You will often find that many photographers have found their careers when it was simply a hobby, an extracurricular activity, or just by accident! For Jesse Garcia, of Jesse Garcia Photography, it was along journey that began as something he fell into and turned into an established successful profession.
During Jesse's years at The University of Texas-Pan American where he majored in English, he had taken a basic photography class where he learned the traditional process of film development, specifically in the "darkroom". Fascinated by photography as well as the growing rise of digital art, had expanded Jesse's interest into pursuing a degree in graphic design, combining the technical aspects of image refinement and construction with the aesthetics of visual art and beauty. This educational blueprint became the foundation for what would soon become the beginning of Jesse's career.
One day when visiting a print shop Jesse's eye spotted a professional camera, one that he could not seem to tear away from. Next thing he knew, he was the new owner of the camera, and soon after his employer asked him to photograph his daughter's Quinceañera celebration. Pretty quickly this new kid on the block found love at first sight and he realized he had found his prerogative - with wedding photography. Seeing the importance and excitement of a bride and groom's special day, the day they say "forever", it became important for Jesse to truly capture the day every little girl dreams of. His education in graphic design allowed him to make himself useful to already established photography studios, this brought new opportunities for him as he reached out to other photographers in the Rio Grande Valley to seek out advice and possible apprenticeship. Several photographers opened their doors and offered encouragement for Jesse to continue pursuing his newfound passion.
Jesse contributes the combined support and encouragement of fellow photographers, his eye for technique, and artistic visuals that he incorporates in his photographs, for his success. Never wanting to give anything less than 100%, Jesse often sets the bar high for himself to give his soon-to-be-couples the best photographs they will ever see. Keeping on his toes, his knack behind the camera has kept him going through the best of times, and his drive, determination, and dedication to his work have carried him through the lows. Taking all his experience has strengthen his love of his craft. Every wedding brings to light the raw emotion throughout the celebration, which Jesse captures, combining a unique mix of the "old and new" – studio lighting, image composition, artistic styling, and the pure happiness that glows from every couple.
Today, Jesse finds himself to be an established name among the wedding industry in the Rio Grande Valley, seeing a bride's eyes light up at the mention of his portraits. His craft has taken him all over Texas and even across the country, capturing superb shots as Jesse Garcia Photography. His dream and ambition is to one day become a teacher to future photographers, to share his knowledge aquired through the years, and one day leave his legacy behind with his portraits