Wholehearted Wednesdays: How Photographer Bia Alvarez at The Likkle Bits Stepped Out Of Her Comfort Zone
Hi Bia! Tell us a bit about yourself and The Likkle Bits.
I’m a 20 something-year-old mom of a beautiful baby boy, photographer and a creative weirdo. I was born in Cuba but lived my whole life in the Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. The Likkle Bits is a lifestyle website for women who want to be inspired and empowered to live a more creative and fearless life!
How did you first get into photography?
I have always been the creative type. When I was 14 I got my first computer, it was a Dell desktop. It came with a photo editing software and that's when I discovered the world of editing.
I started out by changing my eye color to completely changing the look of the photos. This led to asking my parents to buy me my very first camera. It was a hot pink point and shoot camera and I was obsessed with it!
I used to have photoshoot sessions in my bedroom and use my cousins as my models. Even though I love the process of taking the photograph my true passion is post-production aka the editing part. If people can send me photos to edit all day I would do that for a living. In high school, I would spend nights watching videos on how to edit on photoshop, as a result my myspace pictures were popping back then which led to my friends asking me to edit their photos for them all the time. I love the transformation from a simple photo into something amazing.
Your photos on Instagram are absolutely stunning. Did you always feel comfortable taking photos of other people?
I used to be obsessed with creating a perfect theme but now I just post what I think looks beautiful. I like to think that whoever I'm shooting hired me because they like my style and work and that gives me a boost of confidence that I think resonates with anyone that I'm shooting.
How have you grown as a photographer?
I've become more mindful and present of my surroundings. Every time i'm out I'm always on the lookout for a piece of beauty in the most unexpected places. I’m always looking for a “good spot”. I've also grown to appreciate and respect the creatives of the world because I believe it takes a special eye to see the beauty of the world and mold it into reality through art.
How did you learn to step outside of your comfort zone?
A few years ago I would avoid any conversation that had anything to do with life goals because whenever I would go around family, friends, and strangers they would ask either one or two questions; “So are you going to school?”, or “Where do you work”? I was afraid people would judge me based on the fact that I never went to college and I worked from home. I didn’t follow the typical path of most of the people around me.
After some soul searching I realized that my problem was that I was just scared of what people would think of me. Being from a small place I felt as if I did anything that would make me stand out in anyway that people would react to it like “who does she think she is?”.
I came to the realization that all successful people go through this. It’s called putting yourself out there. It’s funny because once you open up and show the world who you really are, people are tend to support you more than you might think. Also, surrounding yourself with like-minded people was a huge game changer for me. Encouragement from peers with similar goals helped me tremendously.
If you were having a coffee chat with someone who was having trouble stepping outside of her comfort zone, what advice would you give her?
Think about what’s going to happen if you don't.
Two things I wanted to talk more about this year are patience and trust, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship and starting your own thing. How long did it take to get to where you currently are, and did you always believe that things would work out?
I’ve been on a personal development journey for about four years and I’m not the type of person to brag or talk about my development as a person, but I’ve read all the self-help books out there you name it, think and grow rich, rich dad and poor dad and the notorious Girlboss, I’ve listened to over one hundred podcast and I’ve read more blog posts than anyone I know and from all these great resources one thing I learned to be a universal truth.
You have to believe with all your being that whatever you set your heart to will come to be.
That all good things in life take time, so patience is key.
I’m no where close to where I wanna be but it took four years of learning and research to say I'm done with all the books, podcast and the blog post.
It’s now or never.
Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Bia! One last question before we leave, what does being a wholehearted woman mean to you?
Being a wholehearted woman means being as real and raw as you can be fearlessly especially in this loud social media world, being authentic is what everyone wants and need. Everyone is tired and bored of the picture perfect life, we all want to see something “different”.
Rapid Fire Q’s:
- A woman who inspires you: Brit Morin Ceo Of Brit & co.
- Nugget of wisdom you’d like to share with other women: “be weird, be random, be who you are. Because you’ll never know who would love the person you hide.”- C.S Lewis
- Best book you ever read: The power of Habit
- Country you’d like to visit: Japan