Karina Chancey is business owner of Karina Chancey Photography. She is born in Brazil and grew up dancing ballet, playing jazz, and acting. At the age of eighteen years, she started to study journalism – photojournalism being one of the subjects with a full scholarship at UFG. She worked for SBT (Brazilian System of Television) as a producer, for Diario da Manha newspaper and Radio CJ as a reporter. She is raising her quadriplegic son who suffers from daily seizures and a mother of four children finds excellence in fashion and travel photography. She is BFA Journalism and MA Fashion Photography, an Art director; Film Producer, Ballerina and a Yoga Mentor.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up Karina Chancey is an exceptionally talented multi-talented Fashion Photographer, here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, skin care, hair care and her success story.
You were born in Brazil and grew up dancing ballet, jazz, and acting. At eighteen years of age, started to study journalism – photojournalism, with a full scholarship at UFG. And later did MA in Fashion Photography and started as a Fashion Photographer. This propelled your career in photography to the height where you have been a leading fashion photographer. Tell us more about your journey of hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
As I sit here reading this question a movie of my life passes in front of me. What a journey! To make a long story short I will start by the turning point which directed me into my fashion photography career. Ten years after I gave birth to my first child Maddox which, because of a medical negligence, became paralyzed head to toe, blind, partial death and with an uncontrollable seizure disorder I decided to find myself by renting a van in Portugal and traveling with all my biological children through Europe. I had to leave the bubble that I was living in to find a purpose.
Life is meant to be lived. And despite all the limitations my son had I knew I could still explore the world with him. I drove through Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece collecting unforgettable memories with a camera in my hands. I found myself living life again with no limits, no fear. Through my camera I started to see again. See the beauty of every detail of Mother Earth. See Maddox’s smile and desire to be by my side. See Junior’s talent learning about life with a ball on his feet. See Mila Jolie, my baby daughter, achieve milestones and register her first steps taken in the Vatican. I took photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. And since then I have been inspired by it. I can’t avoid my son’s reality or the pain but I can eternalize the happy moments as if its the last one. A picture has the magic to make a moment last forever. And a lot of times problems don’t require a solution to solve them, instead they require maturity to outgrow them.
Based on those life learning experiences I discovered the real meaning of photography – a subject that I learned in College but never had as my focal point. In my first year of College I started to work for one of the biggest channels of Brazil – SBT (Brazilian System of Television)- as a producer, and later as a reporter. I also worked as a writer for the Morning Diary Newspaper and a broadcaster for Jaragua Radio. Fashion Photography happened because of my desire to find out about who I wanted to be, not who I was. It is foremost fiction. It is the only photography that allows you to express fantasy, romance, dreams, and escapism. When you are a fashion photographer, you must inspire a dream. And since I was a little girl I have been a dreamer. This is what kept me going… This is what keeps me alive.
You have been on L’Officiel Baltic Hommes’s August-September issue’s cover (in Estonia). Elaborate more about this exceptional professional achievement of yours and your experience of working with the iconic L’Officiel Magazine?
My life can be quite interesting to lots of people. I definitely have all eyes on me wherever I go with my whole family on wheels chasing life and engaging fashion photography with gorgeous celebrities & models. L’Officiel Magazine happened as an amazing opportunity to show my beautiful production for the Conrad Bora Bora Nui – a photo shoot of my family and couple models for this outstanding award-winning resort nestled in a private cove on Motu To’opua.
The production was part of a pilot for a reality show named Karina’s Way by Hollywood Movie Producers Arlene & Barry Levine – a story of a beautiful, young, once journalist, turned wife and mother fighting against all odds, working as a fashion photographer for corporate/celebrity clients and models around the world, taking life by the wings along with her husband, and four children on her heartfelt mission, “Saving Maddox”, her quadriplegic son who suffers with uncontrollable seizures.
You have interviewed many public figures in the sports, musical and fashion world, like the professional footballers “Pele”, Ronaldo & Neymar Jr, coach & former footballer “Zico”, race car driver Michael Schumacher, singer, and songwriter Ivete Sangalo, country duos Chitaozinho & Xororo, Leandro & Leonardo, Bruno & Marrone, axe band Asa de Aguia & Chiclete com Banana; and many other actors, models & fashion icons. Tell us how these experiences of knowing the insights of the leaders and icons in their particular fields acted as a catalyst in your professional journalism career that has taken you to a meteoric rise as a well-known journalist?
There is nothing like daily journalism! I always say I was born a journalist. I have always been intrigued by liberty, freedom of speech, expression and most of all I have always been interested in people and their life stories. The adrenaline feeling when you are working as a journalist is addicting. I had the pleasure to interview many icons of politics, sports, music and fashion during my journalism career in Brazil. It was a crazy atmosphere. I loved the fact that every day was a new day filled with excitement.
I got to experience the energy of an excited crowd by being on the field with the most amazing soccer players of the world like Pele, Zico, and Neymar Jr etc. I got to feel the electricity that is generated when the whole crowd sings to the band in unison like during the Show Friends (Amigos) and Brazilian Carnival. I got to share first-hand the excitement of a politician being elected. Those moments influenced me to always choose where my energy goes. Energy is contagious, positive and negative alike. I am attracted to that good energy. Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing and to vibe high you must choose a positive tribe.
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