Today, we want to introduce you to a mujer who inspires us with the rawness and realness of her photos and motivates us to lean toward our inner-guide, listen and follow it to our true calling. Amanda’s path led her to photography at the early age if 17 years old. Since then, Amanda has worked with the likes of Nispey Hussle to Dolores Huerta. Amanda has captured countless moments in time and documented a multitude of lives. Her work has also been exhibited in MoMa and her work has also been published in LA Weekly, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Vice and many more.
Amanda shares with us a little bit about her and her career.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Amanda Lopez. I am a Mexican-American photographer originally from Sacramento, CA. I now live in LA with my boo and our pup, Young Rocco Suave.
When I am not out on assignment, you can find me working on personal photo projects, shopping for green beauty, or at the dog park.
What was the first subject you remember photographing? What about your first few photographing experiences made you realize this was your passion?
The first people I photographed were members of my family. They've been a constant source of inspiration. To this day you will find photos of my family in my work.
I realized that photography was my passion in high school. I selected photography as an elective class my freshman year and little did I know then, that it would change my life. I remember being in the darkroom and falling in love with the photo process. From looking through the viewfinder and composing a shot to developing the negatives and prints, I loved it all. Once I realized you could study photography in college and make a living at it, I knew I found my calling.
How does being able to photograph such iconic people make you feel regarding how far you’ve come in your industry?
It's a blessing to be able to do what I love for a living. Being able to photograph some truly iconic people such as Snoop Dogg, Dolores Huerta, and Yalitza Aparicio is the icing on the cake and affirms that I am on the right path.
What hopes and aspirations do you have for yourself whether it be in photography or other areas of your life?
My hope is that I inspire other aspiring creatives to go after their dreams. It's not easy being an artist and working for yourself. It can be a tricky road, especially if you don't have a blueprint, but it's worth it.
I also hope to create work that leaves an impact on viewers and is celebrated long after I'm gone.
Has your definition of success changed? What is your definition of success?
My definition of success evolves as I grow older. At the moment, for me success means to be able to make a living doing something I love.
From those you have photographed, is there an experience you cherish the most? Can you share who and why?
I photographed legendary Mexican actress Kate de Castillo for the LA Weekly a few years ago. After the shoot, as I was packing up, she said she liked working with me because I was fast and creative! I grew up watching her on TV so to be able to work with her and have her compliment me, meant the world to me. It was a really cool experience.
We all make mistakes during our lives. Have you made any mistakes that led you in a better direction? If so, can you share an example?
I've made a lot of "mistakes" in my journey but I don't look at them as something negative. I look at them as opportunities to grow and learn new lessons.
If you could give any advice to your younger self, what would that be?
Be patient. What's meant for you will always find you.
Lastly, is there any quote you live by or refer to?
I love a good quote. One that I am particularly loving these days is "Loving oneself is part of loving God." -Zainab Salbi
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