Mariano Baltazar was a skateboarder, and he was focusing on creating a sponsor video for his local skate shop Transitions. However, he was exhausted from getting hurt and after suffering a major injury that almost led to his leg getting amputated, he quit. As a result, he began photographing his friends skating and immediately fell in love with photography. A few months went by, and he reached out to his photogenic friend and photographed her. After one photo shoot, he knew this was what he wanted to pursue as a career. He is now represented by LovesickLA, and he has been an apprentice under Jose Cervantes. Jose is a professional photographer with more than 10 years of experience. Mariano is learning under his expertise, and he is learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry.
I love bringing the best out of my subjects. I love capturing their personality and showcasing confidence and positivity. I love expressing who I am though photographs, and it keeps me sane. It is a way for me to escape reality and ignore everything around me to create something beautiful and meaningful.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done many fashion, e-commerce, and swimwear shoots. Before my shoots and during the prep stage I like to interact with the model/subject to get an understanding of who they are. I love to do this so that I could really capture that through my images and tell a story with my photographs rather than simply creating a "nice" picture. I love to bring the best out of my subjects and capture their personality.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Front Cover of Period. Magazine and published in Elegant Magazine for the March 2018 issue that will be released March 29th.
A fun fact about this photographer
I am a major Dragon Ball Z fan and a car/truck enthusiast!