It all began in 2006...
An extremely nice man with a Colombian accent and natural talent is what comes to mind when I think of Juan Botero. Did I mention a badass photographer? He has done photography for celebrities and businesses like JBalvin, Fonseca, Mana, Nickelodeon, fashion shoots and many portraits. The following interview took place in Spanish and via FaceTime due to the fact that he does not live in Texas. The following questions were:
1. When did you start photography?
JB: "It all started in 2006 when I was laid off of work and I realized I had to do something, I had no idea what I was going to do. I did not study photography."
2. What inspired this? How did you begin?
JB: "I had always liked photography. My dad was a photography aficionado. When I lived in Colombia, my dad had a gray Canon camera and I would borrow his camera. In 2007 the U.S. economy was really bad and when I lost my job I began to mobilize. When I transitioned into photography I started calling other photographer in order to get jobs and start "partnering up" for certain shoots. This time was the hardest period in my life as well as the happiest. During that period, I had small jobs."
3. Nowadays, What inspires you?
JB: " Fashion looks and Youtube videos inspire me."
4. What are your favorite type of photoshoots?
JB: "My favorite type of shoots are lifestyle and portrait. Even when I take pictures at a concert, I treat it like a portrait."
5. When did you start with JBalvin? Did he hear about you first?
JB: " Fabio Acosta who has worked with Mana and Fonseca worked on the radio. This was during the time I was working at Nickelodeon and he reached out to me because he liked my work and reached out to me. He is JBalvin's manager."
6. What was this experience like?
JB: " JBlavin was super nice to work with. I worked with hime for a year. Taking pictures at a concert is so different because each concert is unique. I was scared to step on stage at first."
7. How do you prepare for a shoot?
JB: " I talk to the models. I watch videos. I use my wife and daughter to help practice for photoshoots. I also recently just went back to Nickelodeon."
8. What is you favorite place to be?
JB: " My favorite place to be is in my car because I am thinking and dreaming about what I am going to do next."
The interview ended by casually taking about other things. I am very thankful. You can reach Juan Botero through his Instagram Juanboterophotography because his website is under construction.
Below are a few of his many pictures! Enjoy!