I think it’s been six or seven years since I started working with photography, although maybe five with fashion. Before I got into fashion I used to work in events and as a graphic designer intern simultaneously. At the time I co-founded a company that used to capture events here in Rio. That was a really important step for me because until then I had never seen photography as a way to make a living. One of my partners and friend, who invited me to start this business, was the one who made me believe it was possible to live through photography.
The first contact I had with fashion was after taking pictures of a workshop at Instituto Rio Moda facilitated by a Brazilian stylist. There I met the first photographer I assisted. She invited me to assist her in an editorial with a Dutch female model that was around for Rio’s fashion week. That day I asked her if I could bring my own camera and she said it was okay. I did something stupid and snapped some pictures while assisting her at the same time she was shooting (yes, I know…). I only understood how wrong that was years later. Anyway, that day I fell in love with that experience.
Some time later I was still with my company capturing events and still working as a graphic designer intern, but little by little I started to pay more attention to fashion and as an assistant. Everyday I studied and read about photography, fashion photography, looked at references and stuff. Frequently at my internship I caught myself all day looking at references in Tumblr. I wasn’t even aware of what ‘references’ stood for; I just liked to see those beautiful images and thought I could create something just as beautiful someday.
After a while, small brands and friends started asking me to shoot for them. And years later I was working with some of the biggest brands in Brazil. I wasn’t seeking these big jobs but I couldn’t refuse the opportunities that were presented to me. In fact, I struggled a lot because I stopped assisting really soon. Half part of me wanted to keep assisting more (a lot more), but the other half accepted these challenges, which helped me grow as a professional. After my father’s passing in February 2012 I felt obligated to take on more responsibilities in my life and to be more professional.