Featured Artist: Anela Benavides

Anela Benavides is a 20 year old photographer from the North Shore of Oah'u. She is currently in school at BYUH seeking a Marketing Major. After getting her degree, her dream is to become a full time photographer. She is married and has a daughter named Mahina.


Tribe Collective: Tell us about yourself. What is your background, and how did you get into photography?

Anela Benavides: I started photography about 10 months ago and my goal has always been to create work that inspires me, and captures my love + passion. I'm a young girl in Hawaii trying to make it big and have worked so hard to get to where I am today.


TC: Please provide us with a list of the gear you use on a regular basis.

AB: I use a Canon 6d and a Sigma 35mm.


TC: What does your post-production process look like?

AB: I use LXC on ALL my pictures and now it has become my "brand" editing style that I'm known for. Which is crazy! I try to push my pictures out within 1 to 2 weeks so I work hard on perfecting each and every shot before sending out. LXC presets makes my job easy and gives my photos that signature look!


TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?

AB: My photography has evolved so much. I started photography 9-10 months ago and it has all moved so fast. But, as for me, I'm never pleased until I am the absolute best at what I do. I started photographing children sessions, friends and family. Now, I am taking on weddings, Elopements, and flying to the Big Island for a photo session! I'm so happy with the progress and want to become the photographer I know I'm capable of becoming.


TC: What are you discouraged about in your work/business? What encourages you?

AB: Feeling small in a big world and industry. I work ever harder to make a name for myself.


TC: When was a time you thought you would/had failed? How did you overcome it?

AB: When a client did not like my photos- I made sure each and every time after my clients were happy with photos.


TC: What defines success for you as a photographer? If you never achieve that, will you still be satisfied with what you do?

AB: I am driven by goals, family and God.


TC: Please provide us with any details pertaining to the shoot above.

AB: I wanted to do a shoot in preparation for weddings I have coming up very soon. Abish and her husband Jeremy, made things go so easy. We shot at Waimea Beach and then caught the most STUNNING sunset and afterglow. Once the sun went down we said, "Okay I think we're done". Then we turned around to see the sky on fire-pink and red with blues. It was stunning and we shot till the sun was absolutely gone and not an ounce of light yet. Those are the type of shoots I like.

The florals were provided by Passion Roots. The model was Abish and her husband. The makeup was done by Reveal Hair and Makeup and our stylist was Svetlana Sauer


TC: What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?

AB: I use Lightroom and Photoshop. I also like using the tool brushes in Lightroom.
Naturally, I'll use light reflectors and for this shoot, I used a prism for the very first time!


TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?

AB: If you want to become a thriving photographer, don't give up on your work. Passion is what motivates you and encourages you, but hard work is what will make your business successful!