My first name, María del Pilar, is my paternal grandmother’s name. The name originates from the town of Zaragoza, Spain from a Biblical story of Mary appearing at a pillar. I prefer to be called Pilar. The reason I’ve chosen to use my full name for my photography brand is that it symbolizes strength and elegance to me. Pillar of strength and wisdom. For me, this is the beauty of being a woman.

My first name, María del Pilar, is my paternal grandmother’s name. The name originates from the town of Zaragoza, Spain from a Biblical story of Mary appearing at a pillar. I prefer to be called Pilar. The reason I’ve chosen to use my full name for my photography brand is that it symbolizes strength and elegance to me. Pillar of strength and wisdom. For me, this is the beauty of being a woman.

 

I love a good story. Life is simply practice of creating a beautiful one.

Stories are teachers with beautiful nostalgic memories that create deep meaningful connections.

When I picked up a camera, it was in a time of transition that photography forced me to find beauty in dry West Texas, “mundane” life, and eventually value the beauty within myself. I’ve been capturing light and shadows ever since and it has inspired me to empower others to see and create their own beauty where it may seem nonexistent.

This powerful practice of valuing beauty has given me the ability to pursue my childhood dream of living abroad, dance in South America, shoot the runway at NYFW, and have nomad serendipity backpacking stories to tell, which includes work being featured in Colombia’s oldest and most influential national newspaper, El Espectador.

It is my intention to share this life changing practice of valuing beauty with the people I engage with through the storytelling mediums of photography and writing. I photograph & write with an approach that combines documentary and fashion editorial styles to capture the pure essence of your spirit as a way of celebrating you, your ambitions, your story, and your life.

Based in Texas, I specialize in portraiture, commercial, and lifestyle and will travel to any location. I’m not just here to take a pretty photograph. I’m here to be of support to you on your life’s journey. I would be honored to get to know you and be a part of your story.

Pilar has a background in public school and international education, and is a former beauty consultant and make-up artist working with brands such as Lancôme, Clinique, & Estee Lauder.

She is a contributor to the Midland Living Magazine, the Odessa Living Magazine, and Faces of the Permian Basin.

She is a certified Sivananda yoga instructor and lifestyle educator.