Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and now resides in Chicago, IL. Lena always had a passion for photography since a young age after a family trip to Yellowstone National Park. She started off as a landscape photographer due to the vas New Mexico landscape all around her but it wasn't until undergrad that she turned the camera around and started to create self portraits. While in grad school she turned the camera around again but this time to a community close and dear to her heart. Lena joined with Autism Speaks Chicago and local Autism schools to create portraits of individuals of all ages and all levels on the spectrum.
Lena now teaches photography to all ages around Chicagoland and in 2015 started her own freelance studio Vieira Photo.
Columbia College Chicago
Studied under photographers Dawoud Bey, Bob Thall, Paul D'Amato and many others.
College photographer and internship with Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
New Mexico State University
Studied under photographer David Taylor.
Marched as a Skyrider colorguard member for Pride of New Mexico Marching band.