Mannon Pictures

What made you get into photography?
When I was a junior in high school I made a lot of older friends, photographer friends. I started off just modeling for shits and giggles with my friends. Then I met my husband Levi. He started out assisting our best friend and fellow photographer Isaac Madera. I got bored quickly with “modeling” but I had all of these crazy ideas. Levi had all of the Photoshop and technical stuff down so we teamed up together and here we are now!

How would you describe your photography style?
I personally try not to have one set style. I try to evolve as an artist as much as I can trying new things. I try to keep my work colorful and bold for the most part, and I focus on symmetry.

We are not big on themes. I like to keep it simple and focus more on my model and less on the surroundings. You can definitely see that in our work.

Any photographers or artists that you looked up to that helped influence your style?
My best friend Isaac Madera is and always will be one of my biggest inspirations. We have learned so much from him and learned to use what he taught us as well as what we learn as we go to create the style we have.

Did you study photography in school or are you self-taught?
We are completely self taught, we learn as we go! We learn from other people, we learn from trial and error and we also watch a ton of tutorials on YouTube. If you were to see our work when we first started your eyes would bleed, it’s pretty embarrassing!

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about starting a photography business?
Time and the money! You truly have to have money to make money, and if you are anything like me then you never had mommy and daddy there to buy your camera equipment for you. We had to work extra hard to be able to afford the equipment we have today. It took us over a year just to pay off our first digital camera! The worst part about it is photography equipment is insanely expensive and things always need to be replaced or cleaned. I say time because you have to sacrifice so much time for this business. Your clients become your friends and work is your only social life. I cant even get started on all of the traveling, conventions or events, and the dreadful time consuming editing. Basically, you have to make sure you are willing to sacrifice all of your time for this business.

 What do you love most about being a photographer?
I love meeting amazing people and learning all about them. I love hearing their stories and getting to know them personally. Everyone is so different! I also love being able to travel to new places for shoots. The one thing I love the most about being a photographer is the reactions I get when I email someone their images. It is a constant reminder that this is what I was always meant to do.

What project are you currently working on that you would like people to know about?
I can’t get into to much detail just yet but I do have a big project that I am working on. I will be photographing some of the most talented female tattoo artists in the industry for one of my favorite tattoo magazines. I am getting an amazing team together for this project, and I am more than excited for this new challenge! This will be one of my biggest photo projects yet and I cant wait to share it with everyone!


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