My Drive to Be the Best That I Can Be

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As a young boy in elementary school, it was discovered that I have a learning disability that affects my reading abilities. One teacher even told my mother I would never amount to anything in life. When I was 13 years old, I started working with my uncle as a second assistant. I immediately loved photography and worked every weekend I was allowed, just to learn more. I eventually worked my way up to assistant, second shooter, then finally, I had my own team and I was the main photographer! I was booking, shooting, and editing my own jobs. Finally, after several years, I decided it was time to leave the comfort of my uncle's safety net and branch out on my own. I wanted to work on new and different projects that his company didn't specialize in.

Will Cadena's Gear:

Canon 1DX

Canon 16-35mm 2.8 USM II

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3- RT

Chimera Octa 2 Beauty Dish Collapsible

Westcott 43" Apollo Orb

I am still not the strongest reader you'll meet, but I haven't ever let it stop my drive to learn, and be the best I can be. I am blessed to have a business that is slowly growing and becoming a trusted name in photography. I think my so-called disability has helped me to understand that we all learn in different ways, and are strong at different things. I love to share what I have learned with anyone who has the same passion for the art of photography as I do. And, I am grateful to the teacher who said I would never amount to anything. She taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to, no matter what others may think.

2014 was an amazing year for Will Cadena Photography. I made some amazing contacts, many of whom I now consider friends. I also got to marry my best friend. With her by my side, and our puppy at my feet, I know I can conquer any challenges that come my way.


 



 

Will Cadena is a high-end photographer who breaks the rules of traditional photography by creating a modern, edgy, fashion, photojournalistic style. Combining his international commercial and fashion photography experience with the style and personality of his clients give their images the look of a magazine cover without retouching. 

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  Hi Will, I just read your article and I loved hearing your story!!  It was very inspiring for me. I also shoot with a 1D X and that camera is  

  awesome. I am a semi-professional sports photographer from Leominster, Ma. I shoot mainly for our local newspaper right now.

   I hope to someday shoot college sports. If I keep on pushing and learning I know that I have a good chance to make it there some day.

   Thank you for sharing your story!  Your work is awesome!!

    Have a great day!

    Gary Fournier