We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Chávez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m inspired by little moments and genuine connections! I have 5 children so I know all too well how quickly all the things that we enjoy as parents can pass us by. Sweet kisses, little arms wrapped around you, giggles, talks about random favorite things – I incorporate all these things into my sessions to help families disconnect from the world and connect and enjoy one another.
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’ve always loved art. As a kid I did it all from painting and drawing to sculpting with clay from the puddles near my home. Every Christmas and birthday I would ask for a new art set and for a while I wanted to be an animator “when I grew up”. Somewhere along the way I also became fascinated by the medical field and ended up going to college to be a Dietician. While in college I took an elective art history course in which my professor literally begged me to switch my major to art, claiming that with my passion for art I was certainly in the wrong career path as a medical professional. I ended up not completing my Dietetics degree, and though I hoped I would go back to school once I started having children I never got the opportunity. I love being a mother, but I felt as though I also wanted to do something for me, something that I felt would help me to grow as an individual. Interestingly, I found my way back to art through my camera. My story of how I started my business is much like other photographers in that I started taking pictures of my kids and soon other people wanted me to take pictures of theirs and next thing I knew I was starting a business. While that happened quickly, the process of growing as an artist has been a slow, on-going one that I carefully cultivate. As an artist you’re constantly evolving, and while I’ve grown so much from where I started, there is still so much I want to learn and skills that I continuously work to refine. My work is artistic exhibiting rich colors and warm tones, but most importantly emotive. My goal in every session is to truly capture a family’s rhythm and connection as they are. I encourage a lot of fun, but also meaningful conversation within my family sessions that naturally bring about laughter and affection and all the while I’m clickin’ away with my camera. I think clients come to me because when they see my work they FEEL something, something that speaks to them more than just a pretty picture…at least that’s what I hope!
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?
Oh gosh this is a tough one because even though I moved to the Dallas area 3 years ago I still feel like I’m new here, and like I still have so much to discover! So far, I love the whole vibe of Deep Ellum, great restaurants (like Cane Rosso, nom nom!) and just a great overall chill but very lively ambiance. We’d definitely get dessert at Emporium Pies too! I also love the Bishops Art District. So much to see, cool shops, great little eateries (I recommed Gloria’s & Paradiso) and love the ambiance. Bonus, there’s a Salty Donut shop located there – its a must! Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? haha And another place I enjoy is the Downtown Historic District of McKinney, so so so many fun and unique little shops, especially if you’re into vintage, one of a kind home decor shops – I could spend all day 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?
Hands down I would not be where I am today without the encouragement and support of my husband. That may sound uber cheesy, but it’s so true! When I became a stay-home mom he traveled quite a bit for work so I began taking photographs of my baby boy so my husband wouldn’t “miss” anything. I started with a tiny, pink refurbished Sony Cybershot camera that he bought me and each time I showed him the photos he would compliment me, saying how artistic they were and that he couldn’t believe I took them with that tiny camera. For our fifth anniversary he bought me my first DSLR, which I knew was a financial stretch for us, but he told me he believed in me. He believed in me before I believed in myself, and to have someone like that by your side is everything! He continues to support me in building my business and educating myself so I surely could not run a successful business without him.
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