Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, I've always been a very easily inspired kid. Especially artistically.
I wanted to sing, dance, write music, be in a band, take photos, paint... I tried all of it! Pretty much a normal kid, I'd say.
I started English classes at a pretty young age. I didn't love it at first, but as I grew older I found myself liking it more and more. I made lots of friends to practice my English.
I finished high school and started massage therapy classes with my best friend. I couldn't quite decide what I wanted in life so I quit when I was almost finished with it. After that I was in and out of jobs, one job completely different than the other.
At the age of 24 I decided I needed a BIG change in my life and I went to New Jersey as an exchange student and a nanny. I studied Interior Design, English and Photography. I guess I don't need to say which one I enjoyed the most.
After two years in New Jersey, my boyfriend from Oklahoma visited me and proposed in front of all my friends. I was super surprised!
So I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and shortly after that we got married. It was the most magical day of my life, it was beautiful and intimate, full of love and happiness. He is my best friend.
Moving to Tulsa was a big change, and it inspired me a lot, especially with photography.
On my first birthday in Tulsa, I got a Canon camera from my sister in law and started taking tons and tons of photos, until I made enough money to upgrade to a better camera. So I did. Again and again until I got to where I am.
I recently fell in love with film photography.
I'm also the co-founder of a handcrafted jewelry line called Culture Tulsa. I am a (attempted) health freak, a workout addict, a cat lover (mostly my own), a traveler at heart, a follower of Christ and of course... a wedding photographer.
I am complicated and very simple, all at the same time. But most importantly... I am... ME.
My Photographer Story
I can honestly say I have always been a photographer. Even in my early years, I'd grab my uncle's super cheap digital (no LCD) camera and instead of just photographing landmarks from my trips to Curitiba, I wanted to go with my cousin to the park and photograph details and pose her for photos. I remember trying to get close-up shots of mushroom and flowers, and getting frustrated when I got home and saw the photos on the computer, because the right colors and details wouldn't show like I had envisioned in my head.
When I was about 19 years old, I borrowed my uncle’s professional film camera and bought two rolls of film.
I was terrified and excited at the same time when I got my scans back. I didn't want them to be horrible photographs and I didn't want to have to give up the idea that I had the talent to become a professional photographer one day (I've always been a dreamer). To my surprise, almost of of the photos came out pretty good for my first time EVER holding a real camera I had no idea how to work. I was so thrilled!
I officially had fallen in love with photography.
From that point on I took photos every time I had the chance to. I was still living in Brazil, and since I didn't have much money to buy a camera, I always borrowed my friends' or a family camera. And they were always impressed with the photos I had taken with their simple little cameras.
The story goes on and on, and here I am in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with my photos often being graciously complimented and just as often being referred to as a professional photographer; With people calling me, wanting me to photograph their most important moments, their children, weddings, engagements… and I am SO… SO… SO humbly thankful for everything that God has given me and the talent that he has placed inside of me.
Today photography is so imprinted in my life and in who I am. It’s my job and it’s my passion.