Ana and Mark Living Pictures Video Slideshow and Preview | October 25, 2014 | Corpus Christi, Texas

 

 

First ever e-cigarette meet up called “Cloud City” outtakes Photojournalism Coverage

Print date July 7, 2014

Where: The Produce Gallery, 415 D Peoples Street, Corpus Christi, Texas

What: First ever e-cigarette meet-up

This is an outtake.  I didn’t think it was a suitable image to send to print partly because the focus was soft, other than that. I LIIIIIIKE it.

 

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Adam Thompson, visiting from Baton Rouge, Louisiana,  demonstrates the e-cigarette at the first e-cigarette meet-up in Corpus Christi known as "Cloud City" at the Produce Gallery on June 27, 2014.  As of June 27, 2014, states that he has not had a cigarette for fourteen days after quitting "cold turkey," and even threw away his last half pack of cigarettes.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times
Adam Thompson, visiting from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, demonstrates the e-cigarette at the first e-cigarette meet-up in Corpus Christi known as “Cloud City” at the Produce Gallery on June 27, 2014. As of June 27, 2014, states that he has not had a cigarette for fourteen days after quitting “cold turkey,” and even threw away his last half pack of cigarettes.

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

Art Museum of South Texas opening for Metal in Motion II: Mark “Scrapdaddy” Bradford and Target Texas: Contemporary Texas Studio Glass | Corpus Christi, Texas | May 15, 2014

This will be quick and dirty… actually nothing dirty about this post, just quick really, but you know that’s how the saying goes. See I just wanted to let you look at pictures, and now I”m trying to have a conversation with you, instead of just letting you peruse at your own pace… what’s that… she’s singing?  Gotta GO!!!

 

Visit Art Museum of South Texas in person to get a better than presented perspective.

 

 

 

First album photograph is up WORLD WIDE on Apple ITUNES for Clarissa Serna EP Album Cover! Shot in Corpus Christi, Texas

xldkfhdapspodifuajdfhagahgakljalsdfpaojapspodifuadkfhdapspodahgakljalsdfpaojapspodifuadk!!!!!!!!!!!!!! —- That’s literally how I feel, I can’t exactly express or convey the feelings into words in the English language.  My talented friend Clarissa Serna has her EP Album available on iTunes RIGHT NOW!! AND It just so happens that the cover photograph was taken by yours truly – me.  I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic journey!

Purchase the EP on ITUNES by clicking….. right………wait for it…. HERE!

The photograph was taken at Revolution Bar and Grill in Corpus Christi, Texas.  SHOT OUT to Rick and the gang for letting us use the space.

PLUS

View “Hold your Hand”  music video featuring E Class, shot by my buddy and UBER talented photographer Gilbert of Department 13 Films.

 

 

Clarissa Serna | The Voice | Corpus Christi, Texas #teamclarissa

 

I’d like to congratulate Clarissa Serna on her terrific run on The Voice. She made it to the TOP 20!  BOOM!  Go Girl!  We’re all so proud of you!  I know this is only the beginning of a new journey, and we’re all extremely excited to see where it takes you!

I’d also like to share a memory I experienced with Clarissa as well.  While we were shooting her album cover, we had an awesome sunset.  And we decided to go to the closest clearing in the city that we could find. Coincidentally it was my Blanche Moore Elementary school parking lot.

We rushed over to the parking lot which was about 10 minutes away from Revolution – which is one of the main locations Clarissa found her “chops”. We jumped out of the car and started taking a few pics using only natural light, and a 42 inch silver reflector.  Those weren’t coming out… so I decided to silhouette her, and voila.  Still one of my favorite images to this day, and it also served as an advertisement I used in NSIDE Magazine back when I was shooting for them.  It also kick-started me chasing down my “love-silhouette” images.

I can’t locate the original image offhand, but trust me just below the crop there is a metal fence that runs across the image and a Chevy Silverado pickup.

The reason I include it is to show that you never know where your journey will take you until you step out!  I never thought I’d photograph someone in the parking lot of my elementary school, and yet here it is!  LOVE THAT HAIR FLOWIN’ in the wind….

DON’T be AFRAID to DREAM BIGGER!!!

 

Clarissa Serna nside ad 051611 low resolution

Clarissa Serna nside ad 051611 low resolution

Paula Deanda | New York City December 2010 | Corpus Christi | The Voice 2014

It’s always a special thing when people DECIDE to pursue their dreams, and I’m honored to say that I’ve shared in Paula’s journey.  She recently competed in the pop culture show “The Voice.” Unfortunately she battled against Celine Dion’s former vocal coach…. yeah.  Never the less, Paula is still so young and talented with so much potential and future within.

On my first visit to the city I connected with a friend from Corpus Christi, Texas who was managing or representing Paula at the time.  She gave me the opportunity to snap a few photographs of her in Rockefeller Center, and then videotape her performance of “Easy” at Mike Ruiz‘s Birthday party at a brand new bar that I no longer remember the name of.   If anything this shows my progression as a portrait photographer.  For whatever reason I only brought my “non-portrait” lenses (17-40 and 50mm) with me.  It’s like trying to filet a fish with a butter knife.  This fact coupled with my inability to properly pose people, especially amongst throngs of internationals visiting the city, and almost freezing temperatures, we didn’t turn out with very many keepers. But hey if anything I’m still here and still learning the art of posing and photography, much like she’s still pursuing her singing career…  I applaud her for deciding to ACTUALLY follow her dreams, and encourage her to pursue, pursue, pursue!!!  Even in the face of rejection.

Paula Deanda Rockefeller Center New York City MD Photography- 2010

Paula Deanda Rockefeller Center New York City MD Photography- 2010

Below is her official music video – which is of much higher quality, and features a man flipping out of the car and getting turned down when he asks her out, plus that international dude from “That 70’s Show,” and Bow Wow – the artist formally, er, formerly known as Lil-Bow-Wow.