Interview with photographer Eli Acuna

Acuna Photography

I have been blessed to grow up in a family with strong role models. My father being an immigrant from Mexico and not speaking the language has taught me strong values that no one can ever take from me.

Tell us about yourself and what you do
To my daughters, I’m a super hero who can freeze time. Technically, as a photographer, I do. My wife and I are genuinely proud to help create lasting memories for our clients through the art of freezing time: professional photography. My family and I live in Tyler, TX and we travel wherever our work takes us. As a family based business, my wife and I frequently travel together for photo shoots all over Texas and Louisiana.

Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I have been blessed to grow up in a family with strong role models. My father being an immigrant from Mexico and not speaking the language has taught me strong values that no one can ever take from me. He taught me that anything is achievable if you work for it and to always put God at the center of my life plans. My mother always taught me love and to respect others. There a thing about her that I can just get close to her and I feel like I’m at home. I had the privilege to have amazing grandparents and uncles that didn’t hesitate to correct me when I was wrong. I also can say that I look up to my oldest sister and brother because they have always been there for me and have taught me to never give up on your dreams.

What is your greatest achievement so far?
I have had some remarkable achievements that I am definitely very proud of. I have worked for great companies in my short adult life and had great managers and mentors. For example Apple, Coca-cola and Konica Minolta, but non have giving me that satisfaction that I have received working for myself. Starting my own Photography company has been my greatest achievement in my professional life. In my personal is having two beautiful daughters ant now being married to my best friend and partner.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
The only advice I can give is to work hard and to do what you love. Starting a photography business is not just about taking pictures. You need to know business, sales, marketing and customer service. So if you don’t have a passion for photography, this can get old really fast. You need to have vision and dream big, that’s the first step. Then you wake up and take action and turn your dream into a reality.

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