Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosanna Penaflorida.
Rosanna, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
When I was about six years old, my parents got me a red film camera that I couldn’t wait to play with. Since then, I had a fascination with photography.
Some life-altering events through my adolescence made me look at life through a different lens (no pun intended). I had close childhood friends pass away and my parents had divorced, just to name a few. I wanted to take as many photos as possible, hold onto those memories and share them! I participated, entered and won several photography contests throughout my school days.
-Every Session Goes a Long Way-
I grew up an only girl with three other siblings. My youngest brother, Carlo, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was an infant. Til this day, I cannot fathom what was going through my parents’ mind when they first got the news. I’m sure there was a lot of uncertainty but I’m sure there were more hope and faith that a little miracle would happen.
And that there was… everyday Carlo has is a little miracle in itself. Every breath and every smile continue to be tiny miracles my family is so thankful for and will never take for granted.
As a young child, I remember my parents saying that I should become a doctor (as most Asian parents say) so I could find a cure for my brother. Clearly, that plan didn’t pan out as they wished but maybe I could help find a cure my own way.
Every photography session I take, I will donate a portion to finding a cure for cerebral palsy through the non-profit organization, Cure CP. Each picture I take is one step closer for someone to have a better life while living with cerebral palsy. By booking a session with me, we can make a difference.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My credo is Family Over Everything. I have a passion for taking photos of families! Whether it’s a girl and her dog or a couple getting married or a labor and delivery story, or even a family of 29, I value the importance of family. I found it my purpose to impact and strengthen families through my photographs and serve clients with an elevated portrait experience.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Never stop learning and have quality mentors to guide you along the way. From business to creatives, to marketing, to finance to spiritual to whatever aspect is important to you, learning from them as you grow your business will help you far down the road to become successful.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
- Website: penarose.com
- Phone: 678-677-1773
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/penarosestudios
- Facebook: facebook.com/penarosestudios
Rosanna’s Headshot – Hope Copeland