I am the child of immigrants and if you know anything about what it’s like to come to a country with nothing but the clothes on your backs, you will understand why the Yashica 35mm camera my father owned was one of his most prized possessions.
It took me till 13 years old to convince my father that I was mature enough to hold it and take my first photographs on a family vacation to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Lucky for me, my mother had the habit of tipping the camera up or down when she snapped a photo - inevitably cutting my dad’s head or feet off in every vacation photo she took.
You know when something feels right the very first time you try it? I was captivated by the technology, the feel of the camera in my hands, but even more so, by the act of “story-telling” in the click of a shutter. That was it, a shutter clicked in me and story-telling became my passion. When I was honored by the Carl Duisburg Society Scholarship to study Fine Art in Berlin, Germany - my parents offered me what any 19 year old Cuban American girl in Miami wanted - my own apartment and a chevy Camaro - if I'd only stay. Well, "No way!" I said and though I appreciated their apprehensions but passion is passion and off I went and I've never looked back.
I have invested all of myself in the art of story-telling and this branched into different mediums. My portfolio attests to some of the work I've done and if you'd like to work with me and or one of the people I've trained, please reach out. There's a lot more to me than this website and I also love meeting new people and hearing your stories!
And it all started - graciously, magnificently - at the Kennedy Space Center… taking a photo of my father, mother and brother standing beside an astronaut’s spacesuit… using my dad's prized Yashica.
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