ABOUT ME

Photographer | Filmmaker | Writer

My Story

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved stories.

Growing up, one of the only ways to calm me down as a child was by placing me in front of the television with a movie playing.
 
Through the fusion of visuals, music and compelling narrative, movies served as the only thing that could motivate me to sit motionless and in-awe for hours-on-end. As my obsession for filmmaking never seized to diminish passed my elementary school years, I began to realize that while the compelling visuals drew me into consuming endless hours of film, what held my attention in a trance-like state, where the stories.
 
Stories told through the medium of film, challenged me, inspired me and molded me into the person I am today. Further, storytelling demonstrated how even the stories that differ from our own still bear the power to evoke the greatest sense of understanding and empathy for someone from a different background, culture or experience. More importantly, stories carry the ability to bind us to the complexity and beauty of the human experience.

“The story of one person is the story of everyone, and one man’s quest is the quest of all of humanity.”

PAULO COELHO

From stories sprung my love for the mediums that bring them to life — photography, writing, and filmmaking.

When I received my first camera when I was in middle school, for the first time in my life, I felt I could serve as a storyteller myself — to take my own experiences and express them through the visual landscape of photography.

Following years of learning composition, lighting, and testing out an endless variation of shooting techniques, I began my own photography business in the fall of 2015, Chaveli Photography, where for five years, I have had the honor of connecting and translating the stories of hundreds through my lens.

Through Chaveli Photography, I served witness to proposals, marriages, graduations, births, surprise reunions and many more. And with each photoshoot, came a different story, a new opportunity to connect with someone and capture the authenticity of their emotion and experience within a single frame.

With the growth of Chaveli Photography, I grew as well.

While continuing my work in portraiture, I began the journey of expanding my love for film, into an additional tool to tell the stories I bore witness to. Further, I began writing more and grew a desire to pursue a career in storytelling more than I ever had before.

For the last two years of my college career at the University of South Florida, a short mantra I wrote found its way into endless notebooks, sheets of paper and ongoing repetition in my head.

I am a photographer. I am a writer. I am a filmmaker. I am a storyteller. I believe in the power of stories. I believe in the power of people.

The short mantra carried me through sleepless nights spent editing, or studying for exams.

The short mantra pushed me through the occasional seasons when doubt would creep in.

The short mantra became a daily reminder of my purpose and who I am.

Then finally, in the summer of 2019, I took a leap of faith in leaving my hometown of Tampa, FL to move to New York City to further delve into my love of storytelling as a Master’s student at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

There, I honed in on learning how to capture stories cinematically through the mediums I love most — photography, filmmaking and writing.

And throughout that time, I realized that this business, this brand, can no longer go on solely utilizing one tool to capture stories, but rather expand to telling compelling narratives through photography, film, and writing.

Here’s to capturing more stories.