Whats your favorite lens or camera you like to use?My favorite lenses that I like to use are 85mm or 70-200mm lens.
As for cameras, I don't really have a favorite but I have been team canon since day 1.
How do you construct your concepts for your photography?
Mood Boards - If I have an idea that i like or a visual that inspires me I gather it all up and kind of like a puzzle try to piece it all together for a shoot concept.
Where are you from and why now Chicago?
I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. After high school I moved to Chicago all with the intention to make my way to New York City. Two years ago I finally packed up all my things and headed out to the eastcoast and happy to say that I am a New Yorker now.
I'm obsessed with your lighting in your photos, is there a ton of time spent in the editing process?
Thank you so much! The color lighting I use in my photos are like color recipes that come to life on set. It's kind of hard to explain but it literally feels like a math equation that I am solving on set. The goal is always to find the best light to accentuate the model, makeup, clothing all of it. A good amount of time is spent in the editing process but its more of a matter of editing, taking a step away from the image, to come back and do final touch ups. As a retoucher my personal goal is to add that finishing touch to make the photo pop - whether that is by accenting the highlights or giving color a little boost.
What will be next for photobyayala?
Traveling and continuing to expand my network - This summer I have planned a Photo By Ayala Summer Session Tour which is a first for me. I love to shoot so when I travel I want to be able to connect with as many people as I can that like and appreciate the work that I do. Im thankful for all the clients and models I've shot with that really believe in my vision. The Photo By Ayala summer session tour will start in my hometown KCMO, then I'll make my way to Los Angeles, and I'll end it in Chicago - so be on the lookout for me. I plan is to do tours like this more consistently and to hit up other cities/countries in the future.
Do you have any tips for any aspiring photographers?
Just keep shooting! Make it a goal to shoot until you feel like you found your niche. Collaborate, work on projects, keep yourself active, put yourself out there, and network. The best thing about any craft, in my opinion, is naturally people with the same interests will gravitate towards you when you are doing something you love and are passionate about. It will be hard you will get rejected but use that to learn and grow.