Introduction NNPHOTOS

Welcome to NNPHOTOS!!

Hey there, welcome! I’m Nathalia Neiva, and I snap photos at weddings. But before all that, my life was quite the story. Let me share a little about myself.

I'm from Brazil but moved to the USA in 2020, right before all the COVID craziness (I promise, it wasn't me who brought it here, haha).Growing up, my mom taught me to be independent and work hard. So, I started working when I was just 13. It wasn't because we were super poor or anything, but I wanted to be self reliant and chase my dreams.To be honest, I didn't have any big dreams back then, except for one, going to Disney World. My teenage years were pretty much the same routine: school, work, sleep, repeat.I went to college for business. I didn't like it one bit, but I stuck it out and got my degree. Now that I consider myself an adult, I've come to realize that I wasted so much time working instead of just being a teenager. I missed out on a lot of moments, friends, and memories simply because I felt the need to prove that I was strong and independent. I remember always being too tired to do anything because I was overwhelmed by studying and working.Throughout my journey, I always had my older brother by my side. He was the one who held me together. He always made me feel loved, and I knew that if something went wrong, he would be there for me. In 2019, I came to the USA as an Au Pair, hoping to save up money to start my own business back in Brazil. During that time, I finally got to visit Disney World and it was like stepping into a fairytale!

You might be wondering what made me change my life and start everything from zero. Truthfully, I can't give you a straightforward answer because I still don't know myself. But here's one thing I can say: I'm the kind of person who, if someone suggests, "Hey, let's do this, it'll be fun," I'm the first to say, "Let's do it."A few years ago, a friend of mine mentioned the Au Pair program, and I was intrigued. She explained it to me, and from that day on, I couldn't stop thinking about the possibility of starting a new life, something I'd be responsible for. Sometimes I ask myself, "Why did I do that?" It was so comfortable being at home, having meals ready, clean clothes, and a tidy house thanks to my mother. It was comforting to speak my language, always have friends around. So, why did I want to change it all? I guess I was just tired of closed doors, heartbreaks, always working without much to show for it, and most importantly, tired of pretending to be someone I wasn't just to please others. It took me a few years to gather the courage to start the application process for the program, but I did it, and I'm glad I did. Of course, it hasn't been easy. If I want to eat something, I have to make it myself or spend money on food. If I want clean clothes, I have to wash them. If I want friends, I have to make an effort to socialize.I had to start from zero in a new country, new people, new language and no family around.

Along the way, I made some friends (and lost some, too), but I also met my fiancé, Matt. We started dating in 2021, and we're getting married in October 2024.Matt actually noticed my love for taking photos before I did. For Christmas in 2022, he got me a camera as a gift. It took me five months to even touch it, but when I did, I fell in love and that's how my photography journey began! I'm excited to share all the ups and downs with you, so stick around for the ride.