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Marco Ibanez

Just to give you some background on me, I am based in the Washington DC Metro Area but was born and raised far, far south, in Lima (Peru, not Ohio). Lima is a city where it never rains, and the sky is grey and overcast most of the year. Maybe that’s why I love natural light and summertime so much. The beach always brings back memories of beloved friends and amazing sunsets full of color. I remember watching the skies turning from blue to orange, then to purple and pink, just before the big red sun fell into the Pacific Ocean.

A few years ago, a dear friend of mine died at a very young age. He was the happiest, most relaxed person I had ever met, but his heart decided to stop working one day, and just like that, he was gone. His sudden departure made me think about my own life and the way I lived it, the things I had accomplished, and the future ahead.

I realized life is indeed too short. Since then I have challenged myself to experience new things and get out of my comfort zone more often. They say this is when the “magic” happens, and after doing things I thought I’d never do, I have to agree. In my journey I have met a lot of interesting people and visited several different places: I got my heart stolen in England, shook hands with the president of Honduras in Tegucigalpa, had the most romantic wedding in Hawaii, got “lost in translation” in Tokyo, and dipped my toes in the waters of the easternmost point of Brazil.

Best of all, I became a photographer. Photography is my true passion. Not only am I happy, but I help others build their confidence and feel empowered through my work, which is amazing!

I encourage you to do something crazy or out of the ordinary today. Talk to a stranger, kiss someone under the pouring rain, travel alone . . . If it sounds too adventurous, too intimidating, or too scary, even better! Get out of your comfort zone. You will see wonderful things happening to you in no time. I promise!

Best,

Marco I.