"Shot in studio matching the lighting to be placed on the outside background." Tracy Mendy, creative director; Academy of Glam, client.
"Personal. Big day at the beach, 4 models, 4 assistants, 5 hours shooting, 1 creative director and 1,000 people watching. Best portrait of the shoot." Vinny Araujo, creative director.
"A 1 hour set up, 3 assistants, 20 minutes with Josh Johnson, 7 shots and this is my favorite." Albert Dickson, creative director; Sporting News Magazine, client.
"Personal. From this action shot we ended up doing a whole series of five different athletes, sports and weather." Leonid Strukov, retoucher; Sam Robles/Leonid Strukov, art directors.
"Personal. Test shoot with incredible model Meaghan McKinney, the goal was to get a fresh athletic shot for our books." Vinny Araujo, art director.
"Isiah Thomas was awesome to work with; he gave me his best and in 20 minutes we made FIU campus look like a tropical paradise." Albert Dickson, creative director; Sporting News Magazine, client.
"An 8 minute set up, 20 minute shoot, 10 fighters and Mike Brown—WEC World Champion at the time." Delacour Benjamin, retoucher; American Top Team, client.
"Danillo Villefort at his gym practicing for his next MMA fight. He has a lot of energy and I captured it in this shot." American Top Team, client.
Duration: Four years.
Staff: For personal work it's almost always a collaboration with assistants, art directors, makeup artists, stylists, models, etc... I take personal work very seriously, so I like people to be around to collaborate. For commissioned work, it really depends on what it will take to get the job done properly.
Cultural Influences: Growing up in Brazil, moving to South Florida, playing and watching sports everyday of my life, watching how light shapes everything around me, watching the sunrise at the beach, looking at everything from different perspectives, listening to good advice, breaking a couple of rules and biking to work when possible.
Environment: I'm in South Florida and love the weather; commissioned work takes me to different places, and I love to travel. I have a studio few miles from home where I do all my testing, experiments, retouching, commercial work and shoot lots of different stuff just for fun—it keeps my creativity fresh.
Philosophy: Do what you love and have fun!