FOUR CREATIVES

How to Level Up Your Photo Business with Kayla Esparza

November 02, 2020 Megan Season 1 Episode 11
FOUR CREATIVES
How to Level Up Your Photo Business with Kayla Esparza
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FOUR CREATIVES
How to Level Up Your Photo Business with Kayla Esparza
Nov 02, 2020 Season 1 Episode 11
Megan

Introduction

Hello you guys! Thank you for tuning in today. I am so excited to have the one & only Kayla Esparza! Kayla is a photographer in California and she is here to tell us about her story, leveling up your photo business & so much more! So stay tuned for this fun & unique episode! 


The day 1

Kayla’s photography journey started like many of ours, with a camera, THE camera! When Kayla was 12 she was assigned to learn how to use a camera that was given to her dad, she started capturing her grass, the bugs, & just looking at photography as a hobby that she grew to love! Through Jr High & highschool she was taking photography classes & was even part of the yearbook group! She eventually became the friend who took the pictures, you know you have that friend, or you are that friend HAHA! Kayla talks about her first actual gig in highschool she says, “my heart just burst open the second i got finished with that event”, she realized she loved being a part of the couples elopement. Kayla also shared an interesting fact about herself, she comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, she shares her experiences catering weddings for her dad, how she would follow the photographer & would just watch them shoot and interact with the couple. 

 

Finding her passion 

If you guys know my photography journey, Kayla’s story sounds very similar! After high school she was expected to go to college & graduate & find a job in that field, like many of us. So she did it, she went to college, wanted to be a teacher & planned to always do the photography thing as a side hustle (sound familiar? HAHA) Kayla eventually came to a point where she realized she needed a break, she was not passionate about school so she took a year off to find her true self.  Then, she made an amazing & BOLD move! She moved to California with her hubby!! Kayla then tells us about her photography journey after moving to California, she was a barista at starbucks and did photography part time. With no mentor, no resources, no instagram she really struggled in the beginning, constantly being super hard on herself, comparing her work to others, feeling unworthy of booking strangers. She says something that totally resonates with me and it’s “you can’t compare your own beginnings to someone's middle or end” she says “keep pressing on until you absolutely love your work”. The moment she got  a mentor, things changed for her, she learned so much more & went FULL TIME. Amazing right? Amazing how things can change the moment we invest in ourselves & our business, I love this interview!!


That mom life

Kayla is definitely a huge inspiration to me when it comes to photography, I wanted to touch on how she takes her son to photoshoots and how he does so well, I definitely aspire to take my daughter with me to shoot! She opens up about how she got a lot of backlash at 27 weeks pregnant because she flew to Iceland to shoot  a wedding with her mentor. She tells all moms, whether you're a new mom or aspire to be a mom soon, when you have a baby your baby should adapt to your life & not really adapt your life to the babys, and so she practiced what she preached. At 2 months old Liam, her son, was on his first flight with Kayla! Now he can sit through road trips and does an amazing job when she does take him with her to shoots, he adapted to her life & it so worked out! We also speak about how her husband & Kayla collaborate for weddings. They started a film company called Honesty Films, and she does the photography while he does the filming, it works out so much better when they work together because they know exactly how to communicate. In my opinion forming a company with your significant other is definitely a goal many of us desire, I think it’s such an amazing idea

Show Notes

Introduction

Hello you guys! Thank you for tuning in today. I am so excited to have the one & only Kayla Esparza! Kayla is a photographer in California and she is here to tell us about her story, leveling up your photo business & so much more! So stay tuned for this fun & unique episode! 


The day 1

Kayla’s photography journey started like many of ours, with a camera, THE camera! When Kayla was 12 she was assigned to learn how to use a camera that was given to her dad, she started capturing her grass, the bugs, & just looking at photography as a hobby that she grew to love! Through Jr High & highschool she was taking photography classes & was even part of the yearbook group! She eventually became the friend who took the pictures, you know you have that friend, or you are that friend HAHA! Kayla talks about her first actual gig in highschool she says, “my heart just burst open the second i got finished with that event”, she realized she loved being a part of the couples elopement. Kayla also shared an interesting fact about herself, she comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, she shares her experiences catering weddings for her dad, how she would follow the photographer & would just watch them shoot and interact with the couple. 

 

Finding her passion 

If you guys know my photography journey, Kayla’s story sounds very similar! After high school she was expected to go to college & graduate & find a job in that field, like many of us. So she did it, she went to college, wanted to be a teacher & planned to always do the photography thing as a side hustle (sound familiar? HAHA) Kayla eventually came to a point where she realized she needed a break, she was not passionate about school so she took a year off to find her true self.  Then, she made an amazing & BOLD move! She moved to California with her hubby!! Kayla then tells us about her photography journey after moving to California, she was a barista at starbucks and did photography part time. With no mentor, no resources, no instagram she really struggled in the beginning, constantly being super hard on herself, comparing her work to others, feeling unworthy of booking strangers. She says something that totally resonates with me and it’s “you can’t compare your own beginnings to someone's middle or end” she says “keep pressing on until you absolutely love your work”. The moment she got  a mentor, things changed for her, she learned so much more & went FULL TIME. Amazing right? Amazing how things can change the moment we invest in ourselves & our business, I love this interview!!


That mom life

Kayla is definitely a huge inspiration to me when it comes to photography, I wanted to touch on how she takes her son to photoshoots and how he does so well, I definitely aspire to take my daughter with me to shoot! She opens up about how she got a lot of backlash at 27 weeks pregnant because she flew to Iceland to shoot  a wedding with her mentor. She tells all moms, whether you're a new mom or aspire to be a mom soon, when you have a baby your baby should adapt to your life & not really adapt your life to the babys, and so she practiced what she preached. At 2 months old Liam, her son, was on his first flight with Kayla! Now he can sit through road trips and does an amazing job when she does take him with her to shoots, he adapted to her life & it so worked out! We also speak about how her husband & Kayla collaborate for weddings. They started a film company called Honesty Films, and she does the photography while he does the filming, it works out so much better when they work together because they know exactly how to communicate. In my opinion forming a company with your significant other is definitely a goal many of us desire, I think it’s such an amazing idea