Born and raised in California, Rafael spent his time swimming competitively and surfing. He received his first camera in high school. Many years later an off-the-shelf water proof camera change the direction of his photography. Over the last decade, Rafael has spent his time photographing US and international swimming events, synchronized swimming, surfing, fashion, and people who enjoy the water. His images have appeared in Swim Swam, Fitter & Faster, Swimming World, Swim Outlet, Sports Illustrated, AquaLung, as well as US and international news media publications.


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