People often ask me, “How long have you been a photographer?”
And I try to look back and pinpoint a time in my life when I stuck my finger in the air and thought, “I will be a photographer!”
It obviously didn’t happen quite like that. Without realizing it, one thing led to another, and a big chain of events slowly took me to where I am in my life right now. Like everything in life, you don’t just jump to your destination, you just follow the road, sometimes not knowing where you want to end up.
Although, I can pinpoint one thing that led me to wanting to photograph things… Details.
I don’t think I like details because I am a photographer, I think I am a photographer because I like details. I think that is the biggest reason why I am so drawn to wedding, so many gorgeous and carefully selected details.
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.
And I will treasure it forever.