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

Thanks for stopping by!

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.

 

In Memory of Michael P. Flores, Senior Airmen Benjamin White, 1st Lt Joel Gentz, and SSgt David Smith

Today marks the four year anniversary of my oldest and most respected cousin Michael P. Flores. He was killed in action on a rescue mission in Afghanistan on June 9, 2011 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
As a young child, Michael was someone that I looked up to for anything and everything.  We spent a few summers in the small town of Agua Dulce, Texas with our grandparents.  We stayed up late playing madden and wrestling.  I was always second fiddle, and I didn’t mind one bit. He was the oldest, he was the strongest, the quickest in the pool on the field, the smartest, the most handsome, the YOUFILLINTHEBLANKANDHEWASIT adjective.  Countless people are walking the Earth today because of his, and his compatriots, valiant efforts. They faced the most hostile conditions day in and day out rescuing people in danger.  Their creed – “THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.”

Their helicopter, while in the AIR, was shot down by a SURFACE TO SURFACE missile.  That gives you an idea of how close to danger these brave men faced every time they suited up.

His memory lives on with us day to day, frozen as a young 30-year old father of two, husband to a beautiful and caring mother, wonderful parents, brother and sister, loving grandmother, aunts and uncles, and countless cousins and family that span from the Middle East to Hawaii.  We love you and will never forget your courage and selfless dedication for others.

To the family members of these brave individuals, our hearts and prayers are with you today and always.

Learn more about the foundation and how to make a donation DIRECTLY to the “That Others May Live” Foundation.

Michael’s family is actually part of the TOML-F Public Service Announcement.

Tribute Video

 

Tribute Ceremony in Arizona Video here:

 

Some other brave men that lost their lives that day include 1st Lt Joel Gentz, and SSgt David Smith:

Senior Airmen Benjamin White

DETAILS here (You don’t have to have a facebook account to view the page):
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=134782476599726

Chasing Dreams Tour Vip Party | Happy Birthday to Sam Behymer | May 15, 2014 | Corpus Christi, Tx

Today is Sam Behymer’s birthday, June 6.  Happy Birthday to this very special and lovely lady!!!!!  I didn’t get to stick around for the entire performance at the VIP party at Talons., but I did get to see Sam perform, head tilt and all. Check more of her out at http://sambehymer.com  !!!

1, 2, 3 Happy Birthday to you….

Photo May 15, 9 58 16 PM

Sam and I before concert