We had the good fortune of connecting with Aubre Salas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aubre, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Staring my photography business was a dream since I was little. I was fascinated with the concept of envisioning a photo, and making it reality with a camera. It was a passion I knew that I wanted to do everyday. Making it into a successful business that pays the bills was a dream come true. Also the way I wanted to live my life day to day.
What should our readers know about your business?
The road to Photography has never been a clear set path. I knew from a young age I wanted to try and make photography a full time job. But always seemed out of reach because when I got to college it was still film photography, and if you didn’t come from money, or had money to go to art school; you were destined to be a “starving artist.” I took every possible photo class my university provided, and by stroke of luck I found a professor that saw my skills and took me under his wing, and mentored me. He gave me assignments that broadened my eyes to new techniques. I practiced, read books, and eventually watched YouTube when it came around, to gain knowledge.
I moved to Austin Texas when I graduated in hopes to having a bigger city to help start my career. I moved here before social media was such a key roll in advertising; so I waited tables, and took any opportunity for social meet ups. Through those I nourished relationship with CEO of companies or did discounted rates to people I knew could/would refer. It wasn’t till I landed a Manger/Photographer position at a wedding company. There I learned the insides and outs of business, contracts and the flow of Wedding Photography. Fast forward now I have run my Gypc Girl Photography successfully for 6 years. I have adapted to Social media roles, but I still value and put into practice the connection to people and networking as a way to get clients. May be old school, but it has worked for me, not only for continued business, but many friendships that have come from it. My clients trust me, because I put the effort into getting to know them.
My style is photo journalistic; I love capturing the realness of the environment and the subject. I want to capture what your eye see’s but enhance it. This isn’t just a job for me, its a passion, it’s my life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Austin the best time to visit is in March, the weather is perfect. My favorite thing to do is paddle board, so definitely start there. Then maybe head to hula Hut after for margaritas and chips and queso. Through out the week, taking them on a bike ride around Austin, hanging out at Zilker with our dogs, and maybe a quick trip to the 360 look out, to see the whole city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Dedication to my success goes to my family and friends, who have kept my business alive. Which in retrospect gave me a chance to live my dream.
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