Wendy Sosa is a Miami, FL based photographer capturing elegance with a colorful twist.
We interviewed with Wendy about her upbringing, background with photography, and advice for photographers stuck in a rut.
Where do you consider your artistic home? Is there a city, country or neighborhood that inspired you to get into photography?
Vinales, Cuba definitely inspired me visually and in all aspects. That’s where I was born, and where most of my family still lives till this day. My hometown is the one place I feel the most free. The most free to create, to breathe. When I’m there, the one thing I’m probably doing until I leave is riding my uncle’s horses. Riding down to the caves, tying the horses down below and running up with my camera to grasp the views that await me.
Which camera do you use?
I use my Sony a7 Full-Frame & sometimes my Nikon D40.
Did you go to school to study photography?
No, I did not go to school nor study photography. I learned everything I know on my own. I would mess around with Photoshop in middle school when I was bored at home with nothing to do. I DO want to take some classes just because there’s always room for improvement. I’m still growing as a creative and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
The Fox Magazine is all about inspiration, what/who inspires you the most?
Growing up I wanted to be a photographer + writer for Lonely Planet & National Geographic, all while being utterly obsessed with Vogue and love poems. I love writing (always have) and knew I wanted to incorporate photography into it. Every time I take a photograph, there’s a story in my head. Every time I read a poem, I can imagine the slight details of the photograph I’d take. Most of the time, I’d write these depictions down and bring them forth in photographs later on.
What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Something people would be surprised to learn about me is that I can be completely fearless. I would try just about anything that will give me an adrenaline rush. In other words, I’m ballsy.
What’s the best part of being a photographer?
The best part about being a photographer would have to be the freedom to direct and satisfying. I am my own boss. My own director. My clients/models/friends trust me and trust in my vision. I couldn’t be more thankful for that. I love seeing the excitement on their faces when they get the final product.
What’s your best advice for aspiring photographers?
My best advice for aspiring photographers would be to not let competition bring them down. There’s always going to be someone you look up to but slightly wish you were as good as. There’s always going to be moments where you feel stuck.
Where you feel like your work isn’t growing as fast as you’d want it to. But you have to trust in the process. Don’t rush art. Don’t rush life. Take it day by day and just try to inspire one person daily a day. By doing that alone, you’ll grow without noticing. More and more people will be contacting you. Gain inspiration from those around you but never let them bring you down.
What photography or art related motto, quote or words to live by helps keep you inspired?
“Destroy the fear within you before it destroys the life before you.”
Fear will only hinder growth.
Wendy got it tattooed as a daily reminder.
Follow her journey!