iPhone Photography: Tucson, AZ

If you asked me two years ago what I would do during a hurricane, I'd tell you I'd be sipping cocktails, binge-watching Netflix until the power went out, and engorging myself on snacks that "could spoil, so why chance it?". And yet when a ten-month-old who hates being sweaty and loves routine is thrown into the mix, it changes everything. We decided to sneak off to the complete opposite of Florida: Arizona! Q is from there and his mom still lives there, so it was also a nice excuse to reunite her with B. 

Now I took no actual photos because c'mon. Gimme a break. Traveling with a baby is the worst! My cameras did not make the cut. But I did get to play with the iPhone 7 Plus camera and it's still excellent. 

Tucson is warm, quirky, quiet, and gorgeous. The thin, white clouds are like wisps of stirred cream in coffee. Everything pops with contrast because of the intense sun. I fell in love with the textures of the prickly pears and the greatness of the mighty Saguaros over and over again. The smell, the heat, and the vibrancy hold and inspire you. Admiring Tucson's aesthetic is effortless.   

I guess I owe Hurricane Matthew for kicking us out of Miami for a change of scenery. 

 

Stay transient,

-JE

Huntress Creative: My Tribute to Prince

Like many of the inspiring things in my life, I owe my love of Prince to my mother. Music was always playing, both literally and figuratively, in my early life. Classics like "Raspberry Beret" and "Little Red Corvette" were the soundtrack to our long car rides. Her eyes would light up when she talked about his concerts. 

My fondness for Prince is not unique or exceptional, but his presence in my childhood made his loss heartbreaking. Hours after the news of his passing I knew I wanted to commemorate him through art- it's what would have thrilled him. I play "I Would Die 4 U" for my daughter and dance with her in the living room because the cycle must go on. Artists are eternal, and his legacy will live on through his magical songs and timeless inspiration.

Enjoy my little piece to the lost Prince.

Stay dearly beloved,

-JE

PS: Photo nerd note! I made this "milk" bath with a container of powdered coffee creamer from Publix and neon purple food coloring. It didn't stain the tub at all. :) 

 

 

Haitian Lives Matter: The March in Miami

It was a typical hot, bright afternoon in Miami when I heard shouting and horns honking. I went out to my balcony and saw a large crowd in the middle of the road, a slowly moving collection of individuals donned in red and blue. A police car was slowly following from behind. I squinted to see a man waving a flag. It was a Haitian flag.

In a nutshell, on June 17th the Dominican Republic set even more practices in motion to begin registering Haitian migrant workers in a short allotted time, immediately putting over 250,000 at risk of deportation. While the laws seem fair on paper, a number of Haitians who abide by them are mistakenly being swept up and deported, including those born on Dominican soil. Due to the racial tension that already exists, many find the new arrests xenophobic and part of a much bigger issue than illegal workers. For a more in-depth look at what's going on I recommend you read this helpful article by the New York Times.

On June 25th Miami didn't march for free drinks, g-strings, or Pitbull. Instead hundreds came together to march from the Haitian consulate to the Dominican consulate to protest the deadline. Thanks to their voices I found my way to them and captured this important moment in local history. 

 

Thanks to these strong, proud people for letting me photograph them.

Stay strong,

-JE

 

 

Natalia & Pablo: Expecting

This was my first go at a maternity shoot. I went into it doing only a teeny bit of research and planning because let's be real- pregnancy shoots can get cheesy quickly. I closed the laptop and decided I was gonna wing it.

Fortunately, my instincts paid off and my subjects were amazing. I had the honor of bringing a pal and his gorgeous fianceé to Coral Gables to give me full creative freedom. I wanted nature to play a role in their photos and for their relationship to shine through- a mother and father's love is the foundation of a family. To me, THAT is what a maternity shoot should be about. The passion between these two is warm and relaxed; it can be felt from behind a camera lens. I did my best to capture those moments and I hope you enjoy the small glimpse at their big love. 

Stay in love,

-JE

Movement

Food doesn't really move, unless you count those Japanese dancing squid bowls. In an effort to expand my photographic horizons I brought my camera to the Miami Marathon. We live down the street from mile 25 so I was thrilled to capture the various emotions, movements, and moments of these incredible runners. Oh, and supporting my pal and capturing her 1st marathon was pretty cool, too. So here's to everyone who finished on January 25th, learning new tricks, and those creepy dancing squid bowls... meh, 86 that last part. Taken with my 6D and, decidedly, my 50mm 1.2. 

Stay agile,

-JE

PS: Grats to Eshetu Habtemikael, #20, who ended up as the 1st place woman in the Miami Marathon. At a close 2nd was #13, Maria Peralta, who finished 2 seconds after. Yeah, literally.

Funky Photo Christmas Tree

Let's face it- sometimes you run out of time to decorate your home for the holidays. Last year my husband and I went all out - we bought a tree down the street, carried it home, and even braved the Walmart crowds for lights and ornaments. Unfortunately Christmas crept on us this year and we didn't make it happen. Lucky for me my guy is thoughtful and brought home this adorably tiny tree.  I improvised decorating using our Instax photos from Dîner en Blanc, some twine I keep around the house for last-minute present wrapping, and those battery-powered LEDs. I gotta say I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! It just goes to show you that sometimes fun, creative ideas happen on a whim. 


Stay funky,

-JE


Meagan & Mike: Miami Mardi Gras

It's wonderful when life brings people together in fun ways. I met Meagan when I was shooting a WAKA (World Adult Kickball Association) Event on a lovely Saturday morning. Once she shared her New Orleans engagement story with me and I was head over heels. She and Mike truly know how to have fun in their relationship and not take things too seriously. They're the couple you'd love to have a beer and chat with. How great is it when you find two people who want to take that literally and add that to their session? Thanks for the beers, laughter, and love, you two!