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 Arena, Sports Illustrated, Swim Swam, Michael Phelps Foundation, Fitter & Faster, Swimming World, Swim Outlet, AquaLung, as well as US and international news media publications.


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