Rafa Sanchez & Omar Nieves…a.k.a. Best Wedding Shoot Ever !

Yesterday was a very special day for me. It was full of “first time” experiences.

  • First time shooting a gay wedding.
  • First time shooting a City Hall wedding.
  • First time shooting an entire wedding with my Fujifilm x100s

It was not just any gay wedding though. Rafa is one of my best friends. We’ve know each other for a good number of years. When he ask me to shoot his wedding I felt truly honored. Having been with him through some pretty rough times before, it was that much special. I was to be witnessing and documenting officially one of the happiest moments of his life to date.

I met them at 8am in Queens at a friend’s apartment where they were getting ready. I took that time to shoot a few portraits using the morning light coming through the windows. After that we took the 7 and 5 trains to City Hall. I shot portraits and candids all the way through. Shooting with the x100s on the train was a real treat. I was almost literally gliding all around  the train. The fact that I was only carrying my Fujifilm x100s and a fanny pack for the batteries (yes, I will bring those back in style, you’ll see) allowed me to move freely and unobtrusively.

For the ceremonial part, it was short, convivial and sweet….as it should be. We came into City Hall and took a number. A few close friends and family members  joined them as we waited. Everyone was chatting and having a good time. None of that boring “solemn” stuff. It was a relaxed and good humored.

After the ceremony we hit a few spots in the city to shoot portraits. As the day went by, we were constantly greeted by people congratulating them, and unfortunately a few disapproving looks along the way as well. It all felt surreal though. The people that were congratulating them did so with some real joy and pride. It felt as if strangers were excited to be witnessing a part of unwritten history. Not just for the couple but for mankind. That feeling reverberates through me still and its is something I want to keep feeling over and over again. 

We finished the day with a small dinner and by 5pm we were all done. At the end of the day, I was filled with an incredible feeling of fulfillment. I had shot some of my best wedding images yet and I had seen one of my best friends accomplish something great.There was though, one thing missing at the end of this wedding. Coming home I felt different, physically. And then it struck me, I did not have any back pain at all. 

Shooting exclusively  with the x100s allowed me to get in and out of places all around the city, swiftly for almost over 8hrs. And yet, I was not feeling overworked. I had so much energy, I even ended up editing the whole wedding that same night. Oops, I almost for got to mention, I also shot the whole thing in JPEGs, yes I did. This shortened my editing time immensely. Now, just the  day after, the couple can happily enjoy their images and I can go back to more shooting and creating.

 

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Today I had the utmost pleasure of documenting one of my best friends wedding. Congratulations to dear friends @justact1 & @omaruelom on this new and exciting chapter in their lives !

¡ Que vivan los novios !

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Today I had the utmost pleasure of documenting one of my best friends wedding. Congratulations to dear friends @justact1 & @omaruelom on this new and exciting chapter in their lives !

¡ Que vivan los novios !

Please visits their profiles and show them some love !

V for Veronica. ( @verychh )

Vi veri veniversum vivus vici”(By the power of truth I, a mortal, have conquered all creation.)

This phrase tattooed on her shoulder, as a prophesy of times to come. Veronica’s character is that of a true conqueror. A mortal, in the mist of a fight, her heart was set in the victory way before the battle begun. I met with Veronica yesterday to shoot what turned out to be a beautiful and truly meaningful session. Her light spirit and soft eyes seemed to carry her burden with ease, while inside, she struggles everyday to stay strong.

Veronica was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 2014. She recently completed her 10th chemotherapy out of 12. We were scheduled to shoot last week but still weary from her treatment we decided postpone it until yesterday. Still then, we had only the chance to shoot for a brief time, because she will often feel exhausted even from little physical activity. Nevertheless, all throughout the time we spent together, she held the most contagious sense of humor and the softest of smiles. I asked her if she had her tattooed done after her diagnosis and she replied that she had it done quite some time before she learned of her illness. I realized then, that her strength was built deep inside and perhaps unknowingly, she was tattooing in her skin what her heart already knew about her.

I will be posting some of the images of our session throughout the day today. Take some  time to visit her profile and leave a word of encouragement or two.

V for Veronica. ( @verychh )

Vi veri veniversum vivus vici”(By the power of truth I, a mortal, have conquered all creation.)

