We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariana Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mariana, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
For the simple reason that I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Photography has always been that one thing that has been consistent throughout my life and I have always felt a deep connection to nature and a passion to capture it. A sense of adventure and exploring has always been a part of me so doing anything else wouldn’t align well with who I am at the core. Just being outside and getting fresh air, being present, and witnessing nature do its magic is fueling and fulfilling. I always want to get out there and explore a new place, especially with my four-legged adventure buddy. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It took a while to really understand that everything takes time to build and nothing worth having comes easy. I think anything in life that you want to pursue comes with its own set of challenges so it’s about trying to do everything you can to stay on track to get to your main goal. Currently, there are many photographers out there so setting yourself apart is key to capture people’s attention in a positive and impactful way. I’ve learned that you have to work very hard and be very consistent in order to break through and make some progress. Also to keep in mind that it will take time but as long as you do everything in your power to get to where you want to be on a consistent basis, eventually you will get there.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think having the right mindset to pursue your dreams is very important so fueling your mind with positive thoughts even when we don’t necessarily feel like it is essential. I’ve read a couple of books that have helped put things in perspective such as The Power of Now, The Magic of Thinking Big, Atomic Habits, and The Obstacle is the Way.

I would also like to thank my parents for buying me my first camera when I was around 15. It was right before we took a family trip to California over winter break. We went to a few different places around the state. San Diego, San Francisco, L.A., La Jolla, and my favorite, Sequoia National Park. I think cities are overrated so once we got to the park and was completely surrounded by nature, that’s when the trip really started for me. I could actually hear myself breathe and seeing those gigantic trees and snow was a beautiful sight. We stayed a few nights at a cabin style resort up there. On one of the coldest and most memorable nights, I looked up at the night sky. It was completely filled with stars unlike anything I’ve ever seen. My only thought was – wow! I need to get this shot.
It was very exciting to finally have more professional gear. I still have that camera but recently upgraded to a newer model. I’ve always stuck with Sony and the smaller mirrorless camera is a game changer.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mdiazphoto/

Image Credits
Mariana Diaz

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