Many of you have asked me to share how a hobby became my real job.
Today, I can proudly say that I am a portrait photographer, and I specialize in family photography and personal branding. It is absolutely rewarding to be able to document life and see beneath the surface.
And this is my story.
To talk about the beginnings of my photography journey, I have to start by mentioning Pixeles: my beloved photography column at the University of Informatics Sciences in Cuba.
I ran Pixeles for five years.
Every week, I would post my favorite images of other photographers or my own. I loved having a personal space to reach others so they could learn about photography. During that time, I learned a lot by following inspiring photographers from all over the world.
I would also document university events for our newspaper and life around me.
It was such an incredible time.
Then, two years ago, I rekindled the love.
On November 5th, I picked up a camera that had been collecting dust on my drawer for almost two years and decided to go on a photo safari to Fort Lauderdale with a friend.
After that, my life changed.
That day, Odette, the artist, was born. That's why, November 5th is my photography birthday.
I started by borrowing my friends' children and documenting them.
It has been a lot of work. I have spent endless hours shooting and editing. And taking beautiful images is only the smallest fraction: the fun fraction. Then comes accounting, marketing and advertising, website design, and learning the ins and outs of running a business.
But I decided this is what I was born to do.
I love freezing moments.
I love capturing those glimpses of life that might be forgotten: when you have your first kid, or the last one, when the kids are grown up, or when they leave the house.
I want to portray real life and make it art.
I want your life to be my art on your walls.
I want to take the most beautiful portrait you have ever seen of yourself.
That's my vision.
If you are a mom who wants to learn how to document your children's lives, do it!
If you are a hobbyist and you dream of becoming a photographer, do it!
Just do it.
And do not hesitate to reach out to me. I paid the dummy tax so, if I can help you in your journey and make it easier, just let me know.
““It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.””
Here you can see where I started :D and the evolution of Odette Photo+Art