Tag Archives: Brazil

Self Portrait | Palm Beach Boca Raton Florida Photographer | Portrait

15 Sep

Here is something new! If you really know me, you know that self portraits are not my forte! :) But this one was different! Meet my mom, and 2 aunts (in this order). My aunts were here visiting from Brazil for 2 weeks and my mom just moved here from Brazil to stay closer to me and my daughter.

They all had tons of shopping to do… and one of their stops was MAC. So all 3 got their makeup professionally done!

So anyways… it was my job (and obligation) to do their self portrait! It was a horrible raining afternoon, so we had to improvise in the house!

So glad they were happy with the results! I’m so proud of them!

P.S. The leopard print… its just their thing! LOL

Get To Kno Me!

3 Apr

Many of you… my blog followers… my Facebook fans… clients… acquaintances… some friends… distant family members… know very little about me.

A friend of mine once told me that people want to know you [or at least think they really know you], and relate to you, your problems, your happiness…

Well, my friend… take a sit, grab a glass of wine, relax… and enjoy the ride!

[For the safety of my own and family… I might not disclose certain personal info such as names and locations – lot of creepy people out there! LOL]

Born and raised [up to my 16th birthday] in Brazil. Moved to Florida in 2000. We had nothing [my dad brought very little $ in his pocket for a family of 4]. Thankfully we had amazing friends/neighbors who helped us for months [even years]. We slept on the soft carpet for a long time. Other than groceries, the first thing my dad bought with the money he made working as a contractor was a TV. No furniture! Just an empty apartment, with blankets on the floor [our beds] and an amazing smell of garlic, onions and oil [my mom cooking!].

Mind you that we had a great life in Brazil, with an amazing [my second mom] maid, who worked for us for over 16 years! I still get teary eyes thinking of her!

I no speak engrish for a looong time! If you dared to give me a chance to talk to you… you’d better know sign language! [not the real sign language!]

My first job was at McDonald’s [We love to see your smile!] and I’m proud of it! I was promoted several times from the grill to the french fries! I quit because my boss kept on asking me to mop the floor everyday [Oh Boy! Things you do when you are a kid!]

At 18 years old I gave my life to Jesus [don’t stop readying! This will not turn into a religious subject – just get to know me!] I kid you not… my life was turned up side down – actually, I take that back and rephrase it – my life was finally turned down side up!

I was freaking out with all that was happening, but I knew I had made an important decision… and my life was never the same. I went thru ups and down… a lot of disappointments with the people who preached so highly about God and the church… but one thing kept me focused — and it was God Jesus – the One and Only – the One who has given me the strength all these years – the One who has provided all this time!

My  husband [then boyfriend] came along in 2003 [crazy little head! – all he wanted was enjoy life to the fullest – with his friends – not me! – remember… I’m just the “church girl”]. Little did he know that God had a plan! He also gave his life to Jesus – after a lot of prayer! Three years later, we were Mr. & Mrs..

Another three years went by and we were gifted with our little girl! She was born on September 1st, 2009. She is a blessing! I cant even see life without her!

In 2008… I got me a gift… I call her Miss Canon [she is my business partner! wink!] – with previous training and more training afterwards… I realized I had a talent – it became a part-time job!

It wasnt until last year that photography became my full-time job!

I’m no longer an illegal immigrant sleeping on the carpet floor. I no longer work for McDonald’s moping the floor or flipping hamburgers and french fries. I no longer cry out to God and assume His not listening… I am now a wife, a mom, a business woman… struggling everyday to provide for my family, to love my family… to be the best wife and mom I can be… I am the daughter of the King of kings. I’m a friend, I’m a sister, I’m a blogger, Facebooker

I’m not perfect, I’m human… I’m just like you… trying to strive all that I can to make my loved ones proud of me… to be able to pad on my shoulders and tell my own self – you are beautiful, you are smart, you are how you are meant to be… and I’m proud of you!

Despite all the trouble I’ve being thru, despite all the struggles I’ve gone thru [especially in the past few months]…

Im B.L.E.S.S.E.D

Partying like a BlogStar!

1 Apr

I wasn’t too sure about it… my friend from Oh Baby Boy by Clemens Design couldn’t wait! So I thought… I got a Blog, I’m a mom, I’m at home, I have a business… and I like to party!! So why not?!

5MinuteForMom is hosting the biggest blog party on the block! So get your neighbors, friends and party bloggers and join the fun!

I didn’t enter in their pool of prizes… but I sure entered to win it! LOL

So, a little about me:

*.* Wife to an awesome supportive hubs

*.* Mom of a beautiful lil girl

*.* Photographer to the celebrities people

*.* Christian – and extremely blessed

*.* Brazilian chica

*.* Blogger and Facebooker

*.* Here is my website > www.PhotosByRenata.com [in case you want proof that I can handle Miss Canon! Wink!]

*.* If I havent responded to your questions, ask me then! ;o)

Excited to hop around blogs! Hope to make some new friends!! If you are part of the party [or not] drop me a comment! Quick one… say – Hi!

If you are in South Florida [unless you pay for travel expenses!], count on me for your photography needs!!

Air kisses! Muuah!

Momma is in the house!

20 Mar

Sorry I’ve been MIA… even though I’ve being thinking about you [p.s. I wasn’t  told that blogging is addicting!]

My Mãe [Mom] is here visiting from Brazil! I couldn’t be more excited and happy and relieved and… [every good feeling in the dictionary]!

Besides being a great mother, she is a great mother-in-law and a great-amazing-loving-caring grandma!

She’ll be here until May [sweeeeet! I’ve got plenty of time for grown-up time with the hubs! – permanent babysitter! lol!] with her, she brought tons of merchandise from Brazil… which she is selling like crazy! She’ll be posting whats left over of her stock on her Facebook Fan Page – Oasis [check it out!]

So for now… here is a sneak peek of my mom! I’m sure you’ll hear more about her!

Nite Nite!

Reciprocal Love!

16 Mar

Could you be looooved, and be looooved?! * Could you be loved, wo now! – and be loved? [Bob Marley]

Thanks to my -amazing-talented-beautiful- friend I got Wednesday Love [literally]!

Clemens is an amazing party planner/designer, also a blogger, facebooker, student, mom and wife! Sigh… busy woman!

Today she wrote about MOI in her blog! I’m honored! Click here to check it out!

Sailor Party by Clemens

Here is how to find Clemens: * Facebook * BlogEtsy * Elo7 *

BahBye!

Fans! Keep on coming!!

11 Mar

Tah-Tah-Tah-Tah-Dah-Dah-Tah [that’s my daughter’s doll singing in spanish!]

Totally hurting my cheeks right now! Smiling so wide my dentist would run!

In celebration to reaching 200 224 Facebook fans! I would like to offer my fans.. and my fans only [that’s right! if you want this deal you better LIKE my page! Yeeeeaahhh Booooooy! – Flavor Flaaav!]…

20% Off a Portrait Session – it’s almost $35 off! Say Whaaat?!

Yup!! You must act quickly! This deal will run this weekend only [March 12 and 13, 2011] – Sessions must be schedule between March 14th and April 30th, 2011. Schedule a mid-week session and get another $10 Off!!!

Hurry! Send me an email!

On a different note… please keep our friends from Japan in your prayers, I can’t help but cry when I see the devastating images from this earthquake. Also pray for the Pacific Coast… my heart cries out for God to protect His people and comfort those who have lost their homes and loved ones.

Hugs and Kisses!