Jesus and Naty Maternity Session | South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center | Corpus Christi, Tx

I photographed Jesus and Naty’s Wedding 3 years ago. And now it’s time for them to welcome a family member – Camila.  We started the maternity session in their private residence and then we headed over to the South Texas Botanical Gardens. Camila was born on June 24, 2015, 6 days before their 3rd wedding anniversary.  I’m so happy for them!  I’m also thankful to foster a relationship with my clients and to be able to capture their family throughout the years.  

Brandon Senior Portrait Session Living Picture Slideshow | Downtown Corpus Christi, Texas

So my “muse” Bri (click her name to view some of her photos), i.e. the woman “I LOVE SO MUCH,”  has a younger brother named Brandon who is graduating from a local Corpus Christi, Texas high school named Carrol; their mascot is the Tiger.  Her mother, who is “EXTREMELY beautiful,” contacted me to photograph his senior portraits in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.

If you’re interested in a portrait session – contact me here… otherwise PRESS PLAY ALREADY

 

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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Today marks my three year Photojournalism Anniversary with the Corpus Christi Caller Times

Please allow me to pre-preface this post by thanking the Caller Times for trusting and believing in me, and furthermore continuing to provide me opportunities to document the surrounding community events. Specifically the folks at the metro desk (as specific as folks can get), Todd Yates, Michael Zamora and Rachel Denny-Clow. Thank you all!

Let me preface this seminal moment with the fact that my education is in fact in Chemistry, not photography.  I received a BS in Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005. Actually I started out there in the Chemical Engineering department, and then decided I didn’t want to work in a chemical manufacturing plant the rest of my life.  I’ll take you back one step further, and let you in on a secret that your author and photographer almost became a Biomedical Engineer out of Texas A&M University.  When I look back on that “path” I really and truly see myself working in a lab setting developing a project to bridge communication between the human mind and an artificial limb.  Plus I’m pretty sure I’d be revisiting KYLE Field as often as possible having been a former YELL LEADER myself.  BUT none of that happened, or at least not YET, realizing anything remains possible….

Back to the Caller, I remember when I started out asking random people how to get into photographing with the Caller.  Their response was the same, something to the effect that “you don’t have the background for it, plus they’ve got full staff, etc…”  Well, that never stopped me from asking.  Then one day,  I believe it was Fanny who told me to just call this person.  And so I called her, and forgive me, but for the life of me I can’t remember her name. She respectfully declined but encouraged me to apply regardless so that they have my information on file.  And then…

One day roughly three years ago I received that phone call where the voice on the other side asked if I wanted to be a freelance photographer for the Caller Times.  I almost thought it was a prank, but immediately said yes.  Finally all those years of practically stopping short of begging, my dream was able to be realized.

I tell you all this because sometimes life takes us where we least expect.

I’m not going to go through three years worth of photographs and try to select some images… I will however suggest you browse through my photojournalism page.

And I’ll share two stories with you.  I quite literally “royally” screw up my first assignment.  They send me to cover Patrick Jephson, aka PRINCESS Diana’s PERSONAL SECRETARY,  speaking to a local group in the Corpus Christi Town Club.

Here he is with Princess Diana:

Princess Di and Patrick Jephson – RESPECTIVE copyright, ie I did not take this photo.

 

Well at one point he shows a video from the BBC’s personal private collection.  Well I incorrectly reported it as a video from the “ROYAL family’s personal private collection…”  This egregious error came down from the Buckingham palace all the way to Corpus Christi, Texas, or at least that’s how I imagine it happening.  Someone in the palace reading about my misinformation.  To be honest that little notion brought a huge smile to my face, in fact still does to this day, however my elation quickly vaporized and turned into utter despair when I realized that I may never work for this paper again because of it.  Yet, here we are three years later…

View the photo gallery here: http://www.caller.com/photos/2011/may/27/105897/

The second story involves my first Closet Snoop, which basically features clothing of individuals within the local community.  WELL, we’re tasked with having four outfit changes and submitting at least three to four pictures per outfit.  I think I was shooting with spotty radio poppers, even possibly drove up to Austin to purchase them for this… not entirely sure.  My cousin was with me helping with lights and holding a 32-inch reflector.  Well the photos never ran… because of a reason I can’t divulge – so mysterious huh?  But I can show the heck out of them here in this slideshow set to SCHNAZZY jazz music.  Note: this is the raw image gallery, so it includes my outtakes… don’t judge me.

BOTTOM LINE/ TAKE AWAY POINT / MORAL OF THE STORY / Diamond in the rough (waH?)

Keep knocking until someone answers… or just go ahead and *metaphorically* bang the door down!

