Born in the early 90s in Curitiba, Brazil, I spent a good chunk of my life behind a computer. Weekends on end connected to dial up, on IRC chat rooms and surfing the web.
Before selfies were a thing, I was taking them with a TekPix keychain camera and applying Photoshop effects to them before posting them to my flog, and later on, to my Orkut page.
I had a blog and posted pixel art dolls that I made using Paint and Animation Shop... and yes, I drew them pixel by pixel
Until the computer maintenance guy saw what I was doing and gave me a book on Photoshop 4.0.
At that point Photoshop 6.0 was already out, but I didn't get it until 7.0 came around.
I learned basic HTML using a huge book my mom kept with the encyclopedias I was allowed to use for school research, and the lovely Microsoft Front Page, before I got my hands on Macromedia DreamWeaver. I built a lot of table based pages on GeoCities before I learned how to Blig, Blogspot, WordPress and cPanel.
I bought my Canon during my first year in New York, thinking about following the footsteps of so many of my family members, talented photographers. Then, life took me to Arizona, where I stumbled back into the tech scene—and guess what? I climbed that corporate ladder, diving headfirst into web design.