Hello, friend!

The XO, Ayana blog began in 2017 on a whim. I found myself with a lot of free time due to a job change and wanted to start a project that would keep me busy but also feel fulfilling. Now it’s become a part-time job and a whole lot of fun! I’m 26 years old and reside in Tampa, Florida with my sweet husband Vagner. He’s also my photographer, so he gets a lot of credit for the pictures you see on Instagram and on my website. We met in the 10th grade, and he balances me out. You can read about our first date horror story here if you’d like. In June 2019, Vagner and I found out that we were going to have a baby boy. We lost him to trisomy 18, and I’ve written extensively about miscarriage and pregnancy loss awareness.

Since launching my blog, I’ve worked with dozens of brands in lifestyle, health, beauty and food verticals, including Neutrogena, AdventHealth, Coca-Cola, and McDonald’s. Interested in collaborating? Feel free to send me an email with more information!

I shoot all of my pictures with a Canon 5D Mark III and Sigma 35mm f1.4 lens. I edit all of my pictures in Adobe Lightroom, and I’ve written about how I come up with poses and how I edit my photos.