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Monica's Foto Houston

Capturing memories for years to come!

Biography

Hi everyone, I am Monica Barahona a local Houstonian photographer, from Southeast Houston. I started as a photographer at a young age, influenced by my grandfather's black and white photos. My first earlier subjects were my pets and the flowers that grew around the yard. Occasionally, my family would go to Brazos State Park where I would take nature shots. Along with a few side-jobs of special events and family pictorial shoots. As I became a bit older I took surrounding landscape photographs of Houston areas such as downtown by Buffalo Bayou. My career as a professional photographer started the summer of '09 with the launching of Monica's Foto Houston as partners with the family company Plaza Wise and Love Green Go Green magazine. I worked with all three of the companies until May 2012, when I had been accepted to Santa Fe University of Art and Design, New Mexico. So I decided to discontinue Plaza Wise and Love Green Go Green. But  I did put a hold on Monica's Foto Houston until settling in at the college. While in school I started a series of Steampunk photos as a freelance photographer. I took photos of my friend's works or events they would participate. As an artist and photographer, I am working towards a goal to help family portraits not only affordable but memorable. 

Why did I start in Business?

I recently answered a question about why I stared in business. This was the response I gave:

"I went with my father to a business seminar back in 2009, my dad was already his own business owner. I learn from him and help him with is business at the office. 2011, I was a junior at East Early College High School when I decided to make a DVA. At the time I knew I wanted to pursue photography as a career but wanted to continue my education. I left for college 2012 after graduating and transfer some of the college credit (Dule-Credits) that I earned at Houston Community College. I started at Santa Fe Univerity and Design  2012 of the Fall- Semester for Photography Major.  After three years I came back to Houston and picked up where I left off. I had obtained more skills and practice in portrait photography. During 2014-2015 I was in the transition of the start-up phase of my business. By 2016-2017 my business has grown among the community. Spring 2017 my dad and I open our office and studio space so that our customers can visit us to conduct business. We were there for three years until these past few months. I am still conducting business but from my own home. I am meeting customers out on location and booking has continued to be made over social media, online, or by cellular phone."

During COVID-19 I had plenty of time to reflect and if you know me personally then you already know I keep pushing forward. 

If there is anything that I would like to say to other business owners is that know your community, family, and friends are always going to support your decisions. 

 Stay strong and be kind! These hard days will pass. 

- Monica A. Barahona

Everyone has an idea.

If there is anything that I do better is helping. If I can help in any humanly possible way, then I will. Working with other artist or other people from the community would be my pleasure.   

The Adventures Of Moni

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