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Life and Work with Oh Raimondi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Oh Raimondi.

Oh, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2010, I followed my passion and opened my own photography business in Bangkok, Thailand.  My studio was self decorated and fully operational in my own condominium building. My business – OHTOGRAPHY – was very successful without any formal advertising – just an updated web-site and customer “word-of-mouth”.

In addition to my own photography studio, I free lanced for an USA based organization called “FLYTOGRAPHER” and was their sole Thailand representative…basically it was a photographic service providing professional photos for tourists in Thailand at various exotic locations.  In 2016, I won recognition with this company when my photo was chosen as top “FLYTOGRAPHER” photo of the year.

In January 2018, I moved to Florida with my family and rekindled my passion by re-starting my photography business.  I have photographed portraits of pregnant moms, newborn babies, children, women, and couples and families – taking my photography in both studio and outdoor settings.

I have never given up the passion for photography – even during our 18 month move to the USA.  I continuously looked for the “shot”, the “location”, and the “subject” – and found them all in this beautiful state.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing in life is easy – you have to nurture the gift that GOD has given to you.

Over my eight year career, I have never given up on my craft even during the beginning when some challenges arose. One must be both business and artsy savvy in this craft to succeed!

In Thailand, the success of my business rest solely on my art – the rest was easy – clients appreciated my skill and their attestations were all I needed.  My business grew from “word-of-mouth” and my monthly “gigs” were such that I had to sometime offer the work to my fellow colleagues. I had a signature approach and unique skill that few competitors could match.

However, the move to Florida identified numerous competitors with lower prices and quality.  It seemed at first that clients did not care about the quality of the art of photography – only the quantity of the package.  There are more than enough photographers in the USA that can fill this requirement. My challenge was to find new clients who appreciated the art of photography and get my name out there in this new environment.  It is and remains quite a challenge because it is like starting from ground zero. So, I turned this challenge into an opportunity. I focused my photography on personal projects. I created my self-photo shoot, and created the art that I love to see. And the personal projects opened the door to more business.  Another challenge I undertook was to look at what I could continue to learn – never stop learning. I attended one or two workshops during the year to update and learn new techniques in order to keep abreast of the changes that photography had undergone. After all, it’s not just business, it is a passion. For those who just started out in this industry, my advice is to keep learning, keep photographing, find your favorite mentor…and most of all never give up.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a portrait photographer, photographing pregnant mom, newborn babies, women, couples and families.

My style is classic and has a fine art touch into it. I love to play with light and shadow. I create a dream shoot for my clients, we collaborate to create a piece of art, and so each photo shoot is not the same and does not have the same pattern. I can work both in a studio and on location, my creativity has no limit.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?Females are succeeding every day in the business world – the day of the stay home mom is gone!  All you have to do is read and look at all the females that are now in successful CEO positions, government positions, and private industry.

The numbers are ever growing for females to succeed as leaders.

I especially believe that there are no barriers to female leadership in the photography industry. In fact, I believe there are more successful female photographers than males in this industry. Photography lends itself to the basic female instinct of compassion and a strong work ethic to succeed.  Females have a flair for the arts, color harmony and radiance, and creativity. Females are visionary, result oriented, imaginative, compelling, and exciting. All of these characteristics and traits are the dominant factors of a successful photographer.

Pricing:

  • Session Fee $99-150
  • Digital starts at $75 per file, Packages range from $250 -$1,000

Contact Info:

  • Address: www.ohtography.com
    Instagram/ ohtography
    Facebook/ ohtography
  • Website: www.ohtography
  • Phone: 8134730292
  • Email: oh.ohtography@gmail.com
  • Instagram: ohtography
  • Facebook: ohtography

Image Credit:
Jaimi Mcpeek

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