We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Garcia & Laura Davis Jonathan Garcia & Laura Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jonathan Garcia & Laura Davis, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Jon: My thought process was that I didn’t want to work anymore dead end jobs that I was barely scrapping by with and I wanted to give this a try. I thought that you know even if I failed at least I tried. Laura: Well, after I lost my job with a company I had worked for basically my entire working life, I was a little lost. Jon and I had been taking photos all over the place for a while and he approached me with his idea to start our own business and I was a little nervous but I decided that there really was no better time and why not take a chance on myself for once.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Please tell us more about your art. Laura: Honestly, recently I have been focused more on graphic arts and integrating them with my photography and videography. I still have a lot to learn too its like a new exciting thing. I will attach my latest piece called “wake up ” I made it using photoshop. Jonathan: Lately I have been working on drone shots and protecting them. As well as a lot of time-lapse and hyperlapse and really just trying to master photography in general, like lighting and flash. Both: We are working on a creative project right now its a series of short films the first one is called “Catch This Dream on Film” you can find it Youtube or Vimeo right now! To Tony Productions also did a review of it on his blog if you are interested in that he reviews a lot of excellent and other short films and stories. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. Laura: Honestly, I think what sets us apart from other photographers is that we can make even the most timid to the camera people open up a little and take some excellent photos. I think that’s cool. We also provide a level of customer service that others may not because of our history in the service industry we know how to treat people and we are good at it too! Jonathan: Our teamwork and ability to see things from different perspectives is what’s sets us apart from others. I would say this past year is what I am most proud of and all the progress we have made and things we have done. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? Laura: Well I ask myself that everyday! Hah! Was it easy? The business side of things NOPE, But you learn and adapt and move on to the next thing. Jonathan: A series of unfortunate events lead me here and I couldn’t be happier for it. Is it easy? Hell no. Do I want it to be easy? Hell no. If not, how did you overcome the challenges? Laura: Jon and I have the benefit of having each other so as long as we have each other we can get through anything. I really believe that. I have no idea where I would be without him but I can promise you I wouldn’t be where I am today. Jonathan: I like to think of myself as a challenge overcome. How I earn is by solving problems and that’s all you can do is just solve what problems you can when you can, or have to. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. Laura: That it is important to balance work and home life (Something we both stilll struggle with) It is difficult when you enjoy what you do to really stop and make time for each other sometimes. Jonathan: Don’t take everything at face value. And without challenges the rewards aren’t as sweet What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? Laura: That we genuinely love what we do and we want (and will) to capture the most important moments in your life so you can have a piece of it to hold onto forever. Jonathan: We aren’t your average photographers. We will get to know you and what is important to you. We will treat each photo like it was a tattoo. Permanent.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This following is assuming there is no Covid if a friend were to visit now we would stay inside 90% of the time and order a pizza or cook some food and chill. We would take them over to Addison circle parks and the Quorum area to take some architecture photos. We would have to eat a few places.. Fuel city Tacos obviously, as well as go visit Pizza Lounge and say what’s up to Mike while we have a beer and eat a slice of AMAZING pizza. We would have to stop by Eight Bells and say what’s up to Kirk while having another beer and enjoying the fantastic patio they have there. Maybe swing by the Cidercade in Bishop Arts and play some pinball. We would take them to this parking garage we skate in after dark next to our apartment after we ate some peanut butter and jelly waffles at our place. We would have to stop by at least a couple skate parks. We would go to a few of our favorite places to take photos like Adriatica village in Mckinney, or Las Colinas area in Irving, or Near the aqueduct to see the skyline from the south side. Or this other spot we like for the skyline to see it from the West side. We would probably go adventure night crawler mode and just grab a backpack and some gear and go find whatever action we can find to take photos or video. Can’t go wrong with the pioneer plaza area or victory park. Basically it would be all over the place but it definitely wouldn’t be boring.

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?
Jon: Wes Chambers for telling me that I am never too old to follow my dreams. Laura: Honestly, as cheesy as it sounds, I am going to have to say my parents. Because they taught me from a very young age that “Anything worth doing is worth doing right” And that hard-work does pay off even if it sometimes sucks in the moment. They taught me that I am capable of a lot but more importantly to find something I am good at and that I enjoy doing. And I think I finally have. I would’t be here without them, in more than one way. And I know I will never be able to repay them for their unending generosity and unconditional love that I KNOW was hard to keep demonstrating at times. Thanks mom and dad I love you guys.

Website: koikoiphotography.com

Instagram: instagram.com/koikoi_photography | Instagram.com/koi_photoshoot | instagram.com/koi.skate. | Instagram.com/koi_nature

Linkedin: Linkedin.com/in/koikoi-photography-laura

Twitter: @media_koi

Facebook: Facebook.com/koikoiphotography

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-qGVbxeih68scgl-YoCxQ

Other: bechance.as koikoi photograph, Laura Davis, as well as koi media. We are also on Vimeo if you just search koikoi photography we will come up.

Image Credits
KoiKoi Photography Laura Davis Jonathan Garcia

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