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 business 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 business is that it symbolizes strength and elegance to me. Pillar of strength and wisdom. For me, this is the beauty of being a woman.

Stories are like teachers with beautiful nostalgic memories. Photography and writing is one of the ways I love connecting with people, spreading sunshine, and sharing stories.

I began photography when I was needing photos for my fashion blog (back in 2012). I started photography at the perfect time when I was mentally, emotionally, and spiritually weak. Through photography, I learned to see beauty in a dry desert in the middle of nowhere and in myself. Once I saw the beauty and love within me, my relationship with myself and others transformed. It changed my perspective & the way I approach people and my life.

From there, I began to fully chase my dreams uninhibited. A year after doing photography, I made my dream come true of speaking Portuguese and living in Brazil backpacking for two months. Six months later, I’m sleeping on a ouch in New Jersey for a month and commuting to NYC everyday for New York Fashion Week.

I, recently, just moved back to my hometown, Odessa, Texas, to be with family, after teaching and studying yoga in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia for almost 2 years. I was living in an ashram community for about the last 4 months dedicating time to healing. In between, I left the country (Colombia) to Brazil, on a boat in the Amazon for 5 days, and seeing friends for 2 months during my sabbatical year.

Traveling and dancing make me feel the most free. Dance is my purest form of expression. When I’m mot dancing, traveling, meditating, or teaching yoga, I’m exploring learning opportunities in business and socializing. I love connecting with people through collaborative projects, sharing applicable knowledge, and having soul talks.

Currently, I’m exploring collaborative projects utilizing my interests and experiences to provide educational self improvement experiences and entertainment in my community. Education and community is something I’m very passionate. I see that we are all children learning how to walk through life. I feel it is my duty to serve and share my knowledge and experiences with the community.