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Meet Cindy Fajardo (@Portugala), the winner of Alamo Rent A Car Mission

Hi Foapers!

Alamo Rent a Car’s Mission received almost 18000 approved images. A lot of fantastic shots of amazing places from all over the world! Yes, Foapers from over 100 countries joined the Mission and showed us how beautiful a vacation can be!

Today we would like to introduce you to the winner of the Show Us Your Most Memorable Vacation View Mission, the one and only Cindy Fajardo (@Portugala)! Her picture (above) managed to stand out and she caught the attention of our friends at Alamo in a special way. Good for her who has been rewarded with $500 and got a lot of exposure in the Community. As she says herself: “My photo was selected? Pinch me”!

So let’s get to know her a bit better, shall we?

Cindy, congratulations on winning the Mission! How did you feel when you saw that you were the winner among almost 18.000 photos?

Whaaaaaat? 🙂


The picture looks stunning! Where did you take it? Any details about it that you would like to share with us?

I took this winning picture in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, USA. A friend and I decided to road trip, we happened to get a perfect end of summer/beginning of fall day! I climbed on the top of my dirty car and snapped this picture that brings back so many memories! This picture has absolutely no edits done to it -other than leveling- in my opinion, Mother Nature needs no edits!

You have over 600 amazing photos on your profile! Do you have a preference in themes you like to take pictures of? 

Thanks! I love portraits, but truly anything that catches my eye. I have an ever changing imagination and love when I can make what I imagine a reality. 


What kind of equipment do you use for photos? Do you prefer your camera phone or a compact/dslr camera? With which one did you take the winning picture?

I have a lovely DSLR, then I have my professional camera which is my iPhone lol. I love my iPhone because it’s so convenient, and let’s face it, phone cameras are pretty amazing these days! The almost endless capabilities of my DSLR are pretty great also. I use both my iPhone and DSLR quite regularly. This particular shot was taken with my DSLR. 

Do you use post processing in your pictures? Which programs do you use?

I use Lightroom, but I don’t much like to edit my photos, I just use it more to straighten them and maybe take out a random little mishap. I try my hardest to get everything right in the camera, I don’t like cropping, adjusting my saturation or exposure, and I always shoot RAW! With my iPhone pictures, I like VSCO, and do go all out crazy with! 


We would like to know a bit more about you! How old are you, where are you from and what do you do? 

I’m 29 and actually from Utah. I wish I could be a full time photographer, but I’m truly just another lady with a camera. I have a diploma in photography, but by no means a professional, it’s just a hobby that I absolutely love!


Lastly, tell us a bit about Foap. How did you learn about it and for how long have you been Foaping? Any tips for Foapers that want to win Missions?

A friend told me about Foap a couple years ago, I was a bit reluctant to join because I’m not very into social media, but then I realized that it’s more of a big art festival with so much amazing talent and creativity. Plus the chance to participate in missions like these and gain exposure is wonderful! The Only “tips” I can give about missions is this, don’t stop entering!!! Over 18k incredible pictures and mine was selected? Again, someone pinch me! My quote lately has been “I’m trying to be a photo creator, not just a photo taker”, there’s no one like me, so everything I do is unique. Same goes for everyone else! Showcase your creativity!

Thank you so much Cindy. Keep up the good work and thanks for showcasing your creativity and inspiring us all!


The Foap & Alamo Rent A Car Teams.

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