We had the good fortune of connecting with Sofia Arroyo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sofia, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Ever since I was a child I have always pursued creative outlets. A part of me has always known since I was young, that turning my creative side into my job would lead to my ultimate career satisfaction and happiness. Photography hasn’t always been my preferred art method. But as time has past, I’ve learned to cherish the importance of documenting milestones and special memories. Once I realized that pictures are stronger than the human memory, I came to the realization that I needed to start a business to help others hold onto their beloved moments.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I grew up in Western Massachusetts, and come from a large Latino family. Growing up, my family was that family that would always find the perfect excuse to throw a party! And these family celebrations were some of my best memories. My childhood was spent looking forward to the next life mile-stone and sharing it with the ones I loved most.

The one thing missing from almost all the mile-stones was the right person to capture those moments for us to relive the “good ol’ times”, over-and-over again! Mile-stones are so important, they help highlight our life-story. And that is why the Nikon camera my mom bought me when I was twelve, became a gateway to a much bigger dream of mine. I never fell in love with clicking a button, I fell in love with being able to help others cherish their unforgettable moments for a lifetime.

Since our “two-week” shutdown in 2020, my life has done a complete three-sixty for the better! In the past few years I have moved from Massachusetts to Texas, and then from Texas to California. Throughout that time, my interest in turning my hobby of photography into my career grew stronger. Growing up, I had never considered going into the photography industry. Like any kid, my “dream career” changed often. But one thing all of those interests included was a creative aspect.

Fast forward to April of 2022, Covid is settling down and it seems as though life is slowly starting to fall back into place for everyone. The past few years have been nothing but the strangest turn of events, with the sweetest of outcomes. With the encouragement and support of my husband I took the leap and started my own business. I was beyond scared to take that leap with no business experience at twenty-one years old. But I did my homework, l took classes, read about starting a business and networked with people in photography. I worked hard to launch my business, and before I knew it, I was getting booked, my work got published on a magazine cover, and I got opportunities to travel doing what I love most!

My mission and dream for my photography business is to create an atmosphere that allows my clients to express themselves authentically and produce emotion through pictures organically! Every project I work on, I insist on providing nothing less than absolute satisfaction as though you are re-living the moment all over again! More than ever our society is embracing the importance of documenting memorable moments, because a “two-week” shutdown is never two weeks. Photographing families, mothers-to-be, lovers and entrepreneurs wasn’t where I thought I would be when I was twelve, but I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities and experiences that I’ve received from taking the chance and believing in me.

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?
Naturally, I have always been drawn to very “artsy” locations. The Arts District in Dallas, has always been my go-to location for the perfect day or night! There are so many one of a kind restaurants and storefronts, that you can find things to do for almost any hobby or interest. A very close runner up, is the Stockyards in Fort Worth. The Stockyards is a classic spot to hit for tourist, but it offers a unique experience that just can’t be matched! And luckily, my favorite lunch spot called The Meat Board, isn’t far from it. DFW offers so many activities and places to eat, everybody is guaranteed to find something they’d love to do there!

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?
The support for my business has been overwhelming and I couldn’t be more grateful for that! But there are two specific individuals that have gone above and beyond in helping me succeed and follow my dreams, my mother and husband. They have helped build me and my business from the ground up, and they continue to do so everyday. The love I have for these two individuals has reflected in my business and helped me thrive.

Website: www.sagestudiosbysofia.com

Instagram: Sagestudiosbysofia

Facebook: Sage Studios by Sofia

Other: email: hello@sagestudiosbysofia.com

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Sofia Arroyo @sagestudiosbysofia

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