Christina Ramirez On Coming Back to the Light(s)


“It’s hard to not be in your own head all the time.”

Christina Ramirez came back from burnout and tragedy with a new lease on her business mindset and her life.

“It was more than be being in a creative rut. I realized I was burned out.”

1:23 - It’s Been a Year

8:08 - Taking a Break and Grieving

14:12 - A Decision

16:13 - Emily’s Dad

18:58 - Back to the Lights

23:21 - Learning Again

26:52 - The Stigma of Silence

29:57 - Just Play and Give Yourself Some Grace

“I had to every day decide not to go down that rabbit hole.”

Last year I spoke with senior photographer extraordinaire Christina Ramirez about being in a rut. I was struck by her openness and her honesty. It’s one thing to talk about being in a rut after you’re out of it, but Christina was right in the middle of it and she laid it all out there. If you haven’t heard that conversation yet, I’d highly suggest you have a listen before you continue with this one. In any case, we sat down again at PUSH conference in Green Castle, Indiana for an update and, once again, Christina had quite a bit to share. This time, I was double struck. No matter which side of the rut you’re on right now, this one will be good for your soul, my friends.

Christina Ramirez operates a studio in downtown San Antonio, Texas. She left a job in corporate banking for photography 6 years ago and has been specializing in senior portraits for the last 4.5 years. Her love for all things colorful and bold has helped shape the photographic style she is known for yet she’s always seeking ways to grow and evolve and is the first to encourage others to do the same. Christina has a degree in education so teaching photography and mentoring is something she truly enjoys. She has had the honor of speaking at Senior Style Guide’s PUSH conference for 3 years, along with speaking at Conference 12, The Blink Conference and Reset Conference. Christina has been published in Senior Style Guide, Modern Teen Style, ShootProof Blog and has received numerous awards including Hot 100 Senior Photographer 5 years in a row including ICON status the last 3 years. She was recently named “Best Portrait Photographer in San Antonio” by Expertise for her 2nd time. Aside from speaking at photography conferences, mentoring and running her business, Christina is a dreamer, obsessed with self-help books and podcasts, is a travel-lover and married to her best friend.

“I’m getting inspired by things I’ve never been inspired by.”