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Why "Eclipsi"? Several reasons. A lot of things have fascinated me since I was a little kid. A few have determined my personality and who I am. Three things have caught my attention predominantly: Languages, People, and the Universe. More...



Thursday, May 8, 2008

Did you see Charly's Angels, wait til' you see Karla's Angels!!

You are going to enjoy this one! Last Saturday Karla celebrated her Quinceanera, finally!!, after several months of rehearsal and planning...that's right, the day came. Well, a lot of people expect quinceañeras to be the typical party with waltz dance and a toast. This was NOT the case. And I loved it!!!..It was just AWESOME!!..Having fun was not exclusive to the people invited: The Photographer had a blast!!..And that was me!:o) In the last two years I had the opportunity to shoot Quinceaneras and it had been a while, a few months, since I got another chance until last Saturday. I almost forgot what it feels like. But now I remembered it all, and honestly, I don't want to forget. It was almost like when you go to your favorite artist concert. He comes out from backstage and all the people screaming, the lights, the loud music!...all that energy...all that energy...ALL THAT ENERGY!! That was it!!. Teenagers have So Much Energy!. The 2 days previous to the quinceanera, I couln't go to the gym, I had been very busy. Thank God. These kids were my workout for the week!...I have to accept that being arround teenagers makes me feel like I'm 15 too. It's not like I'm too old either, I just have twice their age, that's it. But I just love being around them!, they are funny, spontaneous, they are not afraid to be happy, not afraid to be themselves, they are just totally cool!..They can perfectly understands the concept of things and events.

The mass celebration at the Church, was a well handled ceremony. Everybody participated, showed respect for the ritual, the priest and what it meant for Karla and her family. Each one of them bowed as they stopped in front of the altar and were prepared to receive the holly communion, as practiced by Catholics. Karla then received the blessings from her parents and the priest; then proceded to offer flowers to the Virgin Mary. This Celebration has a significant moral and social meaning for the Hispanic Culture. My culture. And in my humble opinion, it gives me a lot of pride to see how hispanic teenagers are not only capable of fullfilling different expectations in a religious, social and cultural aspect but also, the will to exceed such expectations.

When it was time to be disciplined, they behaved. When it was time to follow my directons, they did so. When it was time to be themselves, they practiced their particular individuality. When it was time to work as a team, they stayed together. When it was time to shine, they performed. When it was time to dance,...wow!, they danced!!. Karla headed the group. And she was just drop dead gorgeous. She looked like a movie star. Her beauty was not only from the outside, but on the inside too, which is what made her look even more beautiful. Dedicated to her parents, constantly looked for her mom for help to fix her dress and all those little details. Her dad seemed so proud, and had a reason for it. Karla is a sweet and talented girl. Her friends showed her how much they like her and they were concentrated in making Karla's party, an unforgettable one.

They all preformed a remix of different music rithms: Salsa, merengue, hip-hop, rock, etc. All perfectly sincronized. Beautiful choreography!..it was an awesome performance night for everybody...But for Karla, it was a great opportunity to realize that at her age, her parents, her famlily and her friends are there to provide support, to celebrate and to be part of her dreams...And I, I had the fortune to capture all these moments and expressions so that she can to come back to them many years after this day. I can't wait for my next quinceanera...Congratulations Karla!

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2 comments:

gloria Mesa said...

I love the new look!!

Felicidades!!!

A great friend and a fantastic photographer...
That is you...

Gloria

Mario Herrera said...

Hola Cayupe,

Muchas felicidades por el nuevo look de tu blog, de seguro sera' un buen lugar para demostrar tu gran animo y escribir esas buenas historias que sueles poner. Te deseo todo lo mejor en el futuro.