We had the good fortune of connecting with Yancy Villatoro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yancy, how do you think about risk?
For me, risk is necessary in life; living in your comfort zone or the ordinary won’t allow one to develop to see if you can accomplish the goals you thought you weren’t capable of. Without risk, you will never reach your true potential.
I have taken risk in my life from the moment I left home chasing dreams, with my now husband of 27 years, to the recent when we relocated to Houston (3 years ago) – an unknown place and market. In that opportunity risk my talent emerged.
Photography, even though it’s been present in my entire life due to a mother who is a retired photographer, didn’t become my passion until 2011. So, I took the risk and left stable employment to pursue a full-time career; the result being where I am today. If I hadn’t taken the risk, I would not know the impact of my newest passion.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
1- I am a portrait, maternity and new born photographer. I feel that through my art I am capturing and seizing the moments of life. There is nothing like reliving the moment captured by the lens as the years move on.
2- What sets me apart is I craft the use of light to bring ordinary sessions into dimensional wonders. I consider my self a light chaser
3- I am most proud that at the end of the day, I and my clients become extended family. Many return and ask me to bring to life seemingly ordinary or special moments – a birthday, a prom, a wedding, or an intimate expression of a couple. They feel the trust and confidence from me to invite me into their life.
4- My professional path was not easy. It took education, continual learning, trying things – some worked, some did not. I learned how to use social media to attract clientele. I took classes to learn the business side too. Perseverance in tough times to not give up.
5- Lessons learned include being flexible and patient with people. To listen respectfully and engage the client so they relax to allow their dream to emerge from the heart. Always, always stay humble
6- For creatives, I say to discover what’s your passion and then pursue it. Find your niche and perfect your art. I am not afraid to take risks but I go to God with my desires knowing that it will all work out. As Thomas Kincaid is to art, I would like my style to be known as the Kinkcaid of photography, I am a light chaser.
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?
My husband, my son, my mother, and my siblings.
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