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Fotógrafo Laura Otoya

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Cartagena, Colombia 

6 años en MyWed
Hablo inglés, español
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Entrevista

  • ¿Es usted fotogénico(a)?

    Only whenever I'm not faking my smile ;)

  • ¿Cómo empezó a trabajar en la industria de fotografía?

    I had always loved taking photos as a hobby but had no real knowledge on the subject. I was working at Citibank in one of those "dream jobs" that everyone wants only when they don't have it... I couldn't sleep, I dreamed with workflow diagrams (REALLY!) and I felt I just needed an escape. I bought my first semipro camera and registered into La Salle College. I took two courses and was just hooked, but never thought of pursuing photography as a career. After two years I met Gustavo (my fiancé and business partner) and since we both loved photography we took our cameras everywhere. Our friends began telling us that we took awesome photos and we should think about making it more than a hobby. We began investigating and went to a few weddings as second shooters until we felt ready to take on the responsibility on our own. We are both currently full time wedding photographers!

  • ¿En su opinión, cuáles son los elementos más importantes de una buena fotografía?

    Moment, emotion, light and composition.

  • ¿Le gusta viajar?

    I absolutely love to travel and hope to be able to see and photograph the world!

  • ¿Qué le gusta más de su profesión?

    Every wedding implies an emotional surge that renews me. I absolutely enjoy getting to know every client, helping and providing any assessment they may need, before and during their wedding day. We have made quite a few new friends thanks to this profession!

  • ¿Qué le gusta menos de su profesión?

    There is way to much envy and nasty competition only based on pricing. Thankfully we have met a few collegues that share our view of being more human and friendly than competitive.

  • ¿Cuál será el futuro de la fotografía?

    Brides and grooms who previously made the mistake of thinking "I have a friend who owns a professional camera" or "My uncle Bob will take care of the photos" or "I found a photographer who is INCREDIBLY cheaper than you" or even "my friend who takes photos for National Geographic offered to take my photos at no charge" are now alarming their own friends and suggesting they should invest in a profesional and experienced wedding photographer. Clients are beginning to realize that investing millions in flowers it not worth it if you don't at least have good photos to remember them by. So... the future? I'd say its just bound to be brighter every day!

  • ¿Qué tiene de especial el género fotográfico en que trabaja?

    The emotional component in the atmosphere that you can feel, capture and relive. As well as the amount of detail and effort that you know was put into making the day perfect... and knowing that you (or us in my case) are the ones responsible for making the couple and their family and friends be able to remember even more than what they were actually able to see.

  • ¿Cómo gestiona las críticas?

    I try to receive it in a constructive way in order to improve. I would actually enjoy receiving more constructive criticism from colleagues.

  • ¿Existe alguna tendencia en la fotografía?

    I think there are several trends (some in fashion, others not so much) regarding the way you approach a wedding and there are also trends in the way images are edited and post-processed. None better than others, just different.

  • ¿Qué criterios debería tener en cuenta una persona a la hora de elegir a un fotógrafo?

    I believe they should just love their style and approach on weddings and feel connected and confident about their choice. If there is any reason to doubt, rethink.

  • ¿Qué no está permitido de ningún modo cuando realiza una fotografía?

    Hmm... chewing gum? Wearing high heels? I don't know I guess anything that would be uncomfortable for your clients, their guests or even yourself.

  • ¿Qué detalles que normalmente no tenemos en cuenta puede un fotógrafo captar?

    I would say the actions (emotional connection and complicity) between the bride and groom and the actions and reactions of the guests to whatever is going on. Practice makes us better observers in time.

  • ¿Qué influye en el valor de una fotografía? ¿Cuáles son sus elementos?

    I believe in wedding photography there is value only when the photo is actually valuable for someone. The emotional component in the photo can make it even more valuable, and to some viewers, more or even less beautiful. You may have taken a photo that is your favorite of all times, but if the bride and groom divorce, the photo will have no value whatsoever to them and will loose sense even for you. You may take a regular portrait of the groom with his grandmother and then find out that grandma passed a few months after... that photo is invaluable to him and very valuable to you, but may be of no value to others. So elements? I guess the main one would be love.

  • En su opinión, ¿qué persona podría ser un símbolo del siglo XXI?

    There's still more than 80 years left in the century lets give it more time ;)

  • ¿A quién le gustaría fotografiar?

    Happy and enamoured brides and grooms.

  • ¿Tiene tabúes profesionales?

    Nothing that I would consider a taboo comes to mind at the moment.

  • ¿Con quién le gustaría fotografiar?

    There are a few renown wedding photographers that I would love to learn from and see, but I believe I already shoot with my favorite person in the world.

  • ¿Qué le preocupa y por qué?

    I think I worry about the future that is meant to the following generations. I just see hatred, destruction and evil everywhere.

  • ¿Cuál ha sido el momento más impactante de su vida?

    Hmmm first thing that comes to mind was my engagement, it was at night on Charles Bridge in Prague with the view the Prague Castle. Totally surprising, romantic and impressive!

  • Si fuera un personaje de animación, literario o cinematográfico, ¿quién le gustaría ser y por qué?

    Captain Planet. I would just love to have the power to "bring pollution down to zero".

  • ¿Quién le inspira en su vida y por qué?

    My fiancé and my family. They are motors in my life and I want to always see them happy.

  • ¿Cómo definiría el éxito? ¿Cómo lo mide?

    Being able to live happily, peacefully and freely. Finding the joy in everything you do (specially for a living), and enjoying both the simple and the complex.

  • ¿Qué prefiere, gustar o sentirse respetado?

