Interview with Photographer Cindy Esquibel of Sweet Reverie Photography

When looking for a photographer  it can be overwhelming, everyone has their personal favorite but what do you want from the photos? Something stunning, breathtaking, fair pricing, fun props, a quick pop up session, fast turn around? Everyone has an idea of what they’re looking for when professional photos are being taken.

I’m glad to say when we had our Christmas photos taken by Cindy, Sweet Reverie Photography I was blown away by her talent and patience.

Let me set up the day for you, we were rushed on time, we scheduled the shoot on a Saturday morning at 11am, I needed to pick up my sons first birthday cupcakes and smash cake. We arrived at the shoot with a few mins to spare.

Cindy greeted us at the door with a warm embrace excited to take our first family portrait of 4. Julia was in a toddler mood, and wanted nothing to do with it and Sam was as happy as ever. Cindy got right down to business and wasted no time, getting the kids in positions, making jokes and getting the biggest smiles out of them. She wasn’t flustered or annoyed when Julia knocked down the pillows and went with it. She was more than professional and on her game.

Sweet Reverie Photography’s prices are unbeatable and the studio is absolutely perfect with the natural light and exposed brick. I couldn’t be happier with the photos or with the turnaround. Sweet Reverie Photos are a beautiful and timeless, they make a great addition to your home and personal collection. I cried happy tears when I received the prints.

Down below you can read my interview with the Owner Cindy Esquibel and I cannot tell you how much her photos mean to me and my family. If you’d like to schedule your own session I strongly urge you to. You can find her facebook page here;

https://www.facebook.com/sweetreveriephoto/

and her instagram handle here;

sweetreveriephoto

When did photography become your passion? Back in 2009, I was laid off from my job (which I loved) when the company I was working for closed down. I was looking for a new position in the same field but not having much luck, and I started to get really down in the dumps with all my newfound free time.  I also happened to be planning my wedding at the same time and searching for our wedding photographer.  I spent hours pouring over dozens of local photographers’ work and loving the imagery and creativity.  My husband encouraged me to pick up a new hobby to lift my spirits, so I bought a DSLR camera, a bunch of how-to books, and spent the next few years reading everything I could and watching tutorial videos on YouTube. I couldn’t get enough!

What’s your favorite photograph, from your collection? That’s a hard one! I have a few for different reasons.  This first one is my favorite black and white image. I love so many things about it – the emotion, the movement in her hair, the lighting on her face. The second one is my favorite photo of my daughter. It just speaks ‘childhood’ to me. It’s also showcases her personality quite well!  The third is a favorite because it’s one that I feel can be categorized as a fine art print.  In fact my husband loves it so much he made me get a second print for our home. 🙂  I’d love to do more of this type of work in the future.

 Who is your favorite photographer? Spoken as a true Libra, it’s hard for me to only choose one. There are so many people I admire and look up to in terms of their work. Since I first started learning photography I’ve followed Michele Anderson of Pinkle Toes Photography, who I think is one of the best lifestyle family photographers I’ve found. I love her creative angles and use of color.  And on the opposite side of the spectrum, I recently discovered Kirsten Lewis, who’s work is totally raw, yet highly technical. I’m quickly becoming enamored with the idea of merging families and documentary photography. In terms of wedding photography, Jimmy Bui‘s work is a feast for the eyes. He’s amazingly talented!  And last but certainly not least, Sue Bryce has been a major inspiration and an invaluable mentor for the business side of photography. She reinvented the idea of modern glamour photography and I can’t wait to offer these sessions in my new studio in Providence.
Where do you find your inspiration? As an introvert, I’m always observing and looking for details and the ‘unspoken’ moments. It’s a wonderful creative outlet.
What’s proudest moment as photographer? Every time one of my clients gushes over their images! Nothing better than that!
What’s the hardest part about being a photographer? It’s impossible to separate your emotional ties to your work. When so much of yourself is poured into your work, it’s easy to be overly critical or sensitive about how it’s perceived. However, your work is best when you do it for the love of it, and not for the praise.
What’s your favorite camera lens? Why? For portraits, probably my 85mm f/1.8.  I always tend toward close crops, and it gives beautiful bokeh. One day I’d love to own a 1.4.
Best time of day to shoot? Early in the morning or late afternoon – always avoiding the harsh overhead sun.  However I’m not much of a morning person, so I’ll go with afternoon. 🙂
Do you have a favorite spot to shoot? Outdoors, in field of weeds and flowers.  
Do you prefer black and white photos or color? Overall I prefer color, but there’s just something about an emotional black and white image that can stop me in my tracks!
What motivates you to take photos? I want my clients to have daily reminders of joyful and special moments showcased on the walls of their homes. I want them to feel beautiful. And I want them to smile whenever they see their photographs and remember their experience.
Do you prefer digital or film? I only shoot digital at the moment, but I love the look of film. This year one of my goals is to start shooting film, as my father recently gifted me his old Minolta SRT! I can’t wait to start shooting with it!