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Shooting for Salinas do Maragogi was a dream job. Spending time in paradise with my family was even better! The Northeast of Brasil is the land of perfect weather, delicious food, amazing landscapes, and the friendliest people you could ever meet.  I’ve visited a few times, and each time has left me wanting more. Here are some images from our last summer adventure.


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They were surprised, then thought it was funny, when I said “Disperse!” as they crowded together for the family picture.

In every session, there’s that moment when the family starts feeling like they can just be themselves and do what they do, without the pressure of posing for a portrait… and that’s when my work really starts.

Here are some of my favorite images from this session. This family’s energy was so positive and light. They are the type of clients who keep me wanting to do more of what I do!

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I had a free afternoon…  It was the perfect time to go out and explore new places with my family, friends and my camera. It was like traveling far away but within a short drive. Nature, people and photography make life so enjoyable! I can’t believe I’ve lived here for so long and had never seen these amazing caves just a few minutes from my house. There’s no place like California:)


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Every once in a while I put myself in my clients’ shoes and spend some time on the other side of the camera.  This time I made a conscious effort to really do what I ask of all my families: Truly enjoy that time with my children  and  trust the photographer to capture us as we are.  It turned out that this session with no make up, wet hair and no special clothes gave me some of my favorite images with my kids.  What makes these images so meaningful to us is that they are only a little bit about how we look, a A LOT about how we feel.


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So for all of my clients out there, here’s proof that I know how you feel in front of the camera:)  And as a family photographer, I’m not in the business of making you look like a model. I’m in the business of documenting what you already are: a super model to those who matter.

Thank you Noel Besuzzi of Bosh Images for these “super model” images of me and my babies:)

(Noel is using these to promote her mother’s day fundraiser for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Please visit their website to understand how our local marine life needs our support now more than ever.)