We had the good fortune of connecting with Yuliana Vargas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yuliana, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
My end goal is to leave a legacy for my children. I want people to see my work and see it as a work of art. I want to look back and see through my eyes in my photography, the beauty of all the people I photographed throughout the years. Professionally, of course, I want to be successful and be able to do my photography full time. More than that, I want to give people hope with my art.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
This is my second year since beginning my photography business and I would say being myself is what sets me apart from others the most. I try my best to stay true to what I love and create shoots that make me inspired or that I know will make others feel a moment of magic. Giving my clients the best experience possible and giving it one hundred percent is always my number one goal. Getting here has not being easy, I have faced many challenges. One of my biggest challenges has been trying to keep my business surviving and thriving in the middle of a pandemic. I was right in the middle of making the huge transition of going from part time to full time as a photographer and I was forced to put it on hold. I have learned through this experience, as many small business have, to support fellow small businesses as much as you can. I have been blessed to meet a lot of amazing people through these two amazing years in this industry. I would want the world to know that I’m a small business survivor and I will continue to give it all that I have. All that God brought me through to be able to share with you the story of making it through quarantine in the beginning of 2020, I am grateful for it. This has been one of my proudest moments as a photographer to reach out and send a message to the world of hope. I want people to see my brand as genuine, authentic, and inspiring.
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.
Houston it’s a versatile city there is a little bit of everything. Different cultures and lots of yummy foods to try from. Of course, I will say Mexican food is my favorite. You can find the most authentic Mexican food in hidden places like street tacos are the best after a night of dancing. One popular restaurant to visit is Ninfa’s. It has been bringing hungry Houstonians killer Tex-Mex since 1973. There’s is a woman that works there making handmade flour tortillas by the dozen and people return year after year without eating the same thing twice—there are that many options. Fajitas, enchiladas, tacos al carbon. You name it– they’ve got it, and it’s likely the best in town. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Houston’s nightlife scene. Whether you’re looking for high-energy dance clubs, Texas honky tonks, action-packed sports pubs, or low-key wine bars, there’s something for every taste. There are also numerous nightlife districts to explore, including Downtown, Midtown, Montrose, Washington Avenue and Rice Village. I would recommend a visit to Galveston beach close by there is so much history to learn there. We could take the ferry to watch dolphins, have dinner by the water ,visit our Aquarium ,Rainforest, or Pleasure pier for some amusement fun. Another place to visit I would suggest would be Brazos State Park to spend a day there exploring and enjoying nature. When you’re ready to eat you can visit one of our top barbeque restaurants . My favorite closer to home are Longhorn and Texas road house. Lastly we could visit the Galleria for some shopping and end it with dinner at one of my favorite Italian restaurant, Grottos. One thing I have come to learn is that the most exciting people are those who serve our city and make it so great!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
One of my biggest supporters has been my husband. He is the one that pushes me, reminds me of my purpose and helps me every chance he gets. He is always ready to do whatever it takes to make our business grow. I’m grateful for his patience and love he has for me. My friends, my family, my sisters who have also supported me through it all, helping me brainstorm new ideas giving me words of encouragement and a helping hand when I need it. Big shout out to one of my mentors who has helped me so much,Tori Artist. You have been so much help, I’m grateful for you, thank you for your patience, time ,support and teachings.To all my friend’s I love you all! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me share my business, liking and supporting me through it all. I’m beyond blessed to have an amazing support system. That love me and cheer me on.