Manny Ortiz Podcast Pierre T. Lambert

Manny Ortiz On Dealing with Imposter Syndrome, Going From Cop To Photographer, Balance and Dangers of Photography & YouTube


That perfectionism sometimes can work against you because now you want everything to be perfect. Now you sound like a robot, look like a robot. And people are just desensitized to that. They want to see real and they want more organic. So I tell myself, ‘If I mess up right now, it's probably going to be a better viewer experience than me trying to be perfect.

– Manny Ortiz

Manny Ortiz is a Chicago-based portrait photographer who inspired millions around the world. He became passionate about photography when his wife became pregnant with their first child. He then quickly taught himself photography while working as a police officer, and soon earned enough traction to pursue his passion full-time.

He boasts more than 250,000 followers on Instagram, and more than 675,000 followers on Youtube.

In this episode, Manny discusses dealing with imposter syndrome, balancing his work with family obligations, and why he embraces mistakes.

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Show Notes

  • Manny’s previous job. [01:44]
  • Becoming a photographer. [02:22]
  • Getting better at it. [06:38]
  • Manny leaves his day job. [08:55]
  • Feeling awkward behind a camera. [16:19]
  • Getting into portrait work. [21:41]
  • Managing workload. [23:15]
  • Predictions about the next 5-10 years. [31:22]
  • How Manny inspires himself. [39:31]
  • Manny’s relationship with social media. [45:44]
  • Photography and being a father. [47:03]
  • Beginners’ mistakes. [51:31]
  • Manny’s future business plans. [58:00]
  • Manny on social media. [01:02:14]

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