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Pedro Oliveira

I love M&Ms! Not the regular ones, but the ones with peanuts inside. If there’s one thing you should know about Pedro it is that if M&Ms were an illegal substance I would be in very deep trouble.

I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and raised by a widowed mother (Dad died when I was 8), with two other sisters, in a small town in a region called Ribeira Valley. I left home at the age of 15 searching for a better life. At the age of 22, I decided to move to the USA to further my education and improve myself as a human being.

I have won several awards as a photographer and my work has been published in a handful of magazines, however, I don’t think that defines who I am. What defines me is the fact that I am a hopeless believer in kindness, no matter how warped today’s world appears. I am also a failed-by-never-trying comedian, and dream of having a French Bulldog—they automatically trigger my “talking-to-a-baby” voice whenever I see one.

I also went to college—twice. I hold a Computer Sciences degree from a Sao Paulo, Brazil’s university, and a Communications & Advertising degree from Portland State University. I don’t perceive myself as brilliant because I hold two degrees, but rather as stubborn: I firmly believe no one should work at something for the rest of their life if their profession doesn’t make them happy. Photography started as a hobby to keep me busy in my free time. It became a passion when I started a project called “Careful: Soul Inside.” Ever since, framing moments has evolved into a passion that pays my bills. Whenever I am not working, I am taking pictures or watching movies while dissecting the light set up and color grading used in those movies. Some people would call me a workaholic, but the truth is that I never feel like I am working when I have a camera in my hand and a subject in front of me.


  • I have visited every coffee shop in my neighborhood.

  • I collect key chains from airports I have landed. So far, I have 20.

  • I am absolutely shy, even though you likely won’t notice it.

  • Two of the top dreams in my bucket list is learning how to play guitar and perform a stand up comedy routine.

  • Bryan Cranston is my favorite actor of all times, and I have set up a goal to photograph him withing 10 years.


  • 2019

    • Honorable Mention: Monochrome Photography Award (honorable mention)- “My Friend Fidel.”

    • Honorable Mention: Monochrome Photography Award- “ I Heart Myself.”

    • Honorable Mention: Monochrome Photography Award - “ Jimmy, The Black Hope.”

  • 2018

    • Honorable mention, PDN, category “Self portrait.”

    • 1st place Council on Age & Bowers Museum, Anaheim, Category “Professional.”

    • 3rd place Council on Age & Bowers Museum, Anaheim, Category “Professional.”

  • 2017

    • Honorable mention, Monochrome Award, category “Street photography Portrait.”

    • 2nd place Council on Age & Bowers Museum, Anaheim, Category “Professional.”

  • 2016

    • 1st place, Viewbug, category “Portraits.”

    • 2nd place, Viewbug, category “Shades Of Gray.”

    • 3rd place Council on Age & Bowers Museum, Anaheim, Category “Professional.”