Growing up with Ximena

Ximena is more than just my niece, she’s a muse who sparks my enthusiasm. I’ve been photographing her since she was a little girl.

Everything about her surprised me. Her sense of responsibility started at a very young age. She became an outstanding student with straight “A” s all throughout her school years, but that didn’t turn her into a nerd. She’s very funny, a bit crazy, loves to party, and smiles all the time. She has developed an acute musical ear that has encouraged her to become a professional singer, producer and composer.

She just graduated from high school during an online ceremony due to Covid-19. I photographed that unique and historic event, it was such an intimate atmosphere, surrounded by family with a sort of sweet and sour feeling.

As a teenager, she has the courage to follow her dreams, of becoming a good musician no matter how uncertain are the times she’s living or how many obstacles she faces and manages to overcome successfully. As she grows, I grow with her, she’s my inspiration, my teacher. I want to keep portraying her on the years to come. I can’t wait!

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Dreamer
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Funny girl - Dreamer

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Dreamer
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Funny girl - Dreamer

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Dreamer
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Funny girl - Dreamer

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Portrait Studio
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Funny girl - Portrait Studio

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Portrait Studio
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Funny girl - Portrait Studio

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Portrait Studio
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Funny girl - Portrait Studio

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Portrait Studio
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Funny girl - Portrait Studio

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Portrait Studio
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Funny girl - Portrait Studio

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Portrait Studio
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Funny girl - Portrait Studio

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Graduation
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Funny girl - Graduation

© Margarita Adalid - Funny girl - Graduation
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Funny girl - Graduation