Meg and John Wedding | Mansion by the Sea, Aransas Pass, Texas | June 6, 2014

I’ve been extremely blessed to come across clients that are basically the most wonderful people on the Earth.  Meg is a talented artist who hails from Canada, she created a Thumb Print Tree for her wedding guests and plans to frame and display in their new home!  I’m waiting for a pic!  John is an oil man who loves to make lists, lists, and more lists!

They held an intimate wedding ceremony at the Mansion by the Sea attended by close friends and family.  Meg actually had two of her childhood guy friends serve as “BRIDESMEN.”   This also marked the first time I was able to take a photograph of the entire wedding ceremony in a heart shape around the couple.  I think everything turned out great, and I’m not biased.

Please enjoy the Living Pictures Video Slideshow as well as some of my favorite images from their special day.  It was a beautiful beginning to the start of a new life together for the two families!

Venue: Mansion by the Sea

Corpus Christi, Texas High School Softball Moody Trojans versus Edcouch Elsa Lady Yellowjackets | Publish Date April 26, 2014 Photojournalism OUTTAKES

This was my first softball coverage for the Corpus Christi newspaper, shot in Cabaniss Field in Corpus Christi, Texas featuring High School Softball Moody Trojans versus Edcouch Elsa Lady Yellowjackets. Game date of April 25, 2014, and publish date of April 26, 2014.

Once I got onto the field I immediately tried to shoot a candid of the Trojan team before the announcement of starting line-up.  Some of the girls immediately posed and I gave the reply I always give “I’m not here,” to which they then planned something to do and waited for me to snap a picture, to which I replied, “but you’re acting because you know I’m here.”  Then finally I just indulged and said, “okay.” Then one player suggested to take a jumping picture… so these ensued.  First a trainer of some sort photobombed by jumping in front, so we naturally had to do it again, then one side jumped before the other or the other side jumped after the other, or vice-versa.

 

I’ll try to post link of published photos … but if I forget, then please leave a comment to remind me. I would think very highly of you…

 

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Mari and Daniel Wedding Preview including Living Pictures Video Slideshow | Corpus Christi, Texas | Aransas Pass, Texas

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but I’d simply like to share that I’m extremely happy that Mari found Daniel and vice-versa!

Details

Ceremony: Most Precious Blood Catholic Church

Reception: Mansion by the Sea

Floral and Decorations: Razzle Dazzle Event Decorating Inc.

Cake: Simply Elegant by Raymond

Video: Big Box Pro

Catering: Katz 21

Unity Rings: Camilles Original Jewelry Designs

 

Women’s Shelter of South Texas Great Expectations Series with Henry Winkler | June 30, 2014

I am proud to have provided the event photography for the Women’s Shelter of South Texas Great Expectations Speaker Series on Monday, June 30, 2014, featuring author, director, producer and iconic Happy Days actor Henry Winkler affectionately known as “The Fonz” at the American Bank Center.

Here is the link to visit the photos on their Facebook page.

It’s become a tradition to photograph the speakers against a blue wall with an overhead window

Women's Shelter of South Texas Great Expectations Series with He

Here is last year’s speaker Nia Vardalos

 

2014 Wind Fest | Portland, Tx |Publication date April 14, 2014 | Corpus Christi, Texas

Below are some of my images and ensuing rants, ramblings, and explanations about the who, how, why, where, and what-is and what-nots of my 2014 Windfest coverage in Portland, Texas for the local Corpus Christi, Tx newspaper on April 13, 2014.

The first image involves the ride called “Tornado.”  My approach was to play with motion tracking photography (not sure if that’s the technical term).  There was something interesting about how seemingly disinterested this one girl was while riding, just twirling her hair so nonchalantly.  I would have gladly traded places with her, not that I’m not perfectly content with my lot, just saying.  I was unable to catch her camera center. But this works for me.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

The following photo was one of my favorites from the day.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Adolfo Sanchez and grand son Jeremiah Sanchez, 17 months, ride the merry-go-round at the . They were both first time attendants of 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times
Adolfo Sanchez and grand son Jeremiah Sanchez, 17 months, ride the merry-go-round at the . They were both first time attendants of 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014

When I showed the picture on the back of the camera to father of the child he asked, “you made this just now with your camera?” I immediately said yes, though I wondered later how else I could have made it.

