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Conversations with Nidia Rivera

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

Hi Nidia, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
It all began with a little 16mp pink camera that I had asked my parents to get me on my birthday. Now don’t get me wrong, I WAS expecting a thousand-dollar camera but being 15 I didn’t know any better about money.

We didn’t grow up getting everything we (my 3 other brothers and I) ever wanted, being middle class wasn’t the easiest or best place to be, but my parents always made sure they met us halfway or saved up till they could.

Of course, no parent is going to go all out and get their daughter a camera that they think she will use once or twice and toss it to the side. So, me being me, I grew up very independent. Watching over my brothers as my parents worked, especially being Hispanic, the only girl, you grow up cleaning up after the younger siblings and caring for them.

Which got in the way of me doing sports or any after-school activities. But never in the way of my passion for photography. I saved up and got my first used DSLR camera. And yes, I did end up rarely using it because of work, that usual 9-5 aspect rolled around. But when I did pick up that camera I had all these ideas and stayed on YouTube to learn every detail.

Now fast forward, years later, I invested in a mirrorless camera, working 3 jobs, and still not having all the time in the world, I continued here and there using it but loved it even more. Till a total of 10 years later, I made a huge sacrifice and QUIT! Yes, it was super scary, all of my bills were on the line! But I am surrounded by so much positivity and reassuring friends, that I’ve been working non-stop.

Building my portfolio and pricing, working with others as a second shooter, helping with projects, and even doing a side gig of baking! Keeping up with my passion and capturing people’s happiness for them has fulfilled my dreams. I encourage anyone as well to do the same. Trust me it’s worth it!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Nothing ever comes easy, biggest obstacle was taking care of my brothers but never saw it as a huge problem because my love for my family has always been strong. Being Hispanic and the oldest always puts a huge role on you. We depend on each other a lot when things go wrong or just a helping hand. The image of a Hispanic is also portrayed as finishing school and being something huge.

My father never saw my passion as something that could pay bills and have leverage. He sees a 9-5 job as a stable and reliable to live a life. With that in mind, it took a toll on me to stay put. That brought me to another challenge, working all the time and trying to plan around it or even hope for a day to get accepted. Which led to getting in the way of bookings.

Being scared to let go of a secure “bag” but not letting go of the baggage it came with. Just the stress it brings upon anyone and feeling so drained, it was hard to jump out of something like that. Now, yes I have struggled and got behind on bills. But never let that stop me because money is literally surrounded by you, it just depends on how bad you want it.

Work for what you want and the dreams you want to conquer because spending time on that will make you happier in the long run.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’ll be honest, photography isn’t the only thing I’ve pushed for.

I’ve had hobbies of painting, drawing, baking, love cooking, and even tried videography. Being artistic runs in my family but was never used. My grandmother from my mother’s side is a prime example of why I have so much passion for these things.

She can turn your ordinary house into your dream house but has never actually been to school for it. I wanted to be that change and let everyone have someone to look up to. If you ask anyone about me they say I’m always doing something.

Always making my artist side flow free. I’ve decorated cakes for birthday parties, recorded weddings, drew my friend’s dog on Procreate to then hand paint it and put it on the back of a denim jacket. Here and there you will also see my post on my cooking.

I feel like all these tie in with my photography in the long run because having an image for my imagination of capturing something is an art. Making things come to life for everyone to see has been amazing!

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
My industry is becoming more and more popular. More people are getting to know me as I’m always a helping hand. I see myself picking up on a lot of things, as I’m currently looking into being a colorist for another company.

Photography will always be number one of course. I even use it to advertise the little jars I make here and there called NFinitySweets. It’s pretty cool to be the one who works on everything so when people ask “oh wow, who did this for you?”

I can just respond with “I did”, from the logo to the editing itself. I pick up on a lot of things and once I dedicate each day to each thing I’ll be there in no time.

Pricing:

  • Photography starts as low as $249

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Image Credits
@improv.media

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