Referred to by the media as being a "Modern Day Renaissance Woman", Denise Vasquez is a published photographer, artist, author, comedian, actress, and singer/songwriter/guitarist based in Yucca Valley, CA.
Born and raised in New York City, Denise left home at the age of seventeen and has been traveling the world since. Having lived in Scotland, London, the US Virgin Islands, and California, her experiences have led her to share her journey along the way through art, writing, music and photography.
Denise became permanently disabled due to a work injury, ending up in a wheelchair for three years, but that didn't stop her from connecting with nature & photographing the outdoors.
While exploring many places, she soon discovered that the world is not accessible to everyone. After spending a lot of time, money, and traveling to parks that were not as accessible as they claim to be, rather than be angry, disappointed and frustrated, Denise founded and created The Disabled Photographer Project & How Accessible Is Accessible Youtube series. She began making videos, writing blogs, Participating on panels & consulting with parks about what improvements could be made while bringing awareness about the importance of the world being accessible & really inclusive to everyone.
now that she is back on her feet, she is still learning to live with having an invisible permanent disability while pursuing her dream as a travel photographer.
Denise's photography focuses on sharing accessible places as she experiences it through her lens & when she discovers locations to be unreachable, She uses her telephoto lens to bring the places to her. Denise takes pride in applying mindfulness to her techniques when doing photography, doing single exposure photography, and showing her audience colorful moments as they really occur.
Her photography has been published in SDVOYAGER, Big bear guide, National Geographic Yourshot, Canon Photo Plus magazine, on the covers of About Town Magazines, Dreamy Magazine, Malvie Magazine, examiner.com, Redbubble, and Fine Art America.
exhibitions that have showcased her photography include: the yucca valley film festival art exhibit, the Southwest Environmental Center (Las Cruces, NM), cleanwave.org, San Diego Fair Exhibition Of Photography, Museum Of Ventura County Smith Pavillion, and La Bodega Art Gallery.
Denise contributes her photography to many platforms & you can find licenses for some of her work at Adobestock, Shutterstock and istock by Getty Images.
Her resume also includes being an author at Penguin Random House, actress at SAG-AFTRA, Content Creator, Consultant, and Founder of The Disabled Photographer Project and How Accessible Is Accessible series, a writer at Lonely planet, stand up comedian, host, creator & promoter of: WO+MEN 4 APPLAUSE comedy & music variety shows, WO+MEN 4 A CAUSE events, Ladies Night Music Festivals I-VI, Creator & Moderator of panels at San Diego Comic Con, and she has also participated on panels for yucca valley film festival, Parks Accessibility conference, Portland art museum, Conventions in Germany, Atlanta, Texas, Chicago and more!
Denise's art has been published by Her Universe, Hot Topic, Disney, Topps Trading Cards, DK Publishing, The Art Hustle Trading Cards, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Breygent Marketing, and her music has earned her awards, nominations and she has 3 published albums on iTunes, apple music, spotify, amazon music.
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