10K80 by Conrad Hoyt October 29, 2020
“The image that we create enhances that person to be bigger than life.”Ace of LA
Ace of LA, black Commes des Garçons tee on, black snapback faced backward, speaks from his studio in a reclined black chair.
As he speaks, it is clear he is reflecting on his journey, with a visceral understanding in a solemn tone that he always wanted to be a photographer, and thus was always going to be.
“I knew my purpose at a young age. And that’s what I wanted to do no matter what.”Ace of LA
Ace of LA is a photographer based out of Los Angeles. Born in Mexico, from an early age there was never any doubt about what he wanted to do.
“The changes that I went through defined who I was as a person.”Ace of LA
He dropped out of high school at an early age to become a photographer. And amidst family members and peers thinking it was a hobby, temporary, or just fun-and-games, photographer Ace of LA stuck with his craft because he knew it was anything but.
He started taking pictures of people he wanted to photograph; “people that gave you that magnitude in front of the camera…” He then transitioned into photographing models, often with no pay.
But Ace of LA doesn’t see free work as just that, because that endeavor is always going to end up in securing a bigger paid opportunity.
“That’s one of the biggest things to me, just knowing the value of yourself, what you bring to the table.”Ace of LA
Ace of LA has shot for Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Nipsey Hussle, and many more in his career. And he’s just getting started.
“We are in a never-ending journey,” Ace of LA says solemnly. There isn’t a day that goes by where he does not learn something new about himself and his craft.
“The only thing I can tell that young shooter is just to keep being hungry, keep wanting to create, and keep wanting to excel.”Ace of LA
Ace of LA’s ability to live in the moment enables him to stay grounded and focused on the task at hand. Treating every project like it is a big-budget blockbuster means he is always seeing the best work emanating from his eye and fingertips.
Stay tuned for more of his work and his fashion line here, and check out the rest of our Finally Focused series below.