Today we're here with Denisse, who is an award-winning and internationally published photographer / content creator. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Huffpost, Refinery 29 The Knot and more! In addition to photography, she is a content creator and partners with several large companies on a regular basis.
Thanks for joining us, let's start from the top. Tell us a little bit about your story, how you got started and where you are today.
I worked as a waiter in NYC for art galleries in Chelsea. One night a photograph of a thumb sold for $75k. It made me so upset that I was making $7.25 an hour while things like that were being sold for exaggerated amounts of money. So I quit my job, bought a camera and made all of my friends pose for me. Years later, after a lot of practice, I have had the opportunity to be published in Vogue, Elle, Latina Magazine, People and many more.
I've been a photographer for about 9 years.and have also been blogging. Most recently I've grown known for my award winning Street Style photography. That led me to work exclusively with bloggers, which has allowed me to travel all over the world and has inspired me to document my life as well. So, here we are.
Has it been a smooth journey? If not, what have been some of the challenges along the way?
I think some of the biggest struggles have been the over-saturation in the industry I work in. Struggling to prove myself as a Woman, and a Woman of Color. So having to work three times as hard, if not more, only to sometimes get paid half of what a white man would be paid for the same job is very frustrating. But you show up and you do the work and you grow.
That seems like quite the challenge. Would you say this is your biggest challenge at the moment?
Absolutely! Getting the word out is the hardest part but we're making great traction and have been featured on a number of sites.
You’ve obviously worked very hard and have been able to find success through a crowded space. What would you say is your biggest challenge at the moment?
Focusing is a big challenge for me. Being consistent and not comparing myself to other people who work in the same space.
We all know consistency is key and can be the deciding factor for success. How do you stay motivated?
Creating content wasn't enough for me. I wanted to help others create their own content and elevate their personal brands. It's important to develop your own voice and my 10+ years of experience in the blogging community and the photography community have allowed me to do just that!
The CNCPTS Notebook has also helped with my focus and consistency. Which has given me more time to invest in my creativity and do my own thing vs comparing what I haven't done to what other people have done.
What are some of your goals for the upcoming year and where do you want to see your business go?
I have a lot of personal goals for the year as I've been focusing more on that part of my life and not really the business part. So I think a big goal for me is to take more time to be a human.
Ah, that’s very important too. It’s very easy to get completely immersed with our business and forget the personal aspects of life. I guess we just have to remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Do you expect the CNCPTS Notebook can help you accomplish those goals?
Absolutely, I am a generally organized person, but I have adult ADD so finding a system that works for me has been difficult. CNCPTS helps a lot because it compartmentalizes the perfect stations I need in order to function. I get more done and I'm more on top of things. I don't double book anymore (YAY) lol. I can prioritize the things that need to be done and take the rest of the time I have left over to focus on my personal life.
Awesome, those are great goals. How can folks learn more about your work?
Thanks again for your time Denisse. It was great speaking with you. We can't wait to see what else you got in store for the rest of the year.
Today we're here with Jon Yao, who is the head chef at the highly acclaimed Kato restaurant in Los Angeles, California. He's been featured in Forbes (30 Under 30), GQ (Best New Restaurant), Michelin Guide, Food and Wine, Eater LA (Essential 38). The list goes on - most recently named #1 Restaurant of 2019 by The Los Angles Times.