Alumni Stories

Maidelys Oberto

Digital Photography

Self-employed Photographer
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Maidelys Oberto

[At The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale], I learned to deal with different clients—and how to appear more approachable to big clients. Maidelys Oberto , Self-employed Photographer Associate of Science in Photography, 2016 , The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Self-employed Photographer

Maidelys Oberto is working as a self-employed photographer. She recently completed a photography internship for Project Runway Fashion Designer Amanda Perna (The House of Perna). She photographed clothing against a white wall, then headed out to take candid and editorial photos of the clothes. She also edited the photos for publishing. Two days a week, she also teaches a basic photography course—and in addition, she checks in residents and guests at a local condominium.

Her photography experience includes working as a portrait photographer and yearbook photographer at Prestige Portraits by LifeTouch. She admits that the biggest challenge she faced when starting out was creating pricing and choosing locations to meet with clients. “I affiliated myself with a studio—and [through my] business class at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, I found out my value and how to charge.”

Maidelys adds that her hard work has resulted in many returning clients—she says that she always makes sure that she leaves clients wanting more of her photos. She believes that the more clients she gets, the more creative she becomes. “I grow when I work with others and see their point of view. Seeing my work in websites makes me happy and helps me to grow as a photographer.”

She realized that her work was valued when she began to teach others about photography. Maidelys mentions that working in groups is exciting and helps her to cultivate a creative environment. “When you have a dream team established, you work more efficiently and it's more of a fun time than work.”

Maidelys, who in 2016 earned an Associate of Science in Photography from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, says that her education provided a solid business foundation. “I learned to deal with different clients—and how to appear more approachable to big clients.” She says that photography is a challenging career and that sometimes opportunities will be missed. “Something else will come around that can boost your career. So make sure you're ready the second time around. “

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