Hi, I’m Imelda and I’m a photographer in San Francisco.
When I was a kid I loved drawing (a ruler was my best friend) homes and I wanted to be an architect. Yeah, a bit like George Costanza. I eventually discovered I needed to know math and that dream died because I can’t do math to save me.
In school, I never really connected with other art mediums like sculpting, painting, drawing (ruler, please!), etc. They didn't sound appealing to me because it was intimidating creating something out of a blank piece of paper or a blob of clay. No thank you.
I enrolled in a photography class in high school and ended up really enjoying it! I learned the basics by borrowing my aunt's camera for the class and loved the anticipation of seeing the end product. Digital wasn't really a thing yet (yes, I'm that old!) so I was shooting and not knowing how the photo looked until I developed my film. I loved printing my own photos and seeing the image appear before my eyes when I placed the photo paper in the developer. I never had a problem with hanging out in a darkroom developing my work for hours.
After high school, I enrolled in a few other photography classes in college for fun and even took some local photo classes when I moved to San Francisco. I loved learning more about photography and being around other photographers. I loved when we shared our work because it was so fun seeing the photos other students captured.
I was so happy to have a creative outlet!
Sunset Shutterbug was officially born in 2006 after my aunt had mentioned that my photos might make for interesting greeting cards. I opened up and Etsy shop and sold prints and greeting cards.
My relationship with photography has had its ups and downs, but I’ve always come back around to taking out my camera and taking photos.
Fast forward to 2018, I felt a calling to do something beyond selling my photography and had my A-ha moment! What if I helped people with their photography? And so I’ve decided to shift my primary focus of selling my art to helping others take better pictures.
It's my mission to help people know they can take great photos with whatever camera they have, even if it's their smartphone or a point and shoot camera. I love documenting the uniqueness of everyday life and hope to help people see the beauty, humor and joy of the world through photography.
And that’s a little about me. When I'm not taking photos, I'm playing board games, going to theme parks, cooking delicious food or getting my fitness on at the gym.
More to come!