Aída Llanos is a storyteller, memories crafter and family photographer based in London and is available worldwide. She provides photography sessions for families, couples, children and newborn
I never planned on being a photographer. But I did have a passion about communication and I knew that I wanted –needed- to do something creative in my life. Communication has been my passion since I was a child. When I was just four years old, I started to shadow my dad -who was working as a journalist at the time- with his notebook and camera as much as I could and wherever he went. I was just too curious to know about how everything worked and wanted to know how to tell it to others. Also I always loved any process that involves creative and imagination. This desire also springs from my childhood and from the other biggest influence in my life and most creative and kindest person that I know: my mum.
I was fascinated about the way we communicate, how we connect with others and how we tell stories. That’s why I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Communication, which is kind of a mix between Media and Journalism. Thanks to that I did learn about advertising, cinema, law, art, producing, television, sociology, radio and photography, to name a few. When I finished uni, I started working in communications. Shortly after that, I discovered that being in an office all day long working as a communications specialist was something that I liked but it wasn’t my dream. And something inside me kept telling me that I wanted to help people to tell their own stories in a different way.
So plot twist, I started working full time with children and found out that I loved it. That’s how suddenly everything made sense. I wanted to tell stories, but not everyone’s stories. I wanted to help families to tell their own stories and capture memories for them. In other words, I want the families I have worked with to look at my images in 20 years time and still be able to connect with them, to feel them and maybe see that facial expression or brightness in the eyes that was unique to their child.
I love people even though I am an introverted. Above all I am passionate, an endless optimist and maybe a bit sensitive too. I love to travel and discover new places and cultures. If you would come with me to a holiday you wouldn’t find me sunbathing for 3 hours in a row. You would probably find me exploring the nearest mountain to find out what can be seen from the top or talking to the locals about their everyday life.
I start my day with ten minutes of yoga and try to meditate every morning –even though I don’t always success because my mind is always too busy! After that, I usually follow the day by a long walk -love, love, love long walks- in one of London’s amazing parks. Breakfast has become my favourite meal of the day. Therefore, I spend a long time every day juggling between all the tasty options only to find myself to go with the same as always –avocado on toast, oat and banana pancakes or yogurt with granola, penaut butter and berries.
I’m always trying new sports and classes at the gym, only to discover that –surprise, surprise- I am not good at it. However, with the years I’ve learned that it is also impotant to do things that you suck at.
I am quite addicted to read, to the point that I recall one time reading sixteen books in a month – whoops. I also devour Time Magazine and Vogue every week . If I could travel in time I would go to Ancient Egypt without a doubt -what a fascinating civilisation!- and on my way back I’d probably take a detour around England by 1850. One of my favourite things to do is to spend time with friends and family. And having a long chat with them over a glass of rosé is my perfect idea of a Sunday afternoon.
I feel like I am bit like my clients. And like my photos. Perfectly imperfect but full of love. It will be an honour to tell your family’s story. Your story demands telling. Contact me and let’s capture and create new memories for your family in London or abroad.