What inspires you in life? If you mean inspiration for photography, I always turn to a past time. XIX century painters, classic cinema, XX century photography…
But I think inspiration can be anywhere. The key is to stay awake and pay attention to everything that happens around. Daily, my biggest inspiration is nature, almost every time I have an idea, she has something to do with it. I have a Spotify list with different types of rain that I usually use to create, it’s like I was transported somewhere else. The “Gentle Thunderstorm” track is my favorite.
Tough what inspires me the most are the major artists, to study what did they explore and how far did they get. Not just photographers, to learn more is what keeps me moving and wanting to create. I really like the expression «If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants». To learn from the grandmasters is “to get on the back of giants” to go further.

When did you know that you wanted to be a photographer? In fact, since I was a child, I wanted to become a painter like Toty, my grandma, and that’s why I was determined to study Fine Arts. Perhaps for fear of the uncertainty of the artistic world, I decided to study a double degree with Audiovisual Communication and, without planning, cameras were the link between them.
I had been taking pictures and doing experiments for quite a while, when I was at school, photographing my friends and my family, but I had never considered dedicating myself professionally to it until I started college. Besides, at my university, many Fine Arts subjects were common with those of Design, and that helped me to get to know worlds related to fashion, its history, its creative process and its representation in photography that caught my attention. During those years, I complemented my education with several courses about Direction of Art, Photography and Fashion Marketing in Paris, Milan and London and, at 20 or so, I decided I wanted to become a Fashion photographer and I was going to give everything to get it.

You have a special sensitivity. Is it something innate, learned or a mixture of both? Thank you, I think it’s a mixture of both things and something else. It’s the eternal chicken and egg question, and the truth is that I couldn’t answer objectively. What I can say is that if you think you have a sensitivity that allows you to create things that speak for themselves and interest people, the best you can do is to study a lot, work, learn, make mistakes, try, create, accept criticism, believe in yourself, shape your language… because all that is what is going to develop your sensitivity. I think that we’re all good at something, but the best of oneself just comes out when there is education and hard work behind it. By this I mean that, for me, my sensitivity, or the language that I have made mine is a mixture of something innate, a lot of learning and constant work.

Is it easy to be a woman in your world? Actually, I’ve never felt worse valued or treated for being a woman, I’ve always worked with wonderful and real people, and thank God those things are not part of my day-to-day, though the fact that I don’t suffer it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.
Something that has happened to me many times is that, arriving at a session, the team has thought that my assistant was the photographer, and I his assistant… as if it were “logical”! This may sound a bit surreal but considering that 99% of Spanish main photographers have been male for decades, it makes some sense. In fact, nowadays it’s still difficult. A year ago, for the first time in Vogue Spain’s history, the cover was made by a Spanish woman. Wow! A year ago. But things are changing, and I can’t wait to take part in this change.
I know many women photographers and the bond that we have created is incredibly beautiful. There’s a healthy competition and we share successes, worries, headaches from our efforts to move forward in this business, and it’s amazing how we support each other, how we congratulate each other for our projects, how we help each other if we need something… All this is much easier when you stick together, and in this sector there are great women who I admire.

We agree in how hard it can be to combine family and fashion photography, and that’s something that worries me. Just as I don’t think that being a woman is difficult, this is not the case when we talk about becoming a mother (after all, it’s linked). Perhaps that’s the response, as in any other sector, right?

What’s your favorite place in the world? I can think of many places, but if I had to choose one it would be Galicia. Its green color and its sea; when I go there I disconnect completely.

A place, a plan, and a restaurant: three essentials in Madrid.
A place: La sierra. Los Molinos and Cercedilla. Although I love living in the center of Madrid, its mountains are my breath of fresh air every weekend, and every time I have some free time I go there. We have a treasure half an hour away and I consider myself lucky to have enjoyed it with my family from an early age.
A plan: Wander through downtown streets discovering local businesses. In las Salesas, Chueca, La Latina or the Barrio de las Letras. You always find something new and worthwhile.
A restaurant: Maybe it’s because of the moment we are living, if I must choose one I’d say Camino’s terrace, where I have spent many afternoons drinking wine with my college friends. With blankets, with stoves or under the sun, we didn’t care. I hope I can do this very soon.

Do you prefer the beach of the swimming pool? The beach. In summer, I go to the beach early in the morning and I’m not back until sundown.

Who is or has been an icon for you? On a creative level, Grace Coddington. She’s a creative whirlwind and I will never be tired of learning from her.

Your favorite artist? Every day I say a different one, there isn’t just one. In painting: Goya, Sorolla, Modigliani, Matisse; in sculpture: Rodin, Oteiza, and Giacometti; in cinema: Anderson and Bertolucci; in literature, Baudelaire, Machado, and Alberti; in photography, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Peter Lindbergh… There are many missing on this list, but it depends on the day or my project. Of course, I think that my main reference is Peter Lindbergh.

And your favorite work? Today, La Danse, by Matisse.

A book, a song, and a film.
Book: El silencio Creador.
Song: “Turnedo”, by Iván Ferreiro.
Film: Pride and Prejudice.

And a TV series? I really loved watching This is Us during quarantine.

Which are your wardrobe essentials? Mi work “uniform”, always total black. In this sense, I’m quite simple. I love finding something comfy, minimal, of my style, and buying it three times. I wear the same look to almost every session, it lets me feel comfortable and it identifies me.

Something that you always carry with you? My blush. Sometimes I go running from place to place and that saves me. Good face instantly!

And in your fridge? A good dry white wine.

Any eco tip to take care of the planet? Buy Less, buy better.
Buy more consciously from environmentally friendly brands that also respect the production process. My generation has grown up with an excessive consumerism and 90’s and 2000’s fast fashion, and I think change is in our hands. We appreciate more and more the information on where and how it’s made what we wear, and this encourages us to support local producers, transparent and, most of the time, smaller. The value of fashion is changing.
Another tip, although there are plenty of them, buy vintage! You’ll find treasures if you know where to look, and you can give this garment a second life. We need to bet on circular fashion.

A dream to fulfill. Become a mother someday. I’m in no hurry at all, but that’s my greatest dream for tomorrow.

What are you going to do after we’re finished with this interview? Make dinner. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and, since a while ago, I’m really interested in nutrition. Now that I have more time, I enjoy preparing Delicious and healthy recipes.