ZEN 7 knows how to work the camera

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How did you start photography?
Honestly this story is kinda my first let down on when I choose to follow my heart. So for what I remember it was around 2012 I about to graduate high school and around this time everyone my age was thinking about what the hell they are going to do after high school. For me my parents always had a big influence over my life so I desperate to feel like I was in control of something, so for that up coming Christmas I ask my parents “can I have a professional camera, you know the ones with the nice zoom lens”, at that time I didn’t know the camera I wanted was called a DSLR camera. Here comes Christmas morning so excited to get this camera so I can start taking professional photos and I get to the tree and BOOM my parents got me a cheap point and shoot camera. Mind you I was still grateful for the fact that they actually listened to me and got me a camera, so with that gratitude  I set up my first photoshoot two weeks later. I did it with my good friend at the time and we went to the art district in my city and had fun and made some magic.

Tell us what are you into besides take photos?
Aside from photography I’m into many things. Fashion is a BIG one for me, only because my style of clothing became the first area in my life where I felt I can truly express my self. Music is also a BIG one, music set the tone for my attitude either sad, happy, excited or if I need a little motivation there is a song for it. I also play tennis, I been playing since I was a child and I found tennis is how I relate to my obstacles in my life. Can be weird to understand but honestly I’m not a really good team player and I usually never ask for help and playing tennis is really up to you to win you can’t expect a team member to pick up your slack.

Who is your favorite photographer?
I used to always think about this but the photographer that I get the most inspired by and I know exactly how his story came about is actually me. There are so many different types of photographer that are amazing and I truly love such as Anthony Barboza, Herb Ritts, and Jamel Shabazz. Even though these photographers are amazing and I dream about careers like theirs no other photographer makes me feel they way I feel when I see my own work because I know the energy I put behind each of my own photos.

How do you stay inspired to shoot when life has the upper hand?
In life everyone comes across a feeling like they aren’t were they need to be and it can eat us up on the inside. Most artist go through times like this very often. When I’m feeling overwhelmed with life I just try to take a step back from my day to day life and remember who I am and how far God took me. I don’t search for inspiration I let it come to me, that the easy part because there is inspiration everywhere but to grasp it you have to open up your perspective. Once you do that the possibilities of inspiration is limitless. I rather live in a world where the glass is half full not half empty.

Did you grow up with a large family?
As far as my immediate family goes, its pretty small. I grew up in a small household with just my mom and dad. It took them TEN years to have my little sister that I love so much. She is the coolest person I know, so creative and she doesn’t even know it! That is where I come in and I show her that she has potential to do anything she puts her mind to.

What’s the biggest city you’ve been to?
The biggest city I been to was New York city. Visiting New York was a dream come true. I remember when I was in 8th grade I used to tell my friends that I was from New York. So silly to lie about that but I was always so obsessed with the culture and the history that came from New York even the life styled amazed me. I was from the suburbs in a town outside of Miami (Miramar) so having the chance to go to New York was huge for me, simple life changing.

What’s your most favorite city to visit?
My favorite city I visited was also the last city I lived which was Seattle. When I look back honestly Seattle was heaven sent. Funny story before I moved there I ask God why the hell did he send me to the horrible place where the suicide rate is higher then the people who live there. I wasn’t prepared for my answer. Seattle gifted me my eyes of perspective and optimism. With the gloomy skies the way the light reflected from buildings or even the people was so different from what I was used to, from living in Miami for most of my life.

What city do you have on your list to go to before you die?
Anybody who knows me knows I want to live in Paris. However Cusco, Peru is the city I have to go before I die. Peru is home to this amazing gift called Ayahuasca, which is a plant that is highly know for its DMT properties. I suggest you do your own research if you are interested. Nevertheless I have to say I want to do it because I believe it will help all of us humans open our minds to let love and positivity in to our lives.

What advice would you give another photographer looking to succeed?
To all my fellow creators I would just want to remind them to never compare them selves to anybody else that is the quickest way to block your creativity and growth. Allow yourself to be the most authentic you can be. Keep discovering yourself, you will be surprised trust me on that! Also remember to give yourself time to grow. “You never eat the fruit the same day you plant the seed” – UNKNOWN-

How can we follow you online?
Everyone can follow me on instagram @ZEN__7 that where I’m the most active.

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