I’m Renata, the portrait mama
And I’m thrilled that you found me here in my San Diego home. Originally from Brazil, I have been in the United States for a long time now and am happily raising my family here.
I am a mom of two little boys who have their life well-documented. Being the mom to two kiddos under age two requires a lot of caffeine, but I wouldn’t trade this wild time of life for anything! It’s my dream come true.
My amazing husband supports me in all my ideas as we navigate this craziness together. He even acts as my assistant and personal photographer sometimes! And in case the boys didn’t provide enough chaos, we also have three fur-babies, Sandi, Miss Marie and Miss Ada.
Photography has always been a love of mine, but it wasn’t my career initially. I am actually a scientist by training!
I grew up knowing that I wanted to work as a doctor or in some other medical career. I went to school to become a pharmacist, but something happened as I prepared to graduate from pharmacy school.
The graduation invitation was a booklet, and the first page was full of photos of the graduates as toddlers. Each of us was supposed to submit an adorable picture of ourselves at that age.
I started to search through my parents’ photo boxes and albums for the perfect picture and came face-to-face with an enormous disappointment.
There were almost ZERO pictures of me that weren’t blurry, fuzzy, and unrecognizable.
It turns out that, although my dad loved gadgets and getting new cameras, he was not the best photographer! I was so frustrated that there were no good photos anywhere to show what a wonderful childhood I’d had.
So I made a promise to my future self and my future children. I promised that I would document their lives in detail, so they could look back at their childhood and show it off to their own children.
It was the first time I felt strongly about keeping memories alive through images.
After grad school, my interest in photography grew. I started to study it more seriously, with my dog as my favorite subject. My first professional venture was as a second shooter at weddings. Soon, I knew that I wanted to do this photography thing all the time.
My business was born in a spur-of-the-moment decision. I was completely naive and didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I had a deep desire to learn newborn photography.
I really wanted to take a certain newborn photography class. But all participants had to have a registered, legal business to enroll. It was non-negotiable. Scrambling, I got all the pieces in order and officially launched my photography business in 2016 so that I could take the class. And that was that!
‘Now, I spend my days capturing beautiful moments for newborns, families, and rockstar mompreneurs. I value this opportunity to help families document their important, special moments and help small businesses grow.’
what I believe in
Motherhood is the hardest yet most rewarding job you’ll ever have
Your time (and the time spent with your family) is your most valuable asset
An image IS (truly) worth a thousand words!