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While in Miami for the Target event at Hispanicize, Julia wanted to collaborate on her concept of a shoot she calls “Colors of Miami.” She writes so beautifully so this blog post is her words to my photography.
Colors of Miami
What a beautiful, vibrant colorful place the city of Miami is. The city is painted in so many great colors and it has such a great feeling of an old world along with a new one. South Beach is a great extension of these colors, but not just the literal ones, the people are what really add the richness to this city. Traveling to a new place and discovering the people. People have so much more depth than the surface of their life. We are all multiple colors and hues. Here are some who really make up the color, spirit, depth, character and soul of this city. One of the greatest quotes written by Edgar Allan Poe, “ Beauty of whatever kind, in its true development invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” We found a few beauties and their truth within their beauty.
The Kent Hotel, South Beach Miami
Our first model of the day and the ray of pure light that we needed just before the storm (literally)….Such a love light held under the most gorgeous mane of curls, Racquel is a natural in front of the lens and in front of any backdrop. Racquel is a fashion designer and understands the body as well as the form. She is a native Californian who has brought the West Coast Sun to the fiery South Beach. Racquel is on an adventure in life to bring her dream to a reality and what a gift to us that we got to be part of it. Sweet and sexy is her appeal, yet she has an edge that will surely bring success in all forms to her life. She was gracious enough to model one of her very own designs that is perfect for her silhouette. She has a colorful soul that has a touch of shyness, but when cozy with a room filled of beautiful men, she speaks her mind.
More of these at the end…
Courtney has been doing everyone’s hair and makeup since she was in Junior High School and additionally expressing herself through dance. Truly and artist and a creator in her fingertips as well as in her heart, she becomes a butterfly when she is allowed freedom of expression. This gorgeous woman also doubled as our makeup artist and model. Courtney is also defining of the color of South Beach although she was only here for a mere 2 days. Courtney was a natural pick to be a part of this grouping because of those eyes, those lips, and that smile but moreover, her ability to consistently see the beauty in others. She is an angel that is guiding and loving. She is the love connection between many and to think she is only in her early 20’s.. The world is about to discover Courtney Eads of Courtney K. Designs.
It is quite a miraculous thing when people come in to our lives for one reason or another, even if we do not know immediately why. Lance is one of those people. As an Army Reserve, Lance could give the appearance of a tough guy, but beyond this armor is a sweet, sensitive loving man with an inner light that shines as bright as his smile. He blushed when asked to be in a photo shoot. He blushed when told he was handsome and had a ridiculously great smile. He was more than willing to be a part of our “Colors of Miami” Shoot. He was early, and attentive but in the most serene way. . His passion lies where people are the most vulnerable: love. Lighting didn’t need to be optimal for us to see how his entire face ignites when he smiles. Like looking into the eyes of one of the most caring human beings; Lance is a man dedicated to harmony, peace and love.
A true, pure beautiful person. Whether the color of her hair, eyes or skin, she is captivating through and through. There is the most loving, kind person that radiates from Melissa.. A photograph of her was so desirable. She is embedded in our hearts no matter how far away we are, but to capture her love light on film was a necessity. She is Honduran originally from New Jersey and now resides in Florida. She is stunning in any color, and has a heart of gold as you can see in her smile that arises from her eyes. The turquoise in Miami is so enriching and defining of South Beach and of the liveliness of the people. Melissa is perfect to set against this color and Oh My goodness she looked as if the photo was meant to happen. Gorgeous… just gorgeous.. Melissa is one of the huge inspirations behind the “Colors of Miami” shoot ..
Kevin A. Walton
Even a poet could struggle with the words to describe a modern day philosopher that exists only in our history books. He is a like a carved statue in France; truly a work of art to admire. Coincidently he takes care of his body and soul like a diligent serving being. I suppose it is only natural to sit and stare, but knowing that the beauty in this man comes from his birth, his connection with life, his belief’s, his faith and connection to others, stare all you will, he is more than a captivating icon. He celebrates his life journey and tells it willingly. He could write a book similar to a guide to living the best life ever. He walks into a room almost oblivious that he is being stared at by every female. He speaks to everyone with the same loving, inspirational and guiding soul. There is music in his step, poetry in his heart and on his lips, epitomizing togetherness, oneness, connection, more than anything LOVE and TRUTH.
K DUB The Truth.
Angelica and Kayson
Mama and baby boy photos are always so heartwarming. Angelica has such a huge and loving heart for her sweet and very silly little Kayson. After listening to her speak about him, we had to meet this cutie. He says “Mami is petie”.. pretty in 2 year old speech, and puts his little hand on her face.. Angelica is a natural beauty with as much beauty within. She is young, hardworking and such a loving Mom and sister. Angelica has a fire that comes out like light from her eyes. Her voice is soothing and brings warmth to the heart. She also has a wonderful sense of humor that resides like a playful child behind her eyes. That is what is so special about her relationship with Kayson. You can tell that Angelica and Kayson understand each other well just by the interaction in the photos.
More Racquel. We didn’t plan on shooting her in this outfit, but it was so fun not to!
Thank you all so much for being part of this shoot!
My trip to Mimai a couple weeks ago was a whirlwind! I had an opportunity to photograph an event for Target: the decor and happenings of the lounge and the pool party at the Hipanicize event that took place at the Eden Roc Hotel. Phil Colon does a lot for Hispanicize and is the mastermind behind this Target setup. My friend Julia of Serendipitous Events was organizing the event for Phil. She thought I would be the perfect photographer for this and that’s how I came into the mix!
It was such a great experience to be around such beautiful, warm, friendly people including several Latin celebrities. Miami Beach is gorgeous and so are all the people within. (Stay tuned for a shoot up next on the blog with some of those beautiful people.) I love Miami!
The seriously beautiful Target Lounge by Phil Colon. This was designed for the Hispananicize attendees to come hang out, listen to the headphones, play on the iPads, charge phones, eat snacks provided by Target and socialize.
Gaby Natale of SuperLatina.
Target’s poolside party at the Eden Roc Renaissance, Miami Beach.
Hola Martin with the swimmers.
In honor of Cinco De Mayo, I give you this Mexican themed wedding from the end of last year. There were so many perfectly fun Mexican details. It was a warm, fun, family filled day, complete with a live Mariachi band and Tequilla. (I would know, they made me take a shot) and some of the best food I’ve had a wedding. What can I say, I love Mexican! I even cheated on my mostly Vegetarian diet to consume those delightful Carnitas! I’m not sorry.
Thank you so much Cristina + Richardo for making us feel like family!
The got married in St Edwards Catholic Church
Reception at McCoy Equestrian Center
These gorgeous flower children happen to be my family.. Aren’t they just so beautiful?! This is my Aunt (sister of my mom) and my cousins (I secretly call them Indian princesses, they are too pretty.) I love these pictures so much, I am jealous I don’t have pictures like these with my mom!
Somehow all the stars aligned and I got the opportunity to:
1. Go to Miami for 8 days
2. Shoot an event for Target, as in Target
It was for an event called Hipanicize which brings brands, media, marketers, celebrities, filmmakers, innovators and bloggers together in a unique creative environment focused on ideas and best practices.