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CAROLINA SAINZ

My story

My life has been quite different from what I thought it would be. I grew up in Mexico and in 2002 I moved to Barcelona, I was 24. Eighteen years later I’m settled down in the city and have a family of my own.

The way I started in photography was pretty easy, I was 14 and my mum was attending a photography course at the local house of culture where we were living and one day I went into the darkroom with her and it changed my life, literally, forever.

My mum and dad where pretty engaged to film photography during their youth, there’s plenty of photos of them from their dating days and my childhood. One day I attended an exposition from a National Geographic photographer and it blew my mind, I was 16. I left a message in the guestbook asking the photographer for advice as I had no idea of where to go or what to do in order to learn professional photography, he called me that afternoon and we met the next day. I ended up studying at the prestigious Kodak in Mexico City, the most wonderful place I have ever been (I swear not even disneyland can beat what I felt by studying there). I was 17 by then and I remember being astonish by all the things I was learning.

Years later in 1998 I hit a smashing success: I became the first woman photographer working in a studio that belongs to the most famous newspaper in Monterrey, Mexico. By that time being a woman in a man’s world was really hard, I was turning 20 the same day I got the job; I made the best out of it and learned from my colleagues as much as I could for the next 4 and a half years.

In 2002 I traveled alone around Europe and during the trip I decided to start a new life. It took me 3 months after my return to be back in Europe. Barcelona was the city chosen for my new adventure, it was September the 9th when I landed in the city, I was 24.

Ever since my life has been full of adventures and challenges, painful at times, full of joy on others. Well, Life is a Journey they say and I have had the great opportunity to enjoy the ride.

Becoming a mum changed my priorities, my son is still a baby and I would like to enjoy his early years as much as I can; that makes me book only a few events during the year.

This website shows a part of my life but a very important one, my job has been my passion for decades and the more I photograph the more I enjoy what I do. I invite you to visit my galleries and drop me a line if you like what you see, I would love to hear your story.

And remember: Celebrate life, always.

 

HINTS

· Professional photographer since 1998.
· Based in Barcelona since 2002.
· I shoot digital and film.
· I lived in Bilbao for 2 years, I made amazing friends. I love Barcelona but the north is the best place you can holiday when in Spain.
· I used to be a workaholic.
· Knowing other people's stories is better than any book. I love that part of my job.

· Coffee is my morning drink (with oat milk).
· I crave orange juice.
· I love banana cake.
· I use to have a motorbike but now I prefer to walk.
· I walk, a lot, everywhere.
· Blue is my favourite color.

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