We had the good fortune of connecting with Marc Garza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marc, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
The term “work-life balance” has taken on a new meaning ever since the inception of my company, Marc Garza Media. The lines between work and life are very blurred when your passion makes up the foundation of your career. I truly enjoy the dynamic nature of photography and videography as well as the technical aspects. Even projects I do for fun can end up as portfolio pieces. My photography is an integral part of my life and I’m excited to see what’s next.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Very early on I realized I not only needed the passion for photography but also the skills. I searched for information all over the internet, book stores, peers, and most importantly I practiced a lot. I used my phone for years learning the basics of composition, and training my eye to see photos. I spent countless hours watching YouTube tutorials and listening to podcasts about photography and business. Over the years my skills improved and my gear also got better. Having extremely supportive friends and family who believe in what I do always kept me going when I was feeling exhausted and down. Patience and courage were essential for getting through the slow beginning of starting a business.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The architecture of Houston is amazing, both downtown and the Texas Medical Center feature some beautiful buildings. You must get Luigi’s Pizza and hang out in the hammocks at Axel Rad [after covid] Another pizza stop is Frank’s Pizza downtown, open late after you enjoy some of the nightlife in the area. Hermann Park is iconic and is a short walk from the museum district where you can find exhibits for both art and science. Memorial Park is along the bayou and has many art installations along your walk or jog. I can go on and on about food but it is up to you to find your favorites!
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 am very grateful for my friends who have helped tremendously in getting my business off the ground and into something tangible, without you I wouldn’t have even had a camera. You guys have been there from day 1 and we’ll keep going. My family always supports me in my newest endeavor….and there have been quite a few. Without your encouragement and patience, I would not be where I am now. My beautiful wife, who is not only my favorite model but also enabled me to pursue something I was passionate about. You saw something in me and my efforts that I did not. You gave me the courage to completely go down a different path, even when I wanted to give up you let me see the light at the end. Thank you all for believing in me.
Ayesha Khan [model] Cory Mescon [model] Yasmin Chebaro [model] Damon Wells [model] Makayla Wells [model] Marc Garza [model and photographer]