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Meet Wendy Alas of Wendy Alas Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Alas.

Wendy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
While growing up in Guatemala (where I’m originally from), I developed a knack and a passion for the arts. I was always curious, adventurous, and never afraid to take risks, and my parents always encouraged me to invest time in my creativity.

After moving to the U.S., some of these creative skills were put on hold so I could pursue general academic studies. It was during a volunteering trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic at the age of 16, that I discovered a new creative passion: storytelling photography! My goal has always been to capture the richness of people and culture and all the decisive moments of life and love that will last a lifetime.

During the past twelve years, I’ve had the pleasure of professionally photographing many weddings, engagements, and wonderful family moments. I’ve also had many fortunate opportunities to participate in local and international photographic and visual communication jobs and documentary projects.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road! I would say that one of the biggest struggles have been to not be able to invest as much in my photo gear sooner, finding my own unique style that separates me from the rest, and lastly keeping up to date with digitally marketing in social media.

Acquiring all the needed professional gear I own today was a very slow process for me due to the fact that when I graduated from college in 2005 right before the crash, I wasn’t having much luck finding a job or any work, so I got off on a really slow start shooting for other wedding photography studios, not getting paid enough to support myself, while trying to pay for student loans. Not being able to invest on better DSLR’s and lenses was very hard for me.

And since I’m super tech savvy – knew there was so much equipment out there that I knew how to use, and could improve the quality of my work very easily, if only I had means to afford it! It wasn’t until maybe 5 years ago that I began to acquire all the equipment I needed. Aside from one camera body, one Speedlite and a 50mm lens, I used to rent everything on borrowlenses.com.

Investing time in social media or any type of digital marketing is very important nowadays. There is so much competition out there. It is a work in progress that one has to dedicate time to daily- either by blogging, posting an image on Instagram, uploading new work in my website and giving images the proper hashtags.

Wendy Alas Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a professional photographer in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, that provides high-quality headshots, family portraits and wedding photographic services with a photojournalistic, soft, colorful and whimsical vibe.

I’m known for my unintrusive, organic and natural approach to capturing meaningful, happy, loving and intimate candid moments in a creative style while being personable at the same time- “the friendly fly in the wall” for lack of a better word (or phrase?).

I am proud to be an independent photographer who is able to work with people from all walks of life. I have worked with clients from many different cultures, backgrounds, orientations and religions. I’ve always been very fascinated with people and their stories, so it’s inevitable that being able to adapt to work in a variety of scenarios comes naturally to me.

My work and the great feedback from my clients has always inspired me to be open and continue to welcome diversity in my work.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proud moment(s) have always been to deliver new and unique great images resulting in totally happy clients. Which is funny because you would think that having your work published or winning awards should be it (of course those are nice moments to be proud of too), but I would say that my proudest moment has been to help other creatives find success or succeed with awesome images I’ve taken for them. I’m proud of my work, and proud for them as well.

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