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Rising Stars: Meet Carlos Delgado III

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlos Delgado III.

Hi Carlos, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Back in 2013, I moved to San Antonio, TX from Bordertown Laredo, TX. It wasn’t until the following year that I discovered an itch for photography.

I would post photos I took and edited on my phone and almost everyone would ask me what camera or lens I was using. To their surprise, it was an iPhone 5. That’s when I became curious about photography and if I should invest in it.

Thing is, I already had a hobby or as some would say, a “creative outlet”. I remember sitting at the edge of my bed with my new camera in my hand not knowing what any of the buttons did or what ISO even meant.

I was clueless. That’s when I knew I had to make a decision to continue making beats and instrumentals or dive deep into learning photography. I looked back at my piano as it was a tough decision to put my music passion on pause while I dedicated my focus to this new passion that was rapidly growing on me.

I was determined to learn this to the best of my ability and I decided to not use “auto” on any of the settings on my camera till I felt I had learned my camera inside out. No crutches, just full-on sprinting. I’ve stumbled along the way, whether it was shooting a whole shoot with blown-out highlights, really underexposed photos, or doubting my abilities as a creative. Yet, I continued to push past them.

Two years into my journey I was asked to shoot a friend’s wedding. At this point, I was really confident in the skillset I’ve grown. As the wedding day went by, I learned something about myself.

I enjoyed being behind the scenes at a wedding. Capturing every moment that went by. Being the fly on the wall without interrupting the candid moments that will never come to pass again, as naturally beautiful as when they did.

It brings me joy in capturing these moments in life that will never repeat themselves. Oftentimes, I even catch myself smiling while editing and sometimes even shedding a tear in the moments I myself had the privilege to freeze in time.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, dealing with creative roadblocks and the challenges of comparing yourself to others’ success through social media was hard to overcome.

Sometimes it became hard to enjoy the process of my growth with the constant thought of, “I know I’m good at what I do yet they won’t hire me” “Why them over me?” or “I’ll never be that good.” This comparison was slowly eating away at a passion I grew to love so much. I was no longer enjoying being in the moment I was capturing, It started to become a competition to me.

Funny thing is, I was alone in this competition against people that had no clue I was trying to compete with. So, I took some time off and set my camera down for a little over a year as I knew this wasn’t healthy for me. Some may say this was a little extreme however, I felt the need to do this.

I wanted to go back to the passion I had when I started.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a wedding photographer, and I enjoy being the fly on the wall allowing every moment to flourish naturally. I’m proud of getting as far as I’ve come in my craft forcing myself to learn this on my own with no crutches.

For pushing through and doing what’s necessary to get back up from my failures.

What does success mean to you?
Growing past your failures no matter how difficult it was to get back up.

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1 Comment

  1. Katolina

    July 21, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Wow that’s awesome congratulations Carlos #GreatStory 🎉🎉

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