Today we’d like to introduce you to Janira Aybar.
Hi Janira, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory
Growing up, my parents took photos and videos of everything my sister and I did. It was just something they made sure they always documented. They would make albums of our first years of life and print all of the photos they ever took of us. Home videos was also a big thing in our house. I am very grateful for all of those memories I can now look back on as an adult and also show my son as he gets older. In July of 2015, I had my son. I wanted to make sure I did the same thing my parents did with us and document everything in photos so my son can have when he grows up. For every Holiday, I would take a themed photo. For example, for Christmas photos, I would take white blankets, hang them up as a backdrop, add some lights, take some props like a small Christmas tree, or a basket and sit my son it in with a Christmas hat. I would photograph that with my phone and make Christmas cards with them. His dad noticed how creative I was getting with these photos for our son.
One night in January of 2016, he asked me if I ever thought about starting Photography. I said no, didn’t really think about how important something like that would be, just the fact that I was taking photos of my son on my phone was enough for me. But he told me that night that It seemed I had an eye for something and I should maybe look into it and give it a try. He mentioned it may be something I may love doing for others since I loved taking so many photos of our son. That same week, he bought me my first camera. I was also clinically diagnosed with depression and anxiety a few months after my son was born. When my son’s Father asked me that, I began to think that maybe it could “help” and it would “give me something to do”. As the years went by, I realized Photography was in fact, a big part of my healing process. It amazes me how much it helped me get through some of my most darkest days. To this day, my clients have no idea what an impact their Weddings and sessions have been for me, showing up to photograph and as soon as I would see them, everything else would go away, I would feel this sense of joy and hope. That’s when I knew that this was not just my business but my passion. I had zero idea what I was doing when I got my camera. I started you-tubing stuff, not even knowing what to search for.
I saw some free classes I could take online, did some research and in February of 2016, asked my best friend if I could take photos of her and her son for practice. We went to a nearby park and I fell in love. From there, I did a lot of practice work. My sister was pregnant at that time as well and I took Maternity photos for her. I kept falling in love with each and every photo I would edit. I started a Facebook and Instagram page and it just blew up from there. I have so much to grow still in so many areas. I am so humbled by all of the love I receive. It’s been 5 in half years, and I can say I am not where I want to be just yet, but I am truly grateful. I am grateful for my son’s dad, for seeing something in me that I would never have. I am grateful for my son, he is the reason his dad saw this in me to begin with. I am grateful for all of my clients, for everyone who believed in me, every single person who likes, shares, comments and recommends me to their Friends and Family. Even those who see me and tell me how much they love my work. I am grateful for all of it and now to have this opportunity to tell a little bit of my story.
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?
It has not been a smooth road at all. I am absolutely grateful, but there are many struggles in starting and maintaining a business. A big struggle for me is comparison. I know a lot of others tend to have the same struggle and I came to realize it’s normal. I have managed to learn things that help me deal with it. I also struggle with my mental health, so I do have my bad days still, I was clinically diagnosed around the same time I started this business but I have also learned how to deal with it along the way. Every day is a new day to learn for me, especially with my struggles.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Wedding, Maternity and Family Photographer. I specialize in Family, Maternity, Couples and Weddings. I have been told I am known for my sessions being fun! I am most proud of my clients. I have the best clients in the world. Each and every one of them have been a big impact in my business and I wouldn’t be here without them. Each and every one of them have a different story and I love that. I honestly have no idea what sets me apart from others. I’m going to say my work only because when clients book me and I ask them why they chose me, usually I will get that they saw my work and it caught their eye. Most of my clients are also repeat clients, and I am blessed for that because that means that they not only love my work, but they love me as a person too.
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Being a good/kind person and Family are what matters most to me. Knowing that I did my part, did the best I could and spend as much time as I can with my family is so important to me. When it comes to my business, the fact that my clients choose me to create these memories for their families and knowing that my clients love me for me, not only my work, matters most to me.
- Weddings start at $2300
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.janiraphotography.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/janiraphotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/janiraphotography