A friend of mine who also lives here in NY was just telling me that she is having some moments of nostalgia for Los Angeles. I have to say, I am always nostalgic for California. I was born and raised there. I grew up on a farm, and ran wild in places that only seem to exist in my imagination at this point, as I am surrounded by the heat of this concrete jungle that we call NYC. Something that I really love about California, is the latin influence. The mayor of Los Angeles is Mexican, the Mexican food is unparalleled, and the the whole culture of Salvi, Guatmalan, and Mexican, skater/punk kids totally fascinates me. My mother is from Guatemala, my father is of German/Irish descent, so I'm never quite one or the other, somewhere in between Latina and white girl. Regardless, I feel very connected in latin culture, since I lived in L.A. for so long, and these are my peeps! I am a child of the 80's and I never saw a Mexican kid ride a skateboard around my hood. So much of the media portrayal of Mexicans/Guatemalans/Salvadoreans, was about gang violence, working class roles, and any other lower denomination of the social ladder. I think that's what makes me feel so psyched to see latin skater kids sort of walking to the beat of their own drum. I photographed these kids while I was in L.A., and these three beauties are triplets, all from the same amazing womb! Loving them, and representin' Mexican style. Happy Summer!
This has been an amazing summer, and I'm really lucky to have worked with such different couples from all walks. As a photographer, it's my job to bring out the best in every situation, and to find the best way to document the couples day. This day in particular had a limited location set, but it somehow ended up being a great way to work. I'm used to running around from one place to another, and this day really all took place in their back yard, and it still has so much variety. I loved working with Fiona and Kevin because their family was such a big part of their day. Everyone really pulled together to prepare for the event, including some traditional dishes from their homeland of Trinidad. It's nice to see how each couple does things differently, and this wedding was really modest in it's approach, but still had such a beautiful flair of color, celebration, and culture!