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 27 years old and reside in Tampa, Florida with my sweet husband Vagner. (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. In August 2020, we welcomed our rainbow baby girl Nora! She is the light of my life and keeps me busy when I’m not blogging.
I shoot most of my pictures, although some are taken with the help of a photographer. The ones I take myself are shot with a Canon EOS R and Sigma 24-35mm f/2.0 lens or Canon 50mm f/1.2 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.
Since launching my blog, I’ve worked with dozens of brands in lifestyle, health, and home verticals, including Neutrogena, AdventHealth, Coca-Cola, and McDonald’s. Interested in collaborating? Feel free to send me an email with more information!