    Liked. I'd say most people that like you will respect you anyway. If respect is only a manifestation of hypocrisy, in the long run you inspire nothing.

  • ¿Cuál es el mayor error que ha cometido en su trabajo?

    Hmm... I once sent an album off for printing and when I received it I realized that the bride had a black smudge on her cheek in the photo of the kiss. I went to look at the original photo and when I zoomed in I discovered that the black smudge was actually a huge mosquito. Of course I had to send it back and pay for the correction. I now zoom in to anything that I'm not so sure is a mole.

  • Cuando va de viaje, ¿qué lleva consigo y por qué?

    A very good smartphone. It holds all important information, allows you to use GPS applications, access the internet, communicate with loved ones and take (good-enough) daytime photos and video. I've never had to travel without additionally taking my camera but it ends up being "too much" when all you need is a selfie or a fellow tourist that can actually take a photo that is in focus.

  • ¿Se arrepiente de alguno de los gadgets que ha comprado? ¿Por qué?

    While you learn what is truly important you spend on things you think you need. I would totally take back a few backdrops that I bought expecting to have extra time during the week to do lots of newborn photography. Whenever I need a backdrop I use different alternatives anyway.

  • ¿Cómo se forma para tomar las mejores imágenes?

    "Practice makes the master” and I do feel I learn more with every wedding we shoot. However we try to find time to do at least one professional workshop every year, read and investigate ways to improve and perfect technical knowledge, follow and analyze photos taken by other colleges (not only weddings), take online courses and watch good movies.

  • ¿A quién pertenece el trabajo que le ha influenciado más como fotógrafo?

    Susan Stripling.

  • ¿Cuál es la única cosa que desearía haber sabido cuando comenzó a tomar fotografías?

    No matter how much effort you put into a photo or how much heart you involve in making the image the best, "beauty still is in the eye of the beholder". You just can't suffer or take it personal if in the end it doesn't even make the photo album.

  • ¿Qué desea decir con sus fotografías?

    I just want my images to speak for themselves.

  • ¿Qué le motiva a continuar tomando imágenes?

    The value that so many clients give to our work and the fact that the value of many of them will increase even more during time. Reading the testimonial section in our blog is a permanent motivation!

  • ¿Cree que sus padres deberían haber sido más o menos estrictos?

    They did their best and surely made mistakes like every parent, but bottom line is I always felt loved. I think they should have been just like they were because that's what has made me the person I am today.

  • ¿Si pudiera volver atrás en el tiempo, qué haría de forma diferente?

    I would have spent less on the unnecessary and more on experiences and travel.

  • ¿Qué piensa de la vida en otros planetas?

    Seriously? NASA will surely answer this one better than I can.

  • ¿Quiénes son sus héroes?

    I have considered my father my hero for as long as I can remember. Total admiration <3

  • ¿Por quién no siente respeto?

    People who treat you like crap just because they think they are in a "higher" place than you are.

  • ¿Qué hace en su tiempo libre?

    I try to spend more quality time with my friends and family. If there is singing involved, better yet!

  • ¿Cuál es su lado desconocido que la gente nunca quiere ver?

    Depends on the public... I am very sensitive but I don't show it much. A few wedding vows and speeches have made me cry in "public" recently.

  • ¿Cuándo está complemente satisfecho de su trabajo?

    Whenever we receive a call or message from the bride and groom expressing how happy they are with their photos.

  • ¿Cree en los roles tradicionales de hombres y mujeres?

    I was born in a very traditional household but believe roles have changed for justifiable reasons.

  • ¿Hace amigos con facilidad?

    I consider myself a friendly person but I am not very good at being in contact with everybody. I've always hated spending hours on the phone (not even as a teenager that I actually tried). My true friends know they can count on me and I'm always there even if we don't see or speak to each other often.

  • ¿Dónde le gustaría vivir?

    A retirement in the Rosario Islands in Cartagena would be a dream come true. In the meantime I prefer to be someplace where I can travel for both work and pleasure easily. Bogotá is ideal in this case.

  • ¿Cuál es la cosa más estúpida que ha aceptado hacer?

    Go Bungee Jumping off a 130 meter viaduct near Cajamarca, Colombia.

  • ¿Hay vida después del matrimonio?

    If I didn't think so I wouldn't be getting married!

  • ¿Tiene un chiste favorito? Cuéntenoslo.

    I am so bad at jokes I can never remember any.

  • ¿Le gustan los perros o los gatos?

    Both!!

  • ¿A quién o qué odia?

    Hypocrisy and superficiality.

  • Lo mejor de su vida es:

    Having enough reasons to smile and laugh often.

  • Lo más molesto de su vida es:

    When you just feel 24 hour days aren't enough and there is nothing you can do about it.

  • ¿Hay algo a su alrededor que le gustaría cambiar?

    Nope, just go with the flow.

  • ¿Qué le gustaría cambiar de usted mismo?

    I would be a little less stubborn and a little more wild.

  • ¿Qué le gustaría cambiar del mundo?

    Lack of love, indifference, injustice, misery, envy and resentment.

  • ¿Podría ofrecer algunos consejos a los fotógrafos que empiezan?

    Start off as second shooters while you truly learn the dynamic of wedding photography... and don't just do it for the money.

  • Si los extraterrestres llegaran a la Tierra y fuera la primera persona que encontraran, ¿qué les diría?

    I'd probably just stare (or hide) and be totally incapable of communication. Unless they look like ET.

  • Si le llamaran como fotógrafo de una película, ¿a qué género pertenecería?

    Drama – hopefully taking place in an inspiring city like Prague.

  • Mañana voy a hacer...

    Tomorrow is saturday... take a wild guess!?