*portrait by Andreina Duven
Why Cami Zi?
I'm Camila Grudzinski but no one ever calls me Camila, just Cami. Besides, I was once told Cami Grudzinski sounded like an angry polish lady and was given the greatest business advice ever, by my mentor Jerry Ghionis, "change your business name to Cami Zi Photography".
Cami Zi is easier to spell, pronounce, remember, and it has a bubbly, upbeat sound, spunkier personality - a lot more like me.
Who Am I?
Getting know your photographer is actually pretty important. After all we spend a whole day together, going through many different real moments and emotions. So here is a bit about me!
I am Full Time Professional Wedding Photographer - and that is all I have done for the past 7 years. I lost the count of how many weddings I photographed, the number goes beyond 350, maybe over 400.
I have had the honor to share bits and pieces of my journey with other aspiring and seasoned photographers to inspire them to never give up on their dreams. If you would like to read one of the most recent publications and get to know a bit more about me you can click here.
I am now based in the Pensacola area, a gorgeous little place surrounded by water and called Gulf Breeze. I relocated from Orlando, summer of 2019, seeking a better education system and quality of life for my son. It was a difficult decision to just leave behind what took me many years to build, having to start from scratch, but I am a mom first.
I am a solo mom of a very funny and kind hearted 10 year old boy. My son is my best friend and often wiser than me.
Born and raised in Brazil, I moved to Florida in 2003 after earning a scholarship to pursue a double business degree between Florida Atlantic University and my Brazilian school UNISUL.
Business was not my degree of choice as my heart always pointed towards photography, but I didn't want to disappoint. I wanted to take pictures. I didn’t have a camera, so I read many photography books throughout the years.
Life went on, with some amazing moments to enjoy and some tough moments to grow from. I faced a very challenging time when my son was born, after which a neurologist told me I couldn’t live a normal life anymore. I was determined to prove the doctors wrong. I decided to focus on my passion to become stronger, happier and to make my son proud - I focused on my one passion - photography.
A photography position at Disney got me started with my professional career, it helped me learn not only technical skills but excellence in customer service. I am fortunate to have earned the respect of my peers after seeking continuing education in photography, earning awards in some of the toughest international imaging competitions in the industry.
"I spent weeks researching photographers, and none of them came close to the reviews left for Cami. Every word is true. She is the life and soul of the wedding - and every single one of my guests raved about how warm, friendly, talented and just generally amazing this lady was! It felt like we had our best friend beside us taking our wedding photos." - Catherine
Weddings connect all dots. Being away from home has made me appreciate the love and family interactions from a different perspective. Images are the only thing that will stay with you forever. It warms my heart to be around your loved ones and to capture all the love from my unique viewpoint.
Send me a message! Let's chat!