We had the good fortune of connecting with Belinda Hernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Belinda, why did you pursue a creative career?
It’s always been a hobby to capture special moments of life and people’s facial expressions, Never thought I would be “a photographer”. 10 years ago I invested in my first DSLR camera kit, I became involved in photo groups and photography organizations and learned the dslr camera. I connected with professional photographers, attended photography workshops and learned as much as I could with free and paid online support.
I love capturing people’s smiles and happiness cause you can’t get that same moment ever again. I’m able to capture different angles, see things differently thru the camera lens and people are able to see different stories thru my photos. Over the years, with family, friends and repeat clients, you learn that everyone appreciates those special and past memories and fun events.
I’ve been introduced to so many people and visited so many new places. I enjoy working closely and capturing happy moments in people’s lives. I love sharing my photos with others and my experiences at a new place or people I just met. Working with the Houston community, and local businesses allows me to do that.
When technology evolves, so do I. A few years ago I added photo booth rentals, thanks to my daughter, Alexis who saw the potential and need to buy the Mirror Photo booth. Even with the photo booths, I’m so excited to capture priceless moments in people’s lives at weddings, quinceañeras, parties and fun events.
When you’re doing something you enjoy, I would hardly call it work. It’s a rewarding feeling to present a collection of photos to a client of the happiest moment of their life.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Starting a business is not easy, you continuously learn and adapt to new technology and what currently happening around you for example Covid happened, and events and business stopped. What has helped me throughout the years is having a network of other photographer and photo booth owners. Houston is the 4th largest and diversified city in the nation, we are over saturated with photographers and photo booth owners, but I have learned there is enough business for everyone. I’m always networking and helping out organizations where I can. I am involved with supporting other women in business, marketing groups, Latin and small businesses owners, Houston networking, photo booth online communities and much more, the list goes on.
I want people to recognize me and know that I was involved in the Houston community, helped and organized, captured people and stories and hopefully my photographs touched people’s hearts for years to come.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston is a fun filled city! There is so much cultural attractions to see in H Town! If I had a friend visiting, we would start in Galveston. It’s 50 miles away from Houston, You’ll get to enjoy the sand and see seagulls flying above the water. Head over to The Strand, where you will find historic buildings and you’ll see some amazing architecture, boutique shops, seafood restaurants, entertainment and the railroad museum. Then we will head over to Pleasure Pier, this is there the kid in you comes out. Pleasure Pier has so many rides over the water. It’s like a mini amusement park with a horse carousel, roller coasters, food venues and retail shops to grab those seashell souvenirs. We can walk or ride bikes on the seawall, hear the waves and find seashells in the sand.
Coming back in to Houston, we would stop in Houston’s east side for a cultural experience. Navigation Esplanade has just been redesigned for residents and visitors to visit farmer’s markets, restaurants, events and vendors. You enjoy a bit of Texas history and culture with iron works and rail road industry and Spanish art along the pavestone, murals and rustic terrazo.
After some shopping, enjoy the tasty mexican cuisine at Ninfa’s on Navigation. This is the first and original restaurant with Houston’s iconic legend, Mamma Ninfa. She moved to Houston with her husband to start a new life and business. Ninfa became a symbol of the city’s growing diversity and the opportunity for people who hadn’t always had opportunities here. She remains a powerful image in Houston.
Next and final destination would be Discovery Green, can you tell I enjoy the outdoors? This park is centrally located in Downtown, 11 acres of hills, grass, playgrounds, concert stage and more. Every month somethings new is featured, Outdoor concerts, light exhibits, 3D sculptures, winter ice skating, hot air balloons and more. You can always find something trilling and exciting in Houston.
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?
A little goes a long way! I could not be where I’m at without the love and support of my family! I’ve only known Raul Lopez a few years, but he is my backbone and biggest supporter. When he met me, he didn’t know what he was in for. He is my labor of love, and I truly appreciate him. My children, Alexis and Xavier, both have young entrepreneuristic minds and help out when needed. My parents are my biggest supporters, they show up to my events, make sure we take a picture together and share my posts and stories on social media.
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Photo Credit: Paul Carrizales | American Prestige Photography