We had the good fortune of connecting with Dalia Contreras and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dalia, what do you attribute your success to?
Three important factors for me, First one – Focusing on my true passion and what really spoke out to me and what I wanted to be known for instead of constantly comparing my work to others and never getting anywhere. Once I realized working with babies was what would give me so much excitement and drive I focused on it 100% and everything turned for me and my business for the better.
Second one – Support. Having someone push me to better and to go for it and allow me to fully dive in all while having my back and believing in what I wanted to pursue. No one else I can thank for this other than my husband, Jose, the backbone of my success to this day.
Third one – Not being afraid of all the curveballs the industry and universe threw and will probably still throw my way. From the very beginning of my journey in the industry I went through so many obstacles that would make me want to throw in the towel, I however never gave up on myself and my goals. It comes with the territory but I could never let it bring me down especially now looking back at how far I have come.
Working with babies was never something I thought I would do for a living, now I can’t see myself doing anything else, EVER. I love working closely with them throughout their first year and I love the connections I make with moms and the rest of their families, it’s an amazingly rewarding feeling capturing and freezing the memorable moments that will be cherished forever.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I specialize in baby photography, from newborns just a couple days new, to monthly milestones up to their first year. Capturing the bonds between mom and baby as well with the rest of their family. A child’s first year is so special and flies by so quick, you will never look back and say “I regret taking so many pictures”, these are moments you will forever cherish and I get to freeze those moments in time for a lifetime.
Getting to where I am did not come easy, working with babies is not for everyone, it takes a lot of patience, education and training. First is learning baby cues and baby safety, second practicing all of that while trying to perfect your craft in photography, two completely different things merging together. Always be willing to learn is what helped me overcome a lot of challenges, to this day I can never stop learning about new techniques and practicing baby safety.
Something I want the world to know about me/ my story – Focus on your craft and love it, everything else will follow naturally.
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?
Being that my studio is located in Oak Cliff near Bishop Arts District, there’s so many spots to eat, hangout and shop. My favorite cafe is just right across the street from me, Xaman Cafe, my favorite is their Xaman horchata and their panqueques. Picole pops also down the street from my studio is a must, especially with kids and after a hot day in Texas.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My support system 100%, without them me and my business would not be where I am today. My husband who is my literal backbone, no one sees much of it but he definitely keeps me and my studio standing, from building things for me, cleaning and doing all the handy work to being a super-dad with our kids, he will do anything to make my days easier and I truly can’t thank him enough for it. My assistant Jessica who keeps me sane by handling all the admin side of the business, something I personally hate doing and by outsourcing all those duties to her it helps me focus more time doing what I actually love. Lastly, my family, my parents who have always taught me to be a go-getter and have a strong work ethic. My in-laws who always show their support, my father-in-law actually gifted me my first camera and taught me a lot when first starting. I would not be where I am today if I didn’t have the support I do, I will forever be grateful for them.