We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think the most important factor behind my success is the support that I have always had. Like most creatives I can be very insecure about my work to the point where I question if photography is even something I should be pursuing. Without the support of my family, my boyfriend, and my best friends, I know I might have given up this career a while back. Each of them has taught me that the only validation I will ever need is from myself. If my art makes me happy then it doesn’t matter what any one else thinks about it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think one of the things I am most proud of with my work is how far I have come in 4 years. My learning process to some could be considered slow, but it’s really just me going at my own pace. To get were I am today was not easy. Most of the challenges I faced when I started I still face today. One being, knowing my worth. In addition to doing portraits and artistic like shoots, I also do things like family photos, senior photos, engagement shoots, etc… For a long time I would do these shoots for free because I didn’t believe my work was worth anything more than a few likes on my Instagram page. I overcame this with the support of the many people I mentioned before who always pushed me to believe that my work was worth more than what I believed. I learned a lot in the last 4 years, one thing being to accept that not every client will see my work the way that I do. Whether or not a client liked my work, I learned to appreciate the experience I gained while taking photos for them. If there is one thing I want anyone to take away from my story, is that I am still learning, and so is everyone else in this medium as well as other mediums. You can be a professional, and know so much, but there is always something to learn, and that’s just what we are all doing here, learning and showing the world our process.
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 is more than just what people see in tourist magazines. What you don’t see in those famous attractions, is the small art markets, galleries, the family owned food trucks and restaurants, and the local entertainment. The first place I would take someone is the graffiti park on Leeland St. You haven’t been to Houston till you have taken a photo in front of our famous ‘Sky’s The Limit’ piece. Many local Houston artists get the opportunity to throw something up on one of these walls and it makes for an awesome experience and great photos. Some days, there are small markets hosted at this location, where you can meet a lot of local Houston artists. As for eating, I would take them to this food truck in Rice Village called Oh My Gogi, that serves Mexican-Korean fusion food. My best friend Iris showed them to me a few years ago, and to this day it’s one of our favorite spots to grab food. Although it is not in Houston, I would take them to Galveston Island. Everyone from Houston has been there at least once in their life, it’s like the quick getaway place for a 3 day weekend.
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 would first like to thank my sister and business partner Angel Ramirez, who is the other half of our event hosting business that we call Assorted Chaos. I would also like to thank my sister Charlene Munoz, my parents Carlos and Benita Ramirez, and all of my close friends and family who have consistently supported me by asking me to take photos for them as well as always recommending me to their friends when it comes to getting photos done. I would also like to thank my boyfriend Isaacc Palacios who not only supports my work, but always pushes me to have more faith and confidence in myself and what I do.
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