CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Fonzie Munoz is Someone to Know not just because of the amount of work he does for area nonprofits, but also the nine years of hard work he put into getting his Masters in Photography.
"We started this together with a $200 camera," Munoz said.
With a $200 and a dream, Munoz and his family have converted what once was a side gig into a successful business.
"We've worked hard to be here. Hours and hours, and days and days," Munoz said.
All the hard work has paid off.
"I have a gift, and I'm really good at what I do, and it's my duty to share it with the community, and if it weren't for the community we wouldn't be here where we are today," Munoz said.
Munoz is the only photographer in Corpus Christi with the distinction of a Master Craftsman degree. He puts his talent to good use in a photography business on Alameda, but he also gives back by working closely with nonprofits, photographing anything from events to portraits.
"I just got selected to be on the Board of Directors for the Purple Poor, which is formerly the Women's Shelter," Munoz said.
Munoz is helping Jillian Williams, a 20-year-old college student who just started a nonprofit called Live-N-Leap.
"We just hit seven months running so we are very new, but we have big goals and plans to meet," Williams said.
"We're going to start a project, her and I, for her foundation," Munoz said.
Munoz photographed Williams for an art show she will host, and the funds raised will go to Live-N-Leap, which will provide for young adults who have cancer.
Williams has survived cancer herself.
"We're excited just to keep going and see what else we can do in Corpus Christi," Munoz said. "I love Corpus Christi, and Corpus Christi is my home."
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