Israel Arredondo is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Monterrey, Mexico. His dedication to his art and his search for the perfect images are incredible and we are very lucky to have him as a friend to Tribe and a loyal part of our team. Before becoming a photographer, Israel was a pilot, so he definitely knows how to fly high and deliver outstanding work in any situation.
Tribe Collective: Tell us about yourself. What is your background, and how did you get into photography?
Israel Arredondo: I used to be a commercial pilot, and I met my wife 12 years ago on a trip. Every time I was flying, I had my camera in hand. I loved taking pictures of landscapes. After a few months, I asked my wife to come to live in my city. She accepted and we started a new adventure together. She was a professional makeup artist and had a lot of wedding clients. Little by little, I began to fall in love with weddings. And that's how I became a wedding photographer.
TC: Please provide us with a list of the gear you use on a regular basis:
IA: I use a Fujifilm GFX50s with 45mm 2.8, a 63mm 2.8, a Fujifilm XPro2 with a 16mm 1.4, a Fujifilm XT2 with a 56mm 1.2 and a 35mm Mitakon 0.95.
TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?
IA: For me, every session is different and I work hard to improve myself every time. Every session is an opportunity to become a better photographer.
TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
IA: I would say: trust yourself. Every job you do, do it with your heart. Every session needs to be different.
TC: What type of photography do you most enjoy?
IA: I love doing editorial and of course photographing weddings.
TC: What are you discouraged about in your work/business? What encourages you?
IA: I want to enjoy every session I do and make my clients happy with the images.
TC: When was a time you thought you would/had failed? How did you overcome it?
IA: I had clients who did not like having their pictures taken. So I make sure I engage a lot more with them so I can know them better and they feel more comfortable showing me their feelings. I like to work a lot with a 16mm lens and I have to be very close to them.
TC: What defines success for you as a photographer? If you never achieve that, will you still be satisfied with what you do?
IA: I'm never satisfied with my work, every time I finish a session, I always want to do more and get better. That's what makes me keep going.