We had the good fortune of connecting with Denalyn Perez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denalyn, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work, Life, how do you balance it? Those who know me know that I’m always busy. If I’m not at work, I’m at church, if I’m not at church, I’m out shooting. Photography has been my “side job” for about five years now. I’ve had a full time job, and after work, and on weekends is when I book sessions. When I’m finally at home, you can catch me sitting in front of my laptop, editing the night away. You could say this balance is what converted me into a caffeine addict. I promise you, I cannot remember the last day I went without consuming caffeine. In the midst of all the business, I still make sure to take some time off to spend it with my family and my close friends. I am an ambivert, depending on the situation I find myself in, I could either be completely extroverted, or introverted. I love being with my people, and getting loud, but I also love a day in, snuggled up in bed, with a book, or a movie. I have learned that if I don’t get a “break” here and there, I get completely stressed out, to the point of not being productive. Making sure I keep that balance even, definitely helps me out, in the moment and in the long run.
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.
What I love about my art is that I love capturing raw moments. I’m not huge on pose photography, I’ll tell you to simply walk, look at those with you, laugh, just be present in the moment, ignore me, and I’ll capture the beautiful moments. It’s taken a lot of pushing myself out of my comfort zone to get to where I am at today. There have been opportunities that I was too scared to step into, but once I decided to take that leap of faith, I felt as if all this time, I was keeping myself tied to a certain limit. Once I took that jump, I felt limitless. There are many photographers today, but not that many get to capture the raw affection and love, and I am one of those whose goal is to achieve just that.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?
Houston, it offers so much! We would start off early in the morning and make our way to Harry’s for breakfast. After that, we would head to the museum district, check out the Houston Fine Arts Museum, and also the Musuem of Natural Science. Once we’ve walked all of that, we would head on over to a local coffee shop, most likely The Black Hole, unless you want something aesthetically pleasing, then we’d head on over to Siphon Coffee. Why coffee? Well, if you know me, you know I cannot survive without caffeine, and what better way than an afternoon boost. After coffee, we would head on over to The Goode Co. for some killer barbecue sandwiches. After feeding off of sandwiches, we would go to Discovery Green, and just walk some in downtown. Oh, did I mention? I have my camera on me, so I tend to get some shots of my friends when we hang out. And that basically sums up a day in Houston with Denalyn.
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?
I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for my parents, who also happen to be my pastoral leaders. Their sacrifices, the foundations they have laid for me, without them, I would not be who I am.