.

I started photographing people’s weddings for free at first, building my portfolio. That evolved into the full-time business I have now, SJA Studios. I am a small business that concentrates on excellent customer service and a fun experience for my clients while providing beautiful photographs of their wedding day.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a slow and steady road. It took a long time to build the business up. There is a lot of competition since the recession. There is also a steady flow of new photographers since there is so much educational information about the business of wedding photography online.

Wedding photography is a very personal thing to couples. I am not the perfect photographer for everyone. Couples must find a photographer. who they really would like to work with, really love their style of photography, and fits into their budget. I need to be the right fit for them. If not, that can lead to an unhappy client and we never want that!

Please tell us about SJA Studios.
I am the owner of the business and the photographer. I run all aspects of the business from managing client leads, to booking clients, to communication with them throughout, to the photography, to the post-production of the images, to delivery of the final products.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have started when I was younger!


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