We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim & David Angeles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim & David, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
We feel that the most challenging thing for a person outside of the photography realm is to understand everything that it takes, to give it your all at each session. It’s not just showing up with a pretty camera, putting it on auto mode, and taking pretty pictures. In these modern times, everyone carries a smartphone and can do that. it takes education, planning, communication, researching, scouting, and knowledge on how your equipment functions for a session to be successful and editing. OMG, the editing, and so many other things that go into those gorgeous pictures that clients receive.
I think I talk for most photographers, it’s important to outline how your business works, and for the clients to understand that the most difficult, tedious, and time-consuming part of our work is to edit. we are pampered to such a degree, that people expect instant gratification, which is difficult when you have barely just gotten home from finishing someone’s session when they are already asking for their pictures. sigh…
So friends in other words, please be extra nice to your photographers, some of us also work other jobs, care for sick family members, have children, have a social life, and we also need our precious sleep.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
*Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally.
In the beginning, as they say, we were struggling artists, saying yes to every kind of session. We did everything from newborns to pets, and everything else in between. It took us a bit because of course, Instagram wasn’t around, and I had just moved from Miami in 2011. about a good 5 to 4 years ago is when we got more control and luxury as to who we wanted to shoot. and yes we found our niche: Couples!!
Marrying David my husband was the epiphany as to how we found out we loved to shot love birds in the wild. Us being in the same shoes as our couples have made it so natural for us to give fun, meaningful, and wild prompts to them. Also playing their favorite genre of music or favorite singer also has encouraged them to relax and enjoy their little “date”. Another cool little way we go above and beyond for our couples is that we bring complimentary sparkling wine, champagne, or they can do tequila shots if they are age-appropriate of course. We love movement in our session, so if they don’t have a broken toe hint: Brittani, then you better get ready to put on some dancing shoes and get ready to hop, jump, and boogie! all these prompts give us those gorgeous candid perfect moments that they enjoy so much, and that is soo worth it!
*Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
Once we found out what our passion was, we tried our hardest to achieve and maintain it. Especially when we found out we have a knack for it. I think every entrepreneur can acknowledge how difficult it is in the beginning when nothing is going right, and sometimes you feel like quitting. However, there have been so many positive things that definitely outweigh any negatives we have had. We have forged new friendships through our art and many happy customers and followers that keep referring to us as “our one and only photographers” Such genuine compliments, have pushed us harder and farther to keep on striving to bring a great experience to them, in every single session. That way, they can look back and not only celebrate the occasion but relive that moment. another positive has been finding other amazing creatives in the metroplex, to the point that we help each other out without competition, we treat each other as a community, in which we keep growing and keep inspiring each other. Thank you all for the enrichment and for the encouragement!
*What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
With time we have met many people that have been for a lack of better words: hard to deal with. meeting them and catering to them has made us realize that sometimes it’s best to ‘let go’ and understand that we aren’t compatible. There are better things to come. That one was the hardest in the beginning when we were struggling and needed clients, but really if we aren’t compatible, I prefer saving myself the headache. has also been a big lesson to us throughout the years.
*What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
We really want people to understand that we are here to make it worthwhile, to have a good time, and make some amazing memories. We are down to earth, and are super down to do anything crazy!
We are all about capturing the wild candid moments of our lovely couples, and just really love to photograph their love stories, catch their captivating and unlimited amount of love. when you hire us, you get the best of both worlds, David is an introvert and I am a crazy extrovert and both have been on this business path for over 10 years, doing our best to perfect and evolve this incredible art.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Everyone that knows me knows that I love to eat, my mom dice. ” te vas a morir por la boca” I think sometimes that’s true, but what can I say, God created food for us to enjoy it! so if my family members from Venezuela or my buddies from Miami decide to drop down for a visit, needless to say, we are hitting a lot of food spots. Early morning we dropping by @summermooncoffee period, enough said. hands down the best freaking coffee ever! for breakfast depending on what they might want, we can hit a Mexican restaurant like @esperanzas_restaurant on main street Fort Worth, now if they want Venezuelan then we will be visiting @mangosgrill.dfw .Man, now I want some tequeños, y unas empanaditas de carne. Insert little emoji salivating. If it’s the weekend we will also devour some Austin-style brisket from @daynetxbbq .On a different day of the weekend, on our way to visit the gorgeous city of Dallas, we will pass by the Peruvian restaurant in Irving named El Tesoro del Inca, there, we will delight our tastebuds with a Jalea de mariscos, yummmm, please insert another salivating emoji! another food spot that we would most probably hit in the evening after checking out @reuniontower and @klydewarrenpark would be this delicious spot in the heart of Downtown Dallas @corrientes348steakhouse that specializes in Argentinian food, and for sure order the pork ribs, they are so delicious and mouthwatering. I think by now you can see I am a very diverse person down to eat anything and everything that is delicious under the heavens. So yes hopefully after Covid my family and friends can come back and enjoy all that is wonderful in DFW!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Soo many good people, family members, teachers, and close friends who have been supportive building blocks to our creativity and passion. My real catalyst was attending DASH – Design and Architecture Senior High School @dashschools. Thank you for giving me a solid foundation!
I want to personally thank Ms K, her strict ways of teaching, propelled me, to continue to be the best self possible. She taught me industrial design and illustration both of those arts have influenced me greatly. photography has been a different medium in which to expressed them with.
Might seem cliche, but I want to thank my mom and dad, without their support and sacrifice I wouldn’t be where I am at. I can sit here are write a book about everything they have done for me.
Also, my supportive Husband who is now a creative with me and has started to take videography as his medium of choice, can’t wait for him keep progressing and polishing his art, as well as all of the behind the scene, and business aspect.
All of those wonderful friends in the truth that have given us constructive criticism, ya’ll know who y’all are. thanks from the bottom of our hearts. we will forever be learning and continue to welcome those helpful tips humibly.
even though you wouldn’t think so, I wouldn’t be able to function so effortlessly without my @roseanvilcameragear harness it has been my life savior. I know my equipment is safe, close to my body and I can quickly change from focal lens