Today we’d like to introduce you to Carina Walker.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Carina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My first memory of falling in love with photography was at the age of 7 while living in my home country of Buenos Aires, Argentina. My aunt would always share her Polaroid camera with me during her family visits and taking pictures soon became a symbol of our eternal bond. Those images developed into souvenirs that validated our memories and still fills us with joy and happiness.
My mom and I would spend cherished afternoons organizing and grouping the photos into our photo albums as we watched the stories unfold. Those moments soon became priceless treasures when my mom passed after my 14th birthday.
I continued to be drawn to the art of photography as a novice with my Fujifilm camera. Weekends were reserved for family gatherings and pictures were as common as breathing for us. Waiting at the drug store for the pictures to develop was exciting and I was always anxious to see the results because film does not have the luxury of preview so prevalent today with digital cameras.
When I moved to the United States, I was began to explore digital photography and bought an entry level Canon. Thus began my journey of “painting with light”.
During my quest to recover a blurred photo I was introduced to Adobe Photoshop and 20 years later still find it an invaluable tool for tweaking.
From Novice to Professional: The night before my wedding our hired photographer went into emergency surgery! There was nothing she could do and we did not have a backup plan. Most professionals required at least 6 months’ notice and we needed a photographer in less than 12 hours! It was at that moment that I realized the true value of photography. Gratefully, we found a professional in training who agreed to help us and accepted the job on extremely short notice. After the honeymoon, I started taking professional classes and upgraded my camera and lenses. My love and respect for the art of photography enhanced with the growing knowledge and understanding of my craft. Beauty is found in the eye of the beholder and the gift of photography allows me to share it. We are forever evolving toward improvement and that is why my favorite quote is: “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow” – I. Cunningham
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The business side of being a professional photographer is the most challenging part for me. As an artist my heart goes into every collection and it’s hard to translate the true value of my work into monetary terms. This is especially difficult when a client is basing their decision solely on a budget. To those without an appreciation for the art of painting with light just capturing an image will suffice and it’s like leading a horse to water as the saying goes. No one likes a person that brags about themselves but when a client has to be made to understand the difference from Uncle Bob’s pictures and your masterpieces, it’s a fine line that gets blurred by dollar signs. And because I love what I do, it’s frustrating to witness a couple make the mistake of underestimating the difference between a moth and a butterfly.
Another area of business that I find particularly stressful is dealing with bookkeeping. The beauty of my art dwindles into numbers in order to accommodate the needs of my profession. Taxes, insurance, and so forth are necessary evils in order to maintain any profession but they add weight to the pressures that already exist in keeping my craft alive. Since my company is the vessel that allows me to express myself as an artist, any threat to its existence is an affront to me and my creativity. Therefore, we keep each other well fed and alive.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Carylux Photography – what should we know?
Carylux Photography mostly specialize in weddings, I enjoy ethnic and culturally diverse weddings.
But I also shoot family portraits and newborns. My style is Traditional and candid. I shoot what I see and my eyes are always looking for emotions to see the shine in your eyes, because that is the reflections of your heart.
Each client is an individual and each situation is unique. For instance, after one wedding the bride called me crying. My heart sank because I had just sent some pictures to her as an appetizer in anticipation of what’s to come. Usually a couple will express their appreciation and joy through emails and reviews but never had anyone called me crying! Nervously, I asked what was wrong. She sniffled through an explanation that she was looking over the pictures with awe and amazement. Why? Because she was afraid to even see the photos due to her own low expectations. She thought that the day was ruined when it rained on her rustic-styled outdoor wedding. But the images revealed a different story that she felt saved her wedding memories beyond her expectations. The lens had opened her blue skies and her emotions poured in with an abundance of gratitude. Moments like these is why I love what I do.
This is an example of why I am proud of my company. True, it is a business. But it is a business that allows me to be creative and express myself through my art while assisting others to fulfill their dreams.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Weddings are my area of expertise as professional photographer and they can be very stressful for everyone involved. So, my background of working many years at wedding venue long before becoming a wedding photographer helps to ease the pressure associated with the overwhelming concerns of my clients. Since many are first-time Brides, they obviously want their dreams to match the realities of their wedding day. Thus, having a deeper understanding of procedures helps me to remain calm in a chaotic environment. This is crucial when taking pictures of the most beautiful person in the room. She has to be relaxed as much as possible in order to capture the true essence of her persona. So I try to connect with each bride to assure them that when they are in front of my camera they are fulfilling their dreams and we are all there to make them come true.
My beloved husband is my biggest supporter, every day I thanks my God to have him in my life!
- Wedding Collections Starting at $1,899
- Portraits Starting at $450
- Family Session Starting at $350
- Website: www.caryluxphotography.com
- Phone: (832) 997-0905
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/caryluxphotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Caryluxphotography
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/caryluxphotos
- Other: linkedin.com/in/carina-walker
Many thanks to the Tiemann Family.
And a special thanks to the Pavlik Family.