The most difficult bride I have ever photographed, my wife.  This was a photoshoot to honor our 5 year anniversary.  The poem is a dedication to our commitment. 

“I ask the impossible: love me forever.
Love me when all desire is gone.
Love me with the single mindedness of a monk.
When the world in its entirety,
and all that you hold sacred advise you
against it: love me still more.
When rage fills you and has no name: love me.
When each step from your door to our job tires you--
love me; and from job to home again, love me, love me.
Love me when you're bored--
when every woman you see is more beautiful than the last,
or more pathetic, love me as you always have:
not as admirer or judge, but with
the compassion you save for yourself
in your solitude.
Love me as you relish your loneliness,
the anticipation of your death,
mysteries of the flesh, as it tears and mends.
Love me as your most treasured childhood memory--
and if there is none to recall--
imagine one, place me there with you.
Love me withered as you loved me new.
Love me as if I were forever--
and I, will make the impossible
a simple act,
by loving you, loving you as I do”

― Ana CastilloI Ask the Impossible: Poems
Someone asked me what makes my photography different from others.  I replied, "Emotion and Composition."  I seek candid moments and focus on how the people are framed within the image.  Throughout a wedding day, I am constantly observing, interacting slightly, hardly posing, and always waiting to capture a moment of emotion.  Enjoy the images of 2013. 
This past Sunday I photographed a unique event called "Navidades."  This event was organized through the collaborative efforts of La Raza Galeria Posada, Teatro Espejo, and Calidanza Dance Company as a family friendly event for the ho.  It started with a unique rendition of La Pastorela, with a political twist, acted out on K st. in downtown Sacramento.  Then viewers were treated to an incredible performance of baile folklorico at the Crest Theatre.  This performance included traditional dances from regions of Mexico, Afro influenced dance, and a traditional dance known as "Danza de los viejitos." (Dance of the old men).  

I really wanted to push my photography abilities and see how creative I could get with just a 50 mm f/1.4 lens.  I had my wide angle, but did not take it out.  I had recently seen a documentary of Henri Cartier Bresson (A LEGEND of photography and I have seen his documentaries countless times) and remembered that he walked around with only a 50 mm lens.  I am in no way comparing myself to Bresson.  I wanted to see how much I could get with only one lens in hopes of enhancing my skills and learning how Bresson approached photography with only one lens.  My legs would have to control the "zooming" and "widening" by constantly moving my body back and forth.  There was a lot of moving around, but I found myself more relax knowing that I could only work with one lens.  I felt more confident and comfortable not having to worry about swapping lenses.  I also tried to capture motion by dragging the shutter (slow shutter speeds i.e. 1/6 or less).  I knew the motion blur from the performances would render some painting like images.  It worked and I hope you enjoy the images.  
I am currently taking a class to continue building my skills in photography, specifically with studio lighting photography.  I debated for a long time on how I was going to compose a self portrait assignment and really focused on creating an image that reflected my personal background .  Over the Thanksgiving break I watched Les Miserables with my brother, sister, and sis in law.  The movie really blew me away.  The story, acting, singing, cinematography, costumes, and everything else about it was so powerful.  Then I began to search for images by Annie Liebovitz' portraits of the actors of the movie.  I had seen them when the movie was being promoted and was so amazed at her creativity.  She captured the actors and created images that looked like paintings.  They appeared to have been done with a slight HDR approach with shadows brightened and highlights dropped.  So I went to class with the mindset of trying to capture that sort of look with my black and white passion.  This is the product.  Let me know what you think.
This past weekend I photographed Ana and Mauricio's wedding.  They were such a happy couple, joking and laughing all throughout the day.  Ana had contacted me seeking a photographer who could capture emotion and candid moments, exactly my style of photographing weddings.

After arriving to Ana's home, I was engulfed in the love her and her siblings shared.  There were three sisters and a brother.  Each wanting to be near their sister as she prepared for the day, even though there was plenty of rooms throughout the home for them to use to prepare for the wedding.  During the morning I heard Julian, Ana's brother, speaking to someone about picking up their mom.  I had wondered where mom was, but didn't think too much of it.  While at the church, I saw mom arrive at the front doors and realized she was a person with quadriplegia.

Throughout the event I had observed Ana's mom and had noticed at each angle that I saw her, she had a bright light coming from her eyes.  She appeared so happy for her daughter and the only way of expressing herself was through her eyes and smile.  There was two very touching moments that I photographed.  The first was Ana's arrival to the hall.  She went into a room where her mom sat and gently caressed her as they looked into each others eyes.  It was very moving.  There is another photograph were Ana's sister, Connie, fights her tears as a guest sings a special mariachi song dedicated to their mother.  These were the most moving moments of the day.  

The rest of the day was full of smiling, joking, singing, and dancing.

Equipment:  2 Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f1.4; 28mm f2.8; 70-200mm II f2.8 Re
Church and Reception:  St. John Baptist Catholic Church and School
This past weekend I had the opportunity to take part in a unique 2 day event celebrating the love, friendship, and commitment of Leah and Tony.  The event kicked off on Friday with an intimate gathering of friends and family at the retro L and M motel.  I had the opportunity of really getting to know Leah's parents and some of the guests.  The nice thing about working on a two day event is the opportunity to learn more about Leah, Tony, and their guests.  By Saturday, I felt like I was a friend and a guest at the celebration.  

My style of photography focuses on emotion and composition.  I prefer this and now consider it my "style" of photography.  I do portraits, during events, but very minimal.  I want to capture a true emotion elicited by the surroundings of the event.  Leah contacted me specifically for that reason.  She had told me that my photographs had grabbed her attention so much that she was moved by the images.  I could not have received a greater compliment that what she had written.  Having Leah share that information really motivated me to ensure I stayed true to my style of photography.  This event was full of vibrancy, great music, amazing food, eclectic surroundings, wonderful people, and plenty of emotions.  Leah and Tony shared some very moving moments during their event.  There were certain moments when describing their love for one another really moved me.  This energy is what I channel into my photography and what I will continue to use to capture emotion with composition.  

Location:  Roshambo Farms (Naomi was an awesome host!)
Camera Equipment:  Photosource  

On August 31, 2013 my sister celebrated her beautiful wedding in Ripon, CA.  I had initially thought about being the photographer for the wedding, but I wanted to make sure I had just as much fun celebrating my sister's wedding as my brothers and sisters.  I found a great wedding photographer, Priscilla, from Lodi, CA to capture her event.  As I prepared myself for her wedding, I could not fight the urge to photograph.  I captured about two to three images with my Canon and then left it in the hotel.  I told myself the only photography I would capture would be with my phone.  I really like the simplicity, mobility, speed, and quality of the phone.  I took several of these shots within a matter of seconds and did some light editing with the Instagram filters.  

I will try to incorporate some IPhone photography in my future events.  I think couples will appreciate seeing some photographs of their event on the day of.  I also have an additional surprise that I hope to try with my upcoming weddings.

Congratulations sis and enjoy the images!!!!!
Uploaded several Instagram photographs taken during my evening walks.  All of the photographs were taken using an iPhone 4 and edited with the Instagram filter.  

Inspiration for the work is the result of my life experiences, fascination with photographers life and technique, senses, imagination, and curiosity.  

I have considered using the images to develop cards.  I want to explore this idea more.  For the mean time, enjoy the images.

Instagram photographs

Made some changes to the pages of the website and added more personal work.  Checkout my new Personal Work section to see some of my images of:

Sacramento Local Latino Artists
La Raza Galeria Posada

Check out the images and let me know what you think!