So I recently started to use some photo’s I’ve taken and putting Lyrics from some of my favorite songs.
Should I keep doing this??? Let me know what you think!!!
Hey Hey guys!
A few weeks ago I was asked by a priest at St. Hedwig’s if I could photograph the events that would happen on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The Virgin of Guadalupe is a celebrated Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary. According to Roman Catholic tradition, on December 9, 1531, Juan Diego, a recently converted Aztec indigenous peasant, had a vision of a young woman while he was on a hill in the Tepeyac desert, near Mexico City. The lady asked him to build a church exactly on the spot where they were standing. He told the local Bishop Juan de Zumarraga, who asked for proof in exchange.
Juan Diego went back later and saw the lady again. He told her that the bishop wanted proof, and she instructed Juan Diego to go to the mountain top, where he found Castillian roses, which were native to Bishop Juan de Zumarraga’s hometown and could not possibly bloom during wintertime. Juan Diego cut the roses, placed them in his apron-like tilma and returned to the bishop; an imprint of the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on the tilma from the residue of the soil and roses.
Today, the icon is displayed in the nearby Basilica of Guadalupe, now one of the most visited Catholic shrines in the world. The Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image, with the titles “Queen of Mexico”, “Empress of the Americas”, and “Patroness of the Americas”.Both Miguel Hidalgo (in the Mexican War of Independence) and Emiliano Zapata (during the Mexican Revolution) carried flags bearing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Guadalupe Victoria, the first Mexican president, changed his name in honor of the icon. So in other words… Dec. 12th is kind of a big deal for many Latino’s.
Here are some of the images I took that day:
Dancers performed a traditional dance for the Virgen of Guadalupe
There was also a mariachi there singing traditional songs
Well, till next time!
Keep it classy, kids
So, Saturday I had the great pleasure to photograph this cool guy named Carlos! We originally had planned to photograph in the early afternoon, hoping for some sunshine. As usual, it turned out to be a cloudy rainy day. However, instead of canceling, Carlos was cool enough to agree to an experimental night shoot.
We decided to meet up at the Detroit Institute of Arts which is located in Midtown on Woodward. The DIA is a renowned art museum in the city of Detroit. Now through Sunday, February 12th the DIA is featuring Rembrandt and the face of Jesus. Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus brings together for the first time many of Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn’s finest paintings, prints and drawings that portray Jesus and events described in the Bible. The exhibition of 64 works includes approximately 52 small, intimate paintings, prints and drawings by Rembrandt and his students that illustrate how Rembrandt broke from traditional 17th-century representations of Jesus. It seems pretty interesting!
On my way to the DIA I ran across some MAJOR traffic! It turns out there was an event called Noel Night happening downtown. I had never heard of this before but apparently it was the 39th annual event. I learned that the event is an “open house” for the cultural heart of Detroit when 60 venues like the Detroit Institute of Art open their doors free of charge and showcase over 120 performances. They closed Woodward from warren down. Luckily I found parking and was able to meet Carlos in front of the DIA.
We were able to find some great lighting at one of the museums on Woodward.
He looks like he could be in an ad for Armani!!
Till next time! Keep it Classy, kids.
Today was a fun shoot with Banelly and Moises who celebrated turning 15. They had their party yesterday filled with dancing and delicious cake. I was able to photograph the young siblings having fun on the dance floor with their friends. Today I took them to Greektown to photograph their portraits.
Greektown is a historic neighborhood/commercial district in Detroit. The neighborhood is a popular restaurant and entertainment district, having many restaurants that serve authentic Greek cuisine. One of my favorite places to go is Pizza Papalis Taverna (although not Greek).
As the shoot progressed Moises became a natural in front of the camera!
I was able to also capture Banelly in a candid moment
I love all the lights and signs in this area, always very fun! Banelly and Moises were up for anything and as you can see didn’t mind being in the middle of the street or even jumping off things. As always, I had fun Hopefully you get a chance to visit this great Neighborhood in Detroit, sometime. If you do, fill me in on your experience!
Till next time, Keep it classy
Here is a couple that I photographed in October. They had a lovely wedding. The ceremony was held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. This the oldest church in Detroit founded in 1701. The reception was held at the Whitney. The David Whitney House (the Whitney) was built during the period of 1890-94 by the famous lumber baron David Whitney Jr., who was considered not only one of Detroit’s wealthiest personalities, but also one of Michigan’s wealthiest citizens. Fun fact: The house is estimated to cost $400,000 (approximately $10,500,000 in today’s economy). The reception was filled with great family moments and dancing. I photographed their ceremony and reception with the help of my friend and photographer Alesyn. It was a blast!
The Groom wore an amazing bow tie that went along with his Mario inspired handcuffs. The bride had a gorgeous bouquet that was filled with my favorite flower, Cali Lilies! Her dress was amazing as well. Such a great fit for her.
The couple was great to work with. We went to the riverfront in Detroit and photographed a few images there. My favorite has to be the cake topper inspired image.
Till next time folks!!! Keep it Classy.