Meet Denise Hernandez


MEET DENISE HERNANDEZ

DENISE HERNANDEZ IS A WIFE, MOTHER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND A FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER.

GROWING UP, DENISE’S PARENTS NEVER MADE IT A POINT THAT SHE SHOULD PURSUE A HIGHER EDUCATION AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE AN EXACT PLAN. IN THE UNKNOWN, DENISE DECIDED TO TAKE CONTROL OF HER OWN FUTURE, ENROLL IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND LATER GRADUATED FROM CSULA WITH HER B.A. IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT.

DENISE SHARES WITH US WHAT LED HER TO LEAVING HER JOB TO PURSUE HER PASSION, PHOTOGRAPHY.

 

Q: WHAT DO YOU FOR FOR A LIVING? IS IT WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE DOING 5-10 YEARS AGO?

A: I’M A PHOTOGRAPHER! ABSOLUTELY NOT. EVEN THOUGH PHOTOGRAPHY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE, IT WAS ALWAYS MORE OF A PERSONAL HOBBY. I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE AND EVENTS.

Q: WHAT EVENT OR MOMENT OCCURRED THAT LED YOU TOWARDS YOUR PASSION?

A: WHEN I FINALLY SAID YES TO DOING MY FRIEND’S MATERNITY PICTURES. I REALIZED  HOW MUCH I ENJOYED IT! I FINALLY ALLOWED MYSELF TO FOLLOW MY PASSION. IT WAS ALSO A BREAKING POINT IN MY FORMER CAREER THAT GAVE ME THAT PUSH AS WELL. I WAS NO LONGER HAPPY AT MY 9 TO 5 JOB AND ALLOWED MYSELF TO FIND HAPPINESS DOING SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT.

Q: WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU? IS YOUR IDEA OF SUCCESS DIFFERENT FROM A PREVIOUS VERSION?

A: I AM STILL WORKING ON BEING SUCCESSFUL. I HAVEN’T REACHED THAT POINT YET. EVERYONE’S LEVEL AND PERCEPTION OF SUCCESS IS DIFFERENT.

Q: IF YOU COULD GIVE ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER, THIRTEEN YEAR OLD SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

A: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYONE THINKS. PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS HAVE OPINIONS ABOUT WHAT YOU DO OR DON’T DO. SO , YOU DO YOU AND MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY.

 

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