I am Ivannia Salazar Saborío, born in Costa Rica, but love brought me to Spain more than 12 years ago. With my partner, I have started an amazing family of adults, children and pets. My biggest passion is travel – I have visited more than 70 countries, many of them by myself, and I love to use words and images to tell the stories I have experienced in every one of them.
I took my first photos back when I was very small, taken on a Canon A-1 borrowed from my father (though nowadays, I use a Nikon), which at the time, seemed enormous in my little hands. When he found out I had taken it without permission, not only did not he ban me from using it again, but instead, he encouraged me and taught me how to use it properly. My father nicknamed me ‘Nima’ – the name of my company today.
Before even that, when I was only 4 years old, I had gone out, riding on my tricycle, after telling my mother that I was off to ‘discover the world’ (though only for a few minutes). After that, came the poems and the stories, the interviews with camera and microphone in hand. I devoured books during every second of free time I had. I also loved family walks.
The games I played as a girl have become my passions as an adult; photography, journalism, words, travelling, nature (especially the sea!), art, music, dance and other people.
I studied journalism at the University of Costa Rica, and I have a Masters in Woman’s Studies from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome and a postgraduate specialisation in the development of NGOs from the University of A Coruña.
My professional life has been in communications, in both Costa Rica and Spain, campaigning and volunteering for organisations like the Red Cross. I have been published in newspapers (such as La Voz de Galicia, where I worked for many years and ABC), magazines (Perfîl and Naturally Costa Rica amongst others), my old blog, The Zoo and I have worked on the radio (Radio U, Cuac FM). I have also worked for PR firms and NGOs. You can find my CV here.
After many years in my chosen career of media, I made the decision to combine my passions in my own company. Motherhood made me take a second look at my dreams, and I took the decision to turn them into reality.
I currently work both as a freelancer and with Nima, this professional project, which is, above all, a very personal story.