Flamenco Dancer - Personal Project

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Flamenco Dancer - Personal Project

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

This is a wonderful time to reflect on the wonderful things, people and places that have influenced my life.  Of course, you probably already know that I was born in Sevilla, Spain.  Before you ask... No, we don't eat tacos there and tortillas are a completely different thing.  

My mother was full blooded Spaniard, falling in love with a young USAF airman from North Carolina and BAM! the world got me.  That was a very long time ago and while I lost my mom to cancer over 30 years ago, she has never been away from my heart.  

I think most people have fond memories of their parents and I'm no different in that way, but I remember some of the smallest moments with great clarity.  My mother overcame many obstacles to become a naturalized U.S citizen in the '60s and the challenges of being a single parent to two rambunctious boys.  Yes, I have a brother that was in love with Cleopatra.  Give it a minute... you will figure it out.

I recall with joy was my mom's passion for the arts.  She is an avid artist in her youth and constantly doodled anytime a pencil was in her hands.  I remember she would do little drawings in the margins of the checkbook register.  I loved visiting local museums with her and she amazed me with her explanations of the paintings, sculptures, and lives of the artists. Her face would always light up when telling a good story not found in my school textbooks.

She was a talented dancer, and in Spain - We Flamenco You can be sure I was more than a little excited when my Tita Maria - my auntie - sent my mother's custom flamenco dress from the '50s.  She was so tiny!  I can almost hear the click-clack of shoes popping the wooden floor during a performance.

It has taken some time to find the right model that can fit into the outfit and has the Spanish look to bring the art of the dance to my photography.  We found Cayden at a pageant in Tuttle, OK.  She has that the fire of perfection in her eyes!

On this Thanksgiving holiday, I'm especially grateful for my mother, who influence me as an artist and fueled my curiosity of the world.  Your legacy of the arts continues with me and I will pass along to my children.

Here is an example of Cayden working my mother's flamenco dress in the studio at Six One Six Studios in Moore, Oklahoma.  I'm sure you will see more of this personal project including a street shoot in Kansas City, MO., sister city to my hometown.

I would love to hear your comments below.  Wishing you all a fabulous holiday!

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Cody + Becca = the Fishing Knot

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Cody + Becca = the Fishing Knot

If the title is surprising, you might need to get the pre-wedding story from a previous blog post - GROOMS - Step It Up.  Yep, this is the "fishing groom" we were bragging about.  Cody is his name and Becca is his newly wedded bride.

We had the great honor and privilege of covering the wedding activities for this fun loving couple. Their ceremony and reception were held at Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma.  I have to mention that besides the beautiful surroundings of this church and the tenderness of the staff, this church had an awesomely cold A/C.  It was that cool air that kept us inside comfortable and dry from the Oklahoma humidity.  One more thing, I've never seen a facility with better landscaping.  Kudos to the yard people!

We also want to give a big shout-out to the vendors that helped make this day extra special with their caring attitude, professional spirit, and quality services.  

Jennifer Klakulak - Wedding Coordinator - klakklan@gmail.com

Susan - Uptown Grocery Co. Catering - events@uptowngroceryco.com

Cindy Keeton - A Better Bloom - (405) 309-3300

Nicole Dionne Willis - Ibrow Studio - (405) 348-2769

Bridal Gown - Pomp & Pageantry - (405) 631-1927

We don't want to miss mentioning and giving a "high-five" with a round of applause to our talented photographic team that made it possible for us to be in multiple places at once.  They are like MAGIC!

Vanessa Wells - Vanessa Wells Images - (405) 210-4518

Jamie Cobb - RentPhotoVille - (405) 370-1268

Now that you make it through all the kudos and kind words, here are some teasers from Cody & Becca's wedding day.  Enjoy!

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Teen Fashion Shoot with Ally

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Teen Fashion Shoot with Ally

June has been a busy month so far and while almost all our edits are done, we are working to catch up with sharing session previews to social media.  Here is a quick look from a recent Teen Fashion session with Ally.

We really enjoyed working with young lady creating amazing images.  We are positive she will enjoy sharing these with family and friends.  I wonder which one image from the session will be her favorite to convert into Wall Art for decorating their home?  Stay tuned and we will update you after the reveal appointment!

These are a few of our favorites from the day.

 

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Teaser Video for Tuttle Cheer Senior Shoot Day

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Teaser Video for Tuttle Cheer Senior Shoot Day

We had a blast today shooting a group of amazingly talented young ladies around the Oklahoma City downtown area.  Here is the teaser video of the street strut portion of the evening with the 2017/2018 high school seniors from Tuttle, OK Cheer Squad.  

Thanks for the wonderful memories today and we wish you all a FABULOUS season!

Special thanks to Interfit Photographic for the amazing battery powered S1 - The Power to Light Anywhere!

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Alfred Angelo - Are You Missing Me Yet?

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Alfred Angelo - Are You Missing Me Yet?

I was going through some old videos looking for some BTS of a wedding for one of my sponsors and WOW! - I found some videos on my other channel of the great Girls' Night Out hosted by Alfred Angelo in Oklahoma City.

These events were hosted once a quarter with local wedding vendors while brides came it to try on dresses, check out accessories, or browse through the endless selections of bridesmaid's gowns.

After looking at the videos and images I can't help but wonder - Does Alfred Angelo miss me?  Maybe you don't, but I sure do miss the great times and wonder where all the people and what are they doing.

If you attended these vendors parties, please comment below with an update. And if you are a current staff of the location in Oklahoma City - Call me, let's do lunch... I miss you!

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