When I was younger, I fell in love with movie soundtracks and listened to them non-stop. Growing up in Central America taught me the diversity of genres there are in the music world. My parents taught me everything from Latin music to the Bee Gees, one of my parents' favorites, and I also learned that my hometown of Managua, Nicaragua, didn’t have any particular musical influence.
During my senior year, I moved to Gainesville, Florida. Moving from a third-world country to Florida was a culture shock for me. I grew up talking in Spanish with my parents, and I wasn’t prepared to move to a small college town in Florida. But I adjusted, and one day one of my best friends asked me if I wanted to go to Atlanta to catch Hozier’s show. After seeing how committed his fans are to his music, I fell in love with attending concerts. That is still one of my favorite shows I’ve been to because of the energy and emotion Hozier brings to his music. My friend and I continued going to concerts and music festivals in Florida.
Eventually, I found out Vancouver Sleep Clinic was opening for Daughter in Orlando, Florida. At this point, though, I'd realized that going to concerts can be very expensive! I decided that I wanted to take photos for one of my favorite bands, but I didn’t have a portfolio or a publication to photograph for. My friend told me to send them a message through Instagram. I was scared to do it, but I took a step out of my comfort zone and sent a message to them. The next morning, I checked my messages and there it was: the band answered me and said yes! My photos were terrible, but I fell in love with music photography in that moment. Since that day, I've found that it is my passion to photograph musicians because this type of photography lets you capture the raw emotions of the moment.
I love attending music festivals because it expands my creativity—one of the perks of being a music photographer is capturing these kind of moments where everyone is united, just surrounded by the pure joy of music. Whenever I attend festivals such as House of Creatives and III Points Music Festival, I learn more about culture diversity, art, and how to never give up on my dream. Music helped me find my passion, and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.