Local portrait photographer Mariah Trevino captures both the inner and outer beauty of each of her subjects through her diverse portrait work. Mostly using women models throughout her ever-growing portfolio, Trevino's work feels intimate, natural and inviting with her use of muted tones and natural settings. I spoke with Trevino more about her work via email as follows.
How did you get started in photography?
Mariah Trevino: I’ve always been drawn toward photography since a young age. I remember my friend and I telling each other we both wanted to be photographers when we were around 12. However, I didn’t get my “big-girl” camera until 2019 when I originally got it to document travels. Slowly, I started collaborating with local models and that’s how it all began!
I understand your career has been quite a journey so far, including the decision to buy an RV and quit your job in the midst of a pandemic! Tell me more about what’s led up to where you are in your photography career today.
MT: What led me to where I am now in my photography today is due to all the great people willing to collaborate with me along the way! It's allowed me to really hone my craft, so to speak. I’m also always pushing my creative limits and trying to improve and learn new techniques, whether it be in the editing process or when shooting!
Where are your favorite places to shoot?
MT: I would say my favorite place to shoot is anywhere with lots of lush greenery! All my close friends know I love spending time in nature. When I can incorporate it in my shoots I always do!
I noticed you’re willing to travel to clients for shoots. How has travel or willingness to travel affected your photography or client base?
MT: Unfortunately, I haven’t been traveling much for clients, as I haven’t developed that kind of clientele, yet. However, I am looking forward to the day when I do!
Do you do most of the styling for your clients or models? Would you say that most of your portrait sessions are pretty collaborative?
MT: I generally let the models style themselves for the shoots, but I give them a mood board for what style wardrobe I’m looking for. However, sometimes I will provide the wardrobe. I’d say 80% of my shoots are collaborative. I love for other people to have a creative say in what goes into the shoot!
What makes for a good portrait? How do you keep things creatively fresh while shooting portrait photography?
MT: 100% good lighting, wardrobe, and poses! I think the key to keeping your work creatively fresh is to look for inspiration everywhere you go. It’s crazy how much just going for a drive around town can get me out of a creative rut.
What drew you into portrait photography?
MT: What truly drew me to portrait photography is how much freedom there is creatively, and being able to create and connect with other people.
What are your favorite subjects to shoot?
MT: I love shooting with models and couples! Landscape photography always has a place in my heart, as well.
What are your go-to pieces of equipment?
MT: I like shooting with my 35mm 1.8 or 50mm! As for my camera body, I shoot on the Sony A7Rii, and always keep my 3 point lens star filter on hand.
Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like to share?
MT: I do! I'm going to be on a road trip for a couple of weeks and will be collaborating with some people along the way, so stay tuned!