Family: 4 Month Old Harlie Alexa

Harlie Alexa is 4 months old now… look how chunky she’s filling out. That smile is absolutely contagious, she looks like a little grandma in that tiny body. I’m such a lucky madrina. Here she is with her abuela, my mother, while she gets milk wasted in the center image.

Captured By Belle: Stroll Through the Americas

2minxinx2minxinx2minxinxAfter one of my interviews, I had some time to kill until I headed to another. I told you guys I was getting on my job hunting head set. The first interview was eh… Don’t get me wrong, The interview went great, I usually do pretty well on those things, but the actual job itself was pretty much a drag. You know that feeling you get when you just walk into a pyramid scheme. That’s what I got, even though it wasn’t. The company seemed legit, but something about it just gave me a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. And yes, I did get a call back.

I was strolling through the city, Avenue of the Americas to be exact. I had my camera in hand and a lens I never use. It was time to put this 75-300mm to good use. I noticed that with this lens, I have to have some decent space in between myself and the subject. So now that I had some open space, I was free to shoot as I pleased. When I was younger I used to take my dingy old cameras and take pictures of city life. I’m sure I can find some pictures somewhere. Yes, my editing skills were horrible, my equipment could have been better, but for what it was, it was pretty decent.  This time, I just w anted to get comfortable with the camera in public. Usually in the city, people just look at you as if you’re a tourist. I just kept clicking, tell me what you guys think.2minxinx2minxinx

Captured By Belle: Sylas’s Baptism


This must be baptizing season, not that I’m complaining. This is when I get some nice action, or should I say Belle, my canon gets some action. Long time friend, who I barely see, but should really make some more time for her, because she’s such a sweetheart Stephanie, hit me up because her adorable looking son was ready to rock all white for the big guy upstairs.

I have to admit, I took more than 500 pictures for this event. A bigger family usually means everyone wants a personalized touch. One thing I didn’t mind at all. Plus, since I have  met Steph’s family a long time ago (we met in 3rd grade and officially became friends in 7th grade) getting them to pose, was super easy. A task I usually have a hard time doing when it comes to large groups, since usually someone doesn’t tend to grasp the concept. Everyone was so great and attentive. The main big guy for the day Sylas, was a different story, since he was feeling a bit feverish (awwww) it was a little tough to get him smiling. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t look adorable as every with that little pout of his, I mean, look at those cheeks!

I sent Steph options in color as well as black and white, though the colored ones were super cute, I feel like black and white did just enough justice, for the day. I’ve include some of my favorites in this post, since I would never over load you guys with 500 pictures at once!

I hope you guys like!love, m

If you are located in the NYC area and are interested in having your or your family photographs taken by a self taught photographer, please feel free to email me at 2minxinx@gmail.com with the subject: Photography. I am very budget friendly and quotes can be discussed via email.

 

Brownsville Anti-Violence Project

b91b695fd3e210ca365b366edea6591d6ba00b5e7b24e4d721f0beeac7e874b63773ce21c467db0612560b034c0b4abf1The Arts against Violence: Changing the Narrative of Brownsville community-wide project
 at the Van Dyke Community Center on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 8pm, the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project (BAVP) and its’ advisory boards have planned a grand summer finale.
Tatu from Xmental inc invited me to join in on the opportunity to help.
Many kids now a days, don’t have an outlet to escape from their harsh surroundings,
Art is one of the ways you can express yourself in a positive manner.

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Xmental is a coalition of community organizers, artists, and teachers committed to mentoring and educating urban youth.

We are an organization devoted to creating a safe space for our youth to practice creative self-expression and develop positive mindsets, self confidence, and self awareness.

3I arrived with my photographer for the day, My Mr.Minx 🙂 and got to work right away.4I loved how all the staff and the kids of the community center were all representing wearing purple for anti violence.

It made me think of my cousin Jasmine, but for some reason, I smiled instead of getting all down on the dumps.

