Melissa Maternity

As the story goes, this maternity shoot for Melissa was actually used as a distraction while Mario's family was at home setting up for her surprise baby shower. Ive known Mario for the past 10 years, so I really wanted to try something new and make these special. We deconstructed my front living room and used the window as a main light. Originally we were planned to shoot outside, but shooting outside at 4pm practically suicide in this Arizona heat. So we improvised and by simplifying the whole approach it helped me focused more on using the direct light to highlight Melissa's belly. After looking at the whole collection of finished images I couldn't help but to get a little teary eyed. Congrats you two on the twin baby boys. Salud

Kofa Folkloric Event

For years my mom has worked in education, previously as a library and various other positions helping Hispanic immigrant children and kids with special needs. Along with her academic duties she had practiced the art of hispanic folkloric dance. Along with fellow teachers and best friend Martina, they had performed this folkloric dance at various events in Yuma at their school well as city events like the Tamale Festival in Somerton. Now that time has passed my mom had decided to stop dancing and has focused her efforts on teaching the dance. My mom and her best friend Martina now teach at the same high school Kofa High. Where they host a dance club teaching all the different variations of folkloric dance & music. Hosting an event like this was a dream of Martina's and it was a special night for everyone involved. It was the first of many, and we hope that with more volunteers & donations we can keep hosting these events and sharing our culture. No one was paid, many of the dresses and costumes were also donated. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported! Salud!