Happy Cinco de Mayo and 2 Year Anniversary to Monica and Luis – Corpus Christi, Texas and Ranch at San Patricio, Texas – May 5, 2012 | Wedding Videography

Happy Cinco de Mayo (to Everyone) and 2 Year Anniversary to Monica and Luis!!!

 

You hear it all the time, and I’ll say it again here, “TIME FLIES!”  Here on the cusp of summer, I find myself recalling the wedding CELEBRATION of Monica and Luis at the The Ranch at San Patricio on May 5, 2012.  It was the first time I saw performers on stilts, party masks invade the dance floor, and the first time I saw “La Vibora” (check out video below).

Let me wax poetic for a second, I encourage you to celebrate culture and encourage tolerance, embrace our differences as an opportunity to explore and find beauty, not as a breeding ground for fear and hate! That said let the party begin!   Here’s a playlist to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

From an earlier post:

Monica and Luis celebrated their nuptials with a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church and reception at The Ranch at San Patricio.  It was a wonderful day to celebrate a wedding. I’d like to share a piece of this wonderful and truly unique moment (at the very least unique to me) with the sequence of the garder belt and bouquet toss. We’re all familiar with the fact that the lucky recipients are allegedly the next in line to marry.  What transpired yesterday on Cinco de Mayo 2012 had a wonderful twist – quite literally! Naturally the ladies took their turn first, lined up, held hands and then ran amok across the reception hall “ducking” underneath the outstretched veil of the beautiful bride which was held by her dapper young groom Luis, both were elevated by standing on a chair while supported by their friends.

Then the men’s turn, and in turn, they almost completely knocked over Luis – all in good nature of course.  I decided to film this sequence in one continuous shot.  Enjoy the moment and be sure to check out a few pictures from the event below, I was there to capture video but couldn’t resist snapping a few photographs, especially when the men in stilts appeared…

Be sure to keep an eye out for Jade and Jamie of Journey Tree Studio who did the wonderful wedding photography!  Learn more about them at http://www.journeytreestudio.com/

The band is called Manhattan Show and if you’d like a truly unique experience with interactives and props then visit www.manhattanshow.net!

For the video I used a Canon 5d Mk II with a Canon 320 Ex II as a camera light and Glidecam HD 2000 without the body support, for the most part my movement wasn’t too shabby.

Wedding Ceremony

Monica and Luis departing Most Precious Blood Catholic Church

Donde esta el Mariachi???? Esta AQUI!

I was roaming around and she suddenly stopped and posed. I couldn’t resist capturing the moment!

It’s the simple moments like this one that really makes me fall in love with weddings.

The mother of the Bride

Amelia Munoz –  mother of the Bride

I LOVE THIS ONE!

I LOVE THIS ONE!

This was an interesting moment. I was using an off camera flash to light this scene, for some reason the girls just stared upwards at the flash.

This is when things took it up a notch.

This is when things took it up a notch. This is part of Manhattan’s celebration.

Monica took her turn…

…as well as Luis!

Who’s louder – Las Damas??

… o Los Muchachos?

My traditional photo at the end of the night with the newly weds!

Dr. Michael Adams, son of Ansel Adams, and current “Western Exposure” exhibit at Museum of South Texas

On Thursday, January 23, 2014 I had the opportunity to meet Dr Michael Adams, an accomplished physician and pilot and notably the son of of Ansel Adams.  It was the opening reception for the Ansel Adams – Western Exposure, which will be on exhibit until May 4, 2014 (two days from now).  On Friday, January 24, 2014 he gave a presentation over the photographs and items within the current exhibit.  If you’re in the South Texas area, and even if you’re not, I encourage you to visit the Art Museum of South Texas.  My favorite section of the exhibit is in fact not the sweeping landscapes, but rather his portraiture, where images of his closest friends are on display including Alfred Stieglitz who said, “The artist has a right to work with dignity, thinking and doing as he desired.” I couldn’t agree more Mr. Stieglitz.

Unfortunately I couldn’t release these images until 90 days after their print date (February 2, 2014).  Well, what are you waiting for??  Hurry up, take a look at the images, and then make your way over to the museum!

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Dr. Michael Adams, bust of Ansel Adams (middle), and Jeanne Falk Adams

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times
Dr. Michael Adams, bust of Ansel Adams (middle), and Jeanne Falk Adams

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Dr. Michael Adams with bust of Ansel Adams

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times
Dr. Michael Adams with bust of Ansel Adams

Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend Water Gardens Clean-up | Corpus Christi, Texas | March 29, 2014

We had our first quarterly clean up this year for Young Business Professionals of Coastal Bend.  Come on out to our community service meeting tonight at Coffee Waves on Alameda near Tamu-CC starting at 6. We’ve got some big plans in the works, and could sure use your help!