Normally, it wouldn’t be weird to meet a wedding photographer at a wedding. But talking about meeting people in large groups feels weird in these quarantined times. And she wasn’t the photographer at the wedding. Technically, she wasn’t at the wedding at all but I did meet her through a friend of a friend I met at a wedding. (yes its a stretch and if you have a better introduction I encourage you to send it in)
Either way, settle in, grab some lettuce and take a few minutes to meet Lesson Medrano.
EAA: When did you get to Austin?
Lesson: I was born in Austin! But I grew up in Georgetown, moved to Round Rock for a few years and eventually made my way back into the city.
EAA: I think you might be our first actual unicorn in the Spotlight Series.
Lesson: I hear it all the time
EAA: How did you get into photography?
Lesson: I love when I get asked this question, it’s not a terribly exciting answer but it brings up a lot of really good memories for me. I was obsessed with National Geographic magazines when I was younger, I’d spend hours just flipping through them looking at the amazing photographs and I loved the feeling I got whenever I came across a shot that was especially moving. I wanted to take photos that made other people feel like I did when looking at a picture. When I was 14 my dad bought a DSLR Canon Rebel, that I basically hijacked as my own, and that’s where it all started.
EAA: Who are your ideal clients?
Lesson: People who are excited. Excited about having their photo taken, having their product photographed etc. People who may not know anything about photography or the process but are excited to be investing in themselves.
EAA: What makes you different from other photographers?
Lesson: I’m not entirely sure how to answer that. I think I’m equally passionate about my work as I am about wanting to make people happy, I do all my own shooting and editing so that the quality is always consistent and I like to make sure each client knows that they’re my number one priority when working with them.
EAA: What would you recommend to people moving here?
Lesson: If you’re new here, the best way to learn the city is to just get out there and explore! I’ve from here and I’m still finding new exciting things to do.
EAA: Any charities or non-profits you want to give a shout out to?
Lesson: I have always supported the RED campaign and their fight to end AIDS in Africa. It’s an amazing organization and it’s so easy for anyone to purchase products and support the cause.
EAA: Seriously though. What’s up with the rabbit?
Lesson: [laughs] Best question yet! She’s my little buddy, her names Milly, she keeps me sane when I’m editing and is always down for late night carrot snack breaks.