Then there was Elvis:

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times What I love about shooting wide angle ~16 mm focal range, is well, the angle the unique perspective provides.  They say that the 50mm focal range most closely resembles how the eye sees, and I don’t disagree with this,  in so much as our eyes see more than we can, or rather we perceive more than we’re able to actually focus upon.  I think the wide angle perspective really allows us to feel as though we’re in the moment through TOTAL immersion.  This is not to say that any other focal length such as telephoto ~200 mm, does not provide a similar effect;  I just believe it tends to provide a more personal immersion, as opposed to TOTAL immersion.  Take for instance this shot of Elvis, one can almost feel like this could be them…

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

… which is very different from the feeling of “I could be there now” the below photo provides:

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Drew Barbee photographs a family picture in front of the “Himalaya” ride at the 2014 Windfest on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Daniel P. Moore Community Complex.

The following two are self-explanatory.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Anika Smith , 7, Vivian Pshigoda, 5, Jessa Smith, 6 of Rhythm and Moves Dance Academy perform at the 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Their routine included tap, ballet, jazz, and Polynesian/hula.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Anika Smith , 7, Vivian Pshigoda, 5, Jessa Smith, 6 of Rhythm and Moves Dance Academy perform at the 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Their routine included tap, ballet, jazz, and Polynesian/hula.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Anika Smith , 7, Vivian Pshigoda, 5, and Jessa Smith, 6 of Rhythm and Moves Dance Academy wait to perform at the 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Their routine included tap, ballet, jazz, and Polynesian/hula.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Anika Smith , 7, Vivian Pshigoda, 5, and Jessa Smith, 6 of Rhythm and Moves Dance Academy wait to perform at the 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Their routine included tap, ballet, jazz, and Polynesian/hula.

 

With this one I tried to capture children at the first visible turn, and then one at the base, exiting the slide.  I didn’t get it.  But the following image is interesting to me, since it almost looks as though the child is frozen on her back at the base of the slide.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Tornado

And finally, another motion shot.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

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Closet Snoop | Corpus Christi Ballet | Corpus Christi, Texas | Publish Date April 6, 2014

This is a post containing photographs that were taken on Thursday, March 27, 2014.  I have a 90 day embargo from print date that I can share pooooblicly.   The ninety days have passed, and so here they are.  This is the first use of my profoto for “serious” portraits, aka stuff I shoot for the $$$moola$$$.  Let me start off by saying that I LOVE them, and naturally.

I had the chance to work with a subject who was willing and PATIENT enough to work through what amounted to a 3 hour session, one of the longer ones for this sort of portrait session.  We battled rain, Corpus Christi WIND, and humidity typical in this region. It was also the first time my brand spankin’ new profoto d1’s were rained on. Thankfully it was “light” so they survived, if you’ll pardon the pun.   Anyways, here they are.  With everything that I photograph I make it a point to be the best that I can do at the time.  This is my best foot forward on March 27, 2014.  The next time I shoot, I will try to outdo this, to out-perform, to be more creative, to be more distinct, etc…  Enjoy.  Oh and if you’d like to see this talented lady in action visit the performance of “Remembrances” performed by the Corpus Christi Ballet this past April…  yeah I know, you missed it. I saw it. It was lovely. Sorry. IF you missed it, I suggest you GET CULTURED more often than NOT.

 

Anisha and Hunain Wedding Ceremony | Private Residence, Port Aransas, Texas

Anisha and Hunain celebrated their wedding ceremony on a private residence just outside Port Aransas, Texas.  Congratulations to their family members Ismail and Shahabani who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary as well! I wish them the best together as they discover this new chapter in their lives.