We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicholas Esquivel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicholas, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
For my end goal I would want to create the best work I can. I have many different goals when it comes to my photography such as shooting the cover of Vogue, taking photos at music festivals, going on tour with music artists, and many more. By the end of my career, I’d hope to have my photos inspire others with their photography and make some memorable images.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I feel like what sets me apart from others is my style of photography. I’m proud of my personal goals I’ve achieved so far such as shooting concerts, getting hired to take photos for a brand or model as well as getting offered a spot to work for a photography studio which is something I was going to school for. I’m excited for the future and to see what opportunities come my way. The way I got to where I am is persistence, as soon as I got my first camera I would take photos wherever I’d go. It wasn’t easy at all, I’d run into creative blocks and always felt like giving up, but I continued to take photos because it’s something I’m passionate about and enjoy. One of the lessons I’ve learned is that if you’re new to photography, 1. Find something you enjoy taking photos of, if you don’t know what it is yet, take photos of everything and you’ll come to realize what you enjoy shooting 2. Promote yourself 3. Keep putting in work and eventually people will take notice once you’re creating quality work 4. Don’t undervalue yourself 5. Pay your knowledge forward. I’d want the world to know how passionate I am about photography, it’s something that’s always on my mind. You can see my growth with my photos when I first started to where I’m at now.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d show them around the inland empire and Orange County which both have fun things to do such as hiking, going to car meets, concerts, and going to the beach. I would also show them around Palm Springs because of the weather, dessert, mid-century architecture and how laid back it can be. I’d take them to some of my favorite places to eat which include street tacos, korean bbq, sushi and raising canes.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my family and friends for always supporting me and encouraging me to continue to take photos. Thank you to my dad for buying me my first digital camera, without that happening I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now.