During my journey as a photographer, I have been called on to take photos of multiple events for both marketing purposes and for documentation purposes. This section of my portfolio will outline these different tasks and their historical significance.
2019 Texas Folklife Festival
In 2019 I was called to come in and help with photos for the 2019 Texas Folklife Festival. This was truly an unforgettable experience.
Every year, the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures puts on the Texas Folklife Festival which celebrates the lives and cultures of texans who have inhabited this land for over 300 years. Below are a few of the shots taken at this event in 2019.
More information on the Folklife Festival can be found on the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures website.
2020 Chairwoman’s Breakfast Feat. Dolores Huerta
In 2020, while working for Dr. Erika Gonzalez, Chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I was given the opportunity to coordinate and execute the planning and program for the 2020 Chairwoman’s Breakfast. This breakfast invited Dolores Huerta to San Antonio and about 400 other San Antonio leaders together to celebrate The Power of Our Voice – the Chamber’s theme for the year.
I was also able to coordinate the interviews for Dolores with a local radio show host, Norma Martinez, to produce an episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Fronteras.
The photos for the Chairwoman’s Breakfast can be found below and more information on the work that Dolores Huerta is doing, please visit her website here.
Mariachi Campanas de America
Some of my greatest joys to shoot are Mariachi musicians, and Folklorico performers. In 2020, I was invited to shoot the 2020 Mariachi Campanas de America Valentine’s Day Concert. This show was an absolute blast! Mariachis bring life to San Antonio and present us with a history that many of us are familiar with but not always understanding of.
Dia De Los Muertos at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
Dia De Muertos runs from October 31 – November 2 and in 2018 as well as in 2019, I have celebrated this amazing remembrance of the dead and our loved ones passed at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. The day’s events include calavera face painting, tapete building (carpet made of sawdust) and enjoying food and live music with family, friends, and community members. This year’s event was amazing – check out a few highlights below.
For more information about the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Dia De Los Muertos Celebracion, visit their website here.
Noche Azul – Chavela Vargas
Every month, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center celebrates life and culture with a concert by Azul Barrientos, acclaimed musician. To experience a Noche Azul is to experience a night rooted in passion, life, culture, and love. I have taken photos at almost every Noche Azul since I began visiting the Esperanza Center in August 2018. Here are a few photos from one of my favorite shows.
For more information about Noche Azul, visit the Esperanza Center page on Noche Azul here.
Las Tesoros de San Antonio at Pearl
In recent years, Las Tesoros de San Antonio – a group of women who were originally singers back in the day – recently had a concert at The Historic Pearl Brewery. By chance, I was there visiting for a photo shoot and was able to stop and document this moment. Las Tesoros were reincarnated by the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and since their return, 2 of the members have unfortunately passed away.
For more information about Las Tesoros de San Antonio, visit the site here.
2019 StMU December Graduation
Each year, I have the tremendous opportunity to take photos for the St. Mary’s University Commencement Ceremony. Watching graduates and faculty/staff celebrate in such a milestone accomplishment is always rewarding. Check out a few of my favorite shots from 2019 December Commencement below.