Exploring and documenting new areas of Panama: living in Santa Ana neighborhood

What I love about photography, is the constant appearance of new people and settings for each photoshoot; this makes the experience super exciting, and the way I see it, is to always try to focus on the client’s very personal environment.

Most of the clients I have are also good friends, or turn into an interesting new level of friendship.

This is the case of my friend Lili. I met her through the Theater Guild of Ancon, the magic place where all begun thanks to my husband, where I first got the opportunity to experiment my photographic skills with people during non-profit theater productions, where I met my first clients, and where I always have fun and feel at home.

Lili is part of this community, where she sometimes helps out mostly with costumes and make up. I got to photograph her randomly during Point Break Live Panama production, she loved the photo I took of her, and asked me to capture more photos that captured her essence the way she saw in that photo.

For me this is the most flattering request, since the whole idea behind my photos is to express a very personal essence or moment, so I was really happy to do it. Plus she lives in a very interesting area of Panama’s downtown Casco Viejo / Santa Ana, so for me was going to be one of the most exciting photoshoots, capturing her in her day to day living area.

Even though I work very close by this area and I have been there in the past, I never went there with my camera before. In the beginning I felt it could be quite dangerous, but since Lili knows the folks pretty well, she assured me there was nothing to be afraid of. So off we went… into a series of interesting, sometimes hidden spots, and ran into interesting characters that hang out there.

This is the result of this fun shoot!

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