As fairly new converts to the LDS church, my family immigrated to the US when I was just a pup. We found happiness in living among so many people that shared our beliefs, but Brazil never left our hearts. As a kid, I was really disturbed every time people called me Raquel. With tears in my eyes, I would run to my mom to say, "meu nome é Raquelzinha!" (meaning "my name is Raquelzinha", pronounced hah-keh-oo-zeen-yah). As a term of endearment, it means little Raquel. Though I am now "grown up", most would still agree that I am still little, thus "meu nome é Raquelzinha!"
I got my first polaroid camera when I was a preschooler. Even though it didn't work, it rarely left my neck as I "photographed" my new world. I got my first point and shoot when I was in elementary school and my first SLR in junior high. From Photography Editor and Editor in my high school days to newspaper photographer in my college days to hobby photographer throughout my world travels to incessant mommy photographer of my children, my obsession never stopped!
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