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

Hi Klare, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I had always wanted to pursue photography full-time but the timing was never quite right. I always thought to myself, “It’s going to be financially difficult.”, “I’m not ready”, “I still have to do A,B, & C, before I can start.” or, “What if I can’t do it?”. So many doubts constantly crossed my mind. Towards the end of 2019 I was able to get a studio space and it got people really excited to hire me. Work was consistent and I finally felt like a “professional”. Closer to the holidays I had decided that maybe having a successful turnout with the studio space was a sign that I was ready and if I put more time into my work it could really go somewhere and I could do this for a living. I knew that if I didn’t start now, then when? That year in December I put in my 2 weeks at my job of 5 years and pursued photography. It’s been almost a year and half later and I haven’t looked back. I really believe that if you want something bad enough, everything will work out for you.

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.
My work mostly focuses on portrait and fashion photography. When I see work from other photographers that shoot similar things, I think what sets me apart from them is my editing style and the way I shoot people. I really love the look of analog photography as well so I always try to incorporate that style into my work. In the beginning of the year I was hired to shoot my first cover for a major magazine in my city. It was surreal to see my work in the stands all over the city at major grocery stores where thousands of people go everyday. Having that experience got me really excited to push my work even farther this year to see what level I can get it to next. Getting where I am today professionally was definitely a journey. It really is all about trial and error. My first year of working full-time I listened to so many podcasts, read blogs about running a creative business, and figuring out what resources work best for my type of work. Nothing is easy at first, and I still have a long way to go. You have to go through some things to figure out what works best for you. Understanding your value is so important too, setting personal goals, and not comparing yourself to others definitely helped me along the way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anywhere with great tacos, wine, or beer. I love going to the McNay museum, walking around plant stores, and going downtown by Hemisphere park to people watch. Most of the time I’m a major homebody but one of my favorite things to do is drive around the city and just find new places and seeing where I end up.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I really couldn’t pursue my dream without the love and support of my husband and family. Having your own business can be really difficult at times and having people around you that respect what you do and understand why your doing it is really important for your success.

Website: https://www.klareperez.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/klareperez

Facebook: https://facebook.com/klareperez

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