PF: We really have – it is wild how much can change in just a year. Around that time, I had also quit my full time job working as a social media manager in a more corporate setting which in the end was not fulfilling and as you said felt like it was taking up a lot of my energy I would rather be putting towards photography. After that it seemed like everything aligned with me doing freelance so I ran with it and here we are. I find the instability of this industry both thrilling and anxiety driven but for the most part it is just exciting to be making pictures for a living. It always keeps you on your toes, searching for new meaning in storytelling. So we now live on opposite sides of the US – you are on the West coast and I am based on the East coast. But let’s go back to the beginning because I know you have moved around quite a bit. How did you end up in Portland? And did you always have an interest in photography?
RN: For sure! I try to be better about reminding myself that we are so incredibly lucky to be doing what we love, even though our relationships with the medium can be tumultuous at times. I was born and raised in Paraguay, a little landlocked country in South America. Growing up, I didn’t really have much exposure, if any really, to any form of creative work aside from local folk art. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school in Canada, where we moved to when I was in middle school, that I took my first art history class and really became acquainted with the Western canon and beyond. I was sort of taking photos at that time, but only as a side thing that started when I was the first kid in our skate group to own a camera, when I realized that this tool was very much a viable medium and art form in itself. I guess when all you’re exposed to is painting and sculpture, it was a huge revelation for me and was what eventually led to me to go to school for photography on the east coast. I met my partner at RISD and she got a job out in Portland that offered to relocate both of us, which was an absolutely terrifying yet exhilarating idea, to move to this place I’ve never set foot in or even really heard much about. It was really hard at first, since most of my world lived out east, and as you know freelancing is so much about who you know! Thankfully, I’m in a much better place now. Which does lead me to something that we’ve talked about before, that is, being a photographer in a city that’s not New York, Los Angeles or London. How have you fared with that? I’ve definitely gotten the “if you’re serious about being a photographer, why aren’t you in New York?” spiel before, and it used to really make me question my decision to be living in this smaller city.