We interviewed local photographer Virginia Guimaraes to grasp her unique experience in Brazil this fall.

Virginia made a recent trip to Brazil, and brought along her favorite Kona Body scrubs. We were able to meet with her to hear all about it. All the photos in this blog are by Virginia, who can be found on Instagram @vzilla. Here’s what she had to say:


For starters, where are you from?
  I am from Plano, Texas, but my family is from Minas Gerais, Brazil. I am 100% Brazilian.


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What developed your passion for photography?
 I got into photography for the simple reason that I just loved the idea of being able to capture more than just a moment. Photos have always been able to visually take me places I have never been before. I’m fascinated with being able to capture emotions, colors, symmetry, depth, and the little details that may not be noticed face to face. I always try to keep that in mind in my own work in hopes that I can take whoever sees my photos somewhere that they have never been before.


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We’re all dying to hear…how was Brazil?!
My trip was amazing- very relaxing and leisurely. I was just there to relax and spend time with my mother. I went to the beach and took advantage of the full-service spa every day. I ate way more than anyone should in a single day– and it was perfect! The hotel we stayed in was a 5-star hotel called the Iberostar. It was the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. It is located in Praia Do Forte, Bahia. It’s a very small city right outside of Salvador, the capitol of Bahia.


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What is your favorite Kona Body scrub?
I love all of them, but if I had to choose my absolute favorite it would be the Kona Original.  Although, I do enjoy that extra boost in the mornings when I use Kona Energy.


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Virginia genuinely enjoys sharing her unique perspective with the world through her photography. All of her photos are taken with an iPhone 6s and filtered and edited through Instagram. She says she loves the idea of simple photography. You can find her work on Instagram @vzilla

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