Today, we’re getting to know Angela Cardenas a little bit better! This is part of a series of interviews we will be having with KIKI members. If you would like to be interviewed go to our interview page and answer a few questions!
Website/ Blog: www.angelacardenas.com
Facebook Page: facebook.com/AngelaCardenasPhotography
1. When and how did the photography bug bite you?
I was a student and needed to fill some liberal art credits. Photography 101 was open and gave it shot. Little did I know it has been the best decision ever.
2. Your house is on fire, your family, equipment and pets are safe, but you only have time to take 2 items, what would it be?
A photograph of my mother and grandmother and my boyfriend’s guitar.
3. If you could have a conversation with anyone about anything, who would it be and what would you talk about?
Definitely with my grandmother. We would talk about my goals, my mistakes, my accomplishments, my dream, my struggles. I would ask her how is she doing and if she can show me how to make that delicious cake she used to bake when I was little.
4. What can you talk about for hours? (apart from photography)
Food. I love to cook and to come up with new recipes. Love to try food from different places and to make them at home. Also, how to make some recipes healthier. I just love food.
5. What makes you really angry?
I dislike being lied to and stood up. Not a good feeling.
6. You help an old lady load her groceries in her car; only to find out she is extremely wealthy. She wants to buy you something to say ‘thanks’. What would you choose?
Really? Even though it may be hard to believe I would choose a 135L canon lens.
7. What subject matter do you love shooting?
I enjoy boudoir, wedding and portraits. Learning now to photograph food.
8. If you could only take one lens on every shoot (even if you don’t currently own it), which one would it be and why?
I have to say the 50mm 1.2 . Great for portraits, great for smaller groups and close ups. I think is a versatile lens and love how fast it is.
9. If you had all the time in the world to do one photography project, what would it be?
To photograph the best dish of each country in the world…which will require traveling to each country. Fun right!
10. Have you ever had one of those embarrassing moments at a shoot? Would you tell us what happened and how you survived?
Oh, years ago, when I was first starting out, I went to cover a baptism and as I was walking to the church, I realized I didn’t have a single memory card. Luckily there was an electronic store a block away and got back in no time. But I did panic. Now I check my equipment more than twice before a shoot. Lesson learned.
11. What music do you listen to when you have to get through long hours of admin and editing?
I am all over the place when it come to music. I enjoy acoustic versions of songs, flamenco music or soundtracks of my favorite movies.
12. Which aspect of your craft are you the least and most confident in?
Least confident definitely business and accounting. My eye twitches just thinking about it but I try my best to learn how to it without driving myself crazy. The most confident, I have to say how to use natural light correctly and I have to say I am still learning. Shooting in natural light doesn’t mean only at dawn or dusk. It means shooting at all times and make it work.
13. When you have to make big decisions, which do you prefer? “Flipping a coin”, “Comparing the pro’s and con’s” or “going with the flow”.
It definitely depends on the decision that has to be made. I’m all about the reviews. If that’s not an option, I compare pro’s and con’s and ask someone to give me an objective feedback.
14. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
There are so many places I would like to go. I would love to go to Croatia. It has mountains, beaches, nice architecture, interested to try their food (of course) and know more about their culture.
15. Give a link to one of your recent shoots that you absolutely loved shooting? Why did you enjoy it so much?
It might not be a recent one.. but I definitely love everything about it, even though it was more like a styled shoot, I like it because it is not overly done with details, just the theme and the couple. I enjoyed each minute of it.