Nice to Meet You!

Nice to Meet You!

And here we are! My first blog post as the owner of Fig Leaf Photography! It has been 3 years in the making. I can finally check off “have a website for my photography business” from my very long to-do list! What else is on my list you ask? More on that in a bit. But first, let’s start with the name!

What’s in a name?

Hi there! I’m Vanessa Figueroa, owner of Fig Leaf Photography. It’s very nice to meet you!


The name “Fig Leaf Photography” is a combination of several branches of my life that are important to me. (See what I did there?) “Fig” is short for my last name. And as much as I love my name, I could not force people to say “Figueroa Photography”, much less “Vanessa Figueroa Photography”. That just seems like a mouthful. And like my name, my family is very important! This brought to mind my family tree. Family trees are about roots, history, and growth. I’m also a Taurus, which is an earth sign. So it makes sense that the trees, leaves, roots appeals to me. And it’s no coincidence that recycling is very important to me.

How do we tie these all together? Stay with me a little longer. (haha) Taking pictures is basically documenting history. A-ha moment! This is what I wanted to do! This is my passion! Preserve memories! Document people’s lives! So then BAM!! “Fig Tree Photography” popped into mind. Great, right? Nope. That name was already taken. Not to fret! Turns out that “Fig Leaf Photography” was the better solution.

As important leaves are to a tree, so are my clients. All of my clients are important to me. And my passion for preserving history is what drives me to do the best I can to preserve the memories and history of my clients. That includes constantly learning this craft of mine in order to do just that. We have this one life and what better way to prove we lived it than by documenting it.

My to-do list was long. So back to my to-do list. It WAS long. First item on the list, take pictures! My very first session was my brother in law’s courthouse wedding. I will definitely blog about that another time. But I was so nervous! But I had a ton of fun!! And it was such a learning experience! I’ve done two other small weddings since!

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Next on my list was learning my camera’s capabilities inside and out, check!

Practice on more people, check!

Start charging for my services, check!

Register my business, check!

Create a website, check!

And here we are! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I loved sharing! And I hope that you are considering documenting your own history and more importantly, that you’ll consider becoming a leaf on the tree of my photography journey!


Vanessa Figueroa


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