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Exploring Life & Business with David Carvajal

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Carvajal.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started out by taking photos on a trip to Medellin, Colombia, which is where I was born. This was four years ago. I really enjoyed taking these photos, so I decided to purchase an inexpensive point and shoot camera from the pawnshop. From then on, I started taking photos of my friends and posting them up on my Instagram account. People really seemed to enjoy my work, and I found a lot of happiness in taking photos. That’s when I decided to buy my first DSLR camera from my friend. I taught myself how to properly expose photos, color grade, and even retouch. My account began to grow as my artistic vision developed, to the point that I began to do editorials with local fashion models. I really enjoyed incorporating fashion and fashion poses into my shoots, which is why I decided to grow my fashion portfolio. At the beginning of April, right around the time, the pandemic began and, businesses were closing down, I decided to take a leap of faith and quit my job at the bank to pursue a career as a full-time Fashion Photographer. Throughout the lockdown, I would focus on making valuable content non stop to start attracting future clients, and as soon as the lockdown was lifted, I have been fully booked!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My photography path has definitely not been smooth at all! I have made a good amount of mistakes throughout the way, but that’s okay! Mistakes go from not having a signed agreement for paid shoots to not pursuing photography sooner. I have been blessed with a very supportive girlfriend who has helped me all throughout my journey. If I ever run into an issue, she is always there to listen and help me think things out.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
David Carvajal Photography, formerly known as Venua Photography, is the photography business that I have been running since January 2020. My main focus is on fashion, editorial, and beauty photography. I also do headshots and portrait sessions, but my work is geared more towards commercial fashion companies. My branding is based on building a community of like-minded creatives who don’t see their peers as competition. Things that set me apart is how involved I am in helping people and bringing value to my audience on social media. I post content almost daily on platforms such as Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The content I offer is easy-to-digest educational content on photography and entrepreneurship. I have grown in popularity throughout the years because people enjoy my work, as well as my transparency about the reality of being a full time photographer. I offer photography services for clothing, make-up, jewelry, and models. I have done many studio sessions and outdoors editorials for my clients! I always keep open communication throughout the process of the shoot, and I make sure the client is fully aware of what I am offering them.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I strongly believe that everyone should take a risk, especially towards building their future. One of the biggest obstacles is the fear of failure that has been engraved in our brains. You are going to fail no matter what. Failure is inevitable. What really tells you apart is your ability to hyper-focus on the big picture or the final product. Taking the plunge into being a photographer full time has been the biggest risk especially since I went from working at a stable office job with great benefits and a great salary to working for myself and building a business from nothing. Now, there is a stipulation, not everyone is meant to handle that kind of stress, not everyone is as motivated to succeed, but it’s something we can teach ourselves through creating good habits.

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