I don't have any romanticized version of my story with photography. My parents never had a fancy camera that I could play with, I took photography classes back in college but it was always so rushed, my dad knew how much i wanted a digital camera and selflessly, instead of buying a family camera, he gave me my very own camera.
Photography has always been a part of my life, and over the years I came to appreciate it more and more, wishing I had a "nice camera" and knew how to use it.
Well, that finally happened, and despite my friends telling me I was talented, I didn't have enough confidence to expose myself as an artist. My whole life I struggled with low self-esteem and depression, so it was hard for me to believe sometimes, that I was worth something or that I would be capable of doing something as beautiful and meaningful as the photographs I've seen around.
I decided to turn the focus away from me, I started to gift my friends with my pictures, because I always wish my friends that know how to photograph, would take a few pictures of me once in a while (not a photo session), so I decided to do to others what I wish would be done to me. My friends were really pleased with my pictures and when I realized, I had my portfolio.
Being a mom I understand more than ever the importance of documenting life. I love to look back at family pictures and compare myself to my baby. I love to see places we visited, people that are no longer among us, but most importantly, the emotions that these memories bring back.
With my talent, I want to give voice to those oppressed by violence, disease or disability.
It's been a long journey overcoming my struggles and fears, and finally rediscovering myself.
I'm a mom, I'm a wife, I'm a daughter, I'm a friend, I'm an observer. I am a photographer.