She would be proud of all the work that’s being into put into the awareness of anti-violence.

Anti-violence from not only a domestic standpoint, but from bullying, gang related incidents etc.5This was my colorful palette, I couldn’t resist taking the camera from Q and snapping a quick pic.6

There was speakers, raising awareness, poets, photographers. kids displaying work, dancers….

like these cute girls from a local church.

I loved how graceful they will spin, plus no vulgar dancing!!!

Just like girls their age should be dancing, no twerking please!

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This pretty lady here is also a talented poet, and though I failed to get her name( booooo me),  I made sure I complimented her on her great hair.

I thought she was simply beautiful.

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Patty Eljaiek ‘s canvas. She’s so talented. Her watercolors are on tissue, like bounty tissue paper! Who even thinks of that?

She also used picture clippings, markers and others…talk about mixed media.

Plus her faces turn out amazing!10

↑This baby right here will be made into a mural soon, I can’t wait to see the end result.11Now, this ↑ wall right here, what a story.

I had the pleasure of falling in awe with these works by an 8 year old talented little girl.

8 years old, can you imagine?

The use of space is on point, she covers everything, and has a great eye for color.

If her age isn’t enough for you, she is also diagnosed with autism.

I’ve never had the chance of meeting a future artist, let alone in her early years.

She seemed really shy, but I couldn’t help but give her compliments.

Her mother explained, they barely can afford art materials, but no worries because  Xmental inc. will make sure she has supplies to keep the art coming!

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This gorgeous little beauty, and noooo I’m not talking about Q…haha ( you cute too boo) blew my mind away.

This 11 year old mc by the name of Tayahna is waaaaaaay too talented for her own good.

Not only did she have bars, writing her own songs, she captivated the audience like I never expected.

The crowd was clapping to her beat, singing along with her, and to top it all off, she burst into some killer dance moves and had everybody on their feet.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I see her on t.v. or hear her in the radio in years to come.

I was lucky to meet her and I wish her nothing but success in her future endeavors.

You can find her on Youtube here.15

↑ Photographs that were displayed.

↓These awesome fellas displayed their colorful work and were all smiles =]

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It was a great event and I was so happy to be part of something good.

Not but not least, here is my canvas, which I had no idea on what I wanted to do, but then again, when is that new?

haha.

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photography show

I left work and headed to meet up with Misha. She was excited to go to a photography show in Williamsburg and I was there to accompany her.

I have to admit, I was cranky and grouchy and must have been a pain. It was hot outside, I was hungry, I was tired from work and not to mention Misha failed to do her homework before we left the house and find out the address or directions and my phone was on 16%. I was not a happy camper.

                          

After we got the address from the awesome Philartiste we headed on our way and got there right when it started.. It was pretty empty. I know Misha was happy to see the show, so I put on a smile and tried not to be bitchy. I know it wasn’t her fault I was cranky and I didn’t want to take it out on her.

The show was pretty good, good and quiet. I’m not much of a photography head, so this was Misha’s element and I let her do her thing, mingle, pick up tips, network, etc.

I caught up with Phil hearing his amazing stories from Paris. He had just came back and was makiing me so jealous with the details. The graffitti was spectacular, the views amazing and the trip too short. He seemed so happy and that made me happy.

Maybe one day I’ll get to travel like I’ve always wanted to do and see these astonishing views of myself.

Since I had work early in the morning, we headed back to our ways and called it a night. I wish I would have gotten a few more pictures to show you the dope works of the artists, but like I mentioned before 16% quickly turned to 2%. And we all know what happens after 2%.

Outtakes From Misha Merino’s Shoot

 Fashionista.com gave me the awesome privelage of being interviewed by them to be posted on their site.

( Read that post here ) 

So, with that being said, here are the outtakes of that shoot. These just didn’t make the cut to making it into the final round of pics for the interview.  I hope you guys enjoy.

Photographed by Misha Merino.