- WHO ARE WE? -
Actually, there are two people behind the scenes here, Daria and Gustavo... but girls first!
OH, hello there. Daria here!
Well, we all need introductions, so here it is: I am Daria Ratliff and I was born and raised in the northern coast of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, and I have lived and traveled to dozens of countries in the past 20 years. Texas has been the place that we decided to raise our twins and call home for now. After raising our sweet clumsy birds, we will make our next stop in Japan a little longer and explore their countryside looking for a new home. Actually, my husband does not know about this secret of mine and I still doubt that he will ever agree with my endeavors, but one can dream, right?
Apart from dreams (which can be quite boring reading nonsenses) I am a self-taught photographer with a degree in Fashion Design and an unfinished degree in Portuguese Language and Arts and Brazilian Literature. I have attempted to finish it twice, but twice we had to move overseas due to my husband's job. But since life always has a strong pull in one's plans, here we are in Texas. Actually, as Lewis Carrol said in Alice in Wonderland “Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast”, so I guess it's fair to say that life follows its course and I'm glad to have made wonderful friends along the way.
On the personal level, I am happily married to a guy whose somewhere between John Wayne and Dom Casmurro, living in the countryside of Katy, TX, with our twins along with a cat named Noodles. A complete different set up from beach, Japan, Alice, and things of the sort. Other than a dreamy life and a camera, you can pretty much find me at home working, cooking, cleaning, reading, cleaning a little more, and running around as an unpaid chauffeur for my kids.
Hi Gustavo here,
As everyone has a partner in crime, meet mine: Gustavo Galbatto. Together we do all weddings that you will see thought the website. When I mention that Daria Ratliff Weddings has the best photographers in Houston, what I actually mean is that working with Gustavo has made that not only possible, but in reality amazingly possible.
Gustavo started his photography endeavor with weddings at age of 12 by simply helping his dad, whose also a wedding photographer, back when they lived in Brazil. His dad had a wedding studio that photographed hundreds of weddings per year, and also being a full wedding boutique with pristine costumer service. From albums to clicks, as a little boy Gustavo learned from his dad how to use a film camera and how not to screw it, which was a big thing for a second shooter at a wedding. If you're a photographer and are reading this, you know how nerve wrecking that is.
Even though Gustavo had a great master, I quite often hear from his dad that photography was actually something natural for him. From learning everything camera related to composition, he mastered his skills rapidly, and in no time become a wedding photographer going solo as young as 15. He is now only 26 and already brings in almost 14 years of experience photographing weddings to Daria Ratliff Photography. Every single day I learn something from him and I am almost, I said almost, double his age.
When not behind a camera you will find him sky diving, eating burgers ,or most likely chatting with the youngest or with the oldest person in town. And oh... Ladies he is also still single, just saying...