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Meet Raquel Rivera

Today we’d like to introduce you to Raquel Rivera.

Raquel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Ever since I was a child, I was involved in different forms of arts like piano, painting & theater. Later in my life, while I was in college, I had an art class in my first semester, where I discovered photography. The first time a camera touched, my hands I knew instantly that it was the perfect expression of an art form that matched my personality and where I could express myself. Now, it has been more than 12 years ago, since I been photographing and capturing photos in different areas and making photography my life profession. I made photography my profession because I’m passionate about it and the only way to become good at something in life is by doing it all the time, so I decided to do it full time.

Photography has been great to me, it allows me to meet so many people, have great experiences, be part of people lives in every season, travel to so many nice places nationally and internationally and it allows me to enjoy life in ways I never imagine. I am grateful for that!

I got where I am today because I always think and dream big for my life. I believe I have a purpose to fulfill in this word and the better I do every day, the closer I get to my goal.

I feel that I’m going in the right direction as I supposed to, with the right people and on the right time. I think I’m taking myself through this journey doing the best I can by serving people, learning, growing and enjoying life. I’m passionate about living life and photography to me is one of the best places to be because while I’m shooting I can be myself, be happy and forget about everything else and I love it!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
A struggle is that I need to keep up with all the new that is out there, I push myself hard to learn something new every day. Everything around me teaches me something new. Photography is an art that you need inspiration and creativity while preparing, doing or editing a photo shoot. I get inspired by music, theater, filming, crafting, visual arts, and expressions. I always make sure I’m producing better results every time. I’m constantly observing what is going around me and finding ways to put in action the things I see and learn.

Another of the struggles has been being a photographer, wife and a mother. I have to push myself with the time management for all of my projects. In order for me to work in silence, I wake up before my kids wake up and work after they sleep. I do work during the day but prefer the quiet time to let my creativity run. I spend a lot of time in my computer doing the pre-production, coordination of the production and then editing until the final results come to my hands.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Raquel Rivera Photography – what should we know?
Raquel Rivera Photography is my business. I love creating beautiful memories for people.

I specialize in Woman Portrait for every season. I photograph from weddings to portraits, also Glamour, Celebrities, Business Headshots, Couples, Maternity, Families, Kids and more.

I am proud of serving people and make them happy!

I am proud of creating lifetime memories, treasures for people lives that they can enjoy forever. I am proud of offer great ways to display those images in prints, albums, wall art enlargements, creative videos and in their devices.

What sets me apart from others is the way I see people. The vision that comes to my mind before I start photographing. I have a high level of appreciation, an extraordinary vision where I can identify people features in ways that sometimes they can’t even see themselves and this inspire me to create and produce beautiful portraits.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I am so grateful for so many people that were supportive in my career.

My Mentor, the Legendary Portrait Photographer Carlos Read, until today he is a great person to talk to about what I am doing what is next, plans. He has been doing photography for over 35 years now.
My Father, My Mother. Johnny and Adalgisa Rivera, they’ve been everything to me. Supporters in ways that I can’t explain. Even when they didn’t understand what was all the vision about at the beginning, they research making sure they are informed.

My husband, Maxwell that with my kids Chelsea, Maxwell Jr and Sara are always there to cheer me up.

My Sisters Sara and Ruth Rivera, My Friends Damaris Veras, Denys Garcia, Lizette Capellan.

Great people that also have played a big role in my success and my business are:
Sara Beard (Granma) she believes so much in everything I’ve been doing.
Alexys Rivera, Porfirio y Milanda Cespedez, Omayra Alvarez, Cristobal Cardoza, Héctor Santana, Maria Soto, Yolande Mbende, Carolina Rendon, Sandra Portales, and more people…

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2 Comments

  1. Mercedes Nivell

    December 31, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations my Desr I feeling very proud about you. The sky is the limit. God bless you for ever and continuing doing the best for all people believe in you potential.

  2. SANDRA PORTALES

    January 8, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Wonderful story. I been honored to have you as my number 1 photographer. I highly recommend Raquel, she did an excellent job for my business headshots.

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