We're Doing Life Wrong
I believe we’re doing life wrong. From the minute our lives begin, society is quick to tell us who we are and how we’re supposed to move about the world to “make it”. Our success is measured by the size of our bank accounts, how many followers we have on social media, and how busy our lives are. But here’s the thing… I’ve never fit into societal standards and my success was never going to look like this, no matter how hard I tried.
Making it, to me, looks more like showing up in all of my identities and being truly seen and heard.
Making it, to me, is sharing the hard parts of my story to connect with others on a deeper level.
Making it, to me, is being intentional with my time and who I spend it with, in both work and social environments.
Making it requires us to belong to ourselves and know who we really are and what we believe in. This will create the space we need to do life and be successful on our own terms. As artists/photographers, this looks less like compromising (our work, pricing, client base), and more like finding those people who believe in and connect with us through our shared stories, beliefs, and experiences, ultimately allowing us to create amazing work.
Cristal is a proud Queer Chicana feminist photographer. After getting two higher education degrees, she fell into wedding photography after seeing images of non-traditional couples doing things their own way. She felt a strong pull to document folks making decisions about what love looks like to them, and not compromising their values for societal standards, so she picked up a camera and found herself shooting a friend’s queer wedding 7 years ago. Since then, she got married and had an intimate wedding with her wife, complete with a backyard BBQ; chose to focus her business, Cristal Veronica Photos, solely on LGBTQ folks and people of color; and always feels super honored when folks seek her out as a photographer based on her niche.
Cristal’s work has been featured in Buzzfeed, F*Yeah Gay Weddings, H&H Weddings, and Catalyst Wedding Magazine. In addition to photography, Cristal also works in higher education. Cristal lives in San Francisco with her wife Shimina and furkid/rescue pup Magdalena; enjoys being a Tia; is constantly thinking of future tattoo ideas; wishes Tupac was still alive and making music; and is always craving sushi and donuts.