This phrase tattooed on her shoulder, as a prophesy of times to come. Veronica’s character is that of a true conqueror. A mortal, in the mist of a fight, her heart was set in the victory way before the battle begun. I met with Veronica yesterday to shoot what turned out to be a beautiful and truly meaningful session. Her light spirit and soft eyes seemed to carry her burden with ease, while inside, she struggles everyday to stay strong.

Veronica was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 2014. She recently completed her 10th chemotherapy out of 12. We were scheduled to shoot last week but still weary from her treatment we decided postpone it until yesterday. Still then, we had only the chance to shoot for a brief time, because she will often feel exhausted even from little physical activity. Nevertheless, all throughout the time we spent together, she held the most contagious sense of humor and the softest of smiles. I asked her if she had her tattooed done after her diagnosis and she replied that she had it done quite some time before she learned of her illness. I realized then, that her strength was built deep inside and perhaps unknowingly, she was tattooing in her skin what her heart already knew about her.

I will be posting some of the images of our session throughout the day today. Take some time to visit her profile and leave a word of encouragement or two.

V for Veronica. ( @verychh )

Vi veri veniversum vivus vici”(By the power of truth I, a mortal, have conquered all creation.)

This phrase tattooed on her shoulder, as a prophesy of times to come. Veronica’s character is that of a true conqueror. A mortal, in the mist of a fight, her heart was set in the victory way before the battle begun. I met with Veronica yesterday to shoot what turned out to be a beautiful and truly meaningful session. Her light spirit and soft eyes seemed to carry her burden with ease, while inside, she struggles everyday to stay strong.

Veronica was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 2014. She recently completed her 10th chemotherapy out of 12. We were scheduled to shoot last week but still weary from her treatment we decided postpone it until yesterday. Still then, we had only the chance to shoot for a brief time, because she will often feel exhausted even from little physical activity. Nevertheless, all throughout the time we spent together, she held the most contagious sense of humor and the softest of smiles. I asked her if she had her tattooed done after her diagnosis and she replied that she had it done quite some time before she learned of her illness. I realized then, that her strength was built deep inside and perhaps unknowingly, she was tattooing in her skin what her heart already knew about her.

I will be posting some of the images of our session throughout the day today. Take some  time to visit her profile and leave a word of encouragement or two.

V for Veronica. ( @verychh )

Vi veri veniversum vivus vici”(By the power of truth I, a mortal, have conquered all creation.)

This phrase tattooed on her shoulder, as a prophesy of times to come. Veronica’s character is that of a true conqueror. A mortal, in the mist of a fight, her heart was set in the victory way before the battle begun. I met with Veronica yesterday to shoot what turned out to be a beautiful and truly meaningful session. Her light spirit and soft eyes seemed to carry her burden with ease, while inside, she struggles everyday to stay strong.

Veronica was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 2014. She recently completed her 10th chemotherapy out of 12. We were scheduled to shoot last week but still weary from her treatment we decided postpone it until yesterday. Still then, we had only the chance to shoot for a brief time, because she will often feel exhausted even from little physical activity. Nevertheless, all throughout the time we spent together, she held the most contagious sense of humor and the softest of smiles. I asked her if she had her tattooed done after her diagnosis and she replied that she had it done quite some time before she learned of her illness. I realized then, that her strength was built deep inside and perhaps unknowingly, she was tattooing in her skin what her heart already knew about her.

I will be posting some of the images of our session throughout the day today. Take some time to visit her profile and leave a word of encouragement or two.

V for Veronica. ( @verychh )

Vi veri veniversum vivus vici”(By the power of truth I, a mortal, have conquered all creation.).

This phrase tattooed on her shoulder, as a prophesy of times to come. Veronica’s character is that of a true conqueror. A mortal, in the mist of a fight, her heart was set in the victory way before the battle begun. I met with Veronica yesterday to shoot what turned out to be a beautiful and truly meaningful session. Her light spirit and soft eyes seemed to carry her burden with ease, while inside, she struggles everyday to stay strong.

Veronica was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 2014. She recently completed her 10th chemotherapy out of 12. We were scheduled to shoot last week but still weary from her treatment we decided postpone it until yesterday. Still then, we had only the chance to shoot for a brief time, because she will often feel exhausted even from little physical activity. Nevertheless, all throughout the time we spent together, she held the most contagious sense of humor and the softest of smiles. I asked her if she had her tattooed done after her diagnosis and she replied that she had it done quite some time before she learned of her illness. I realized then, that her strength was built deep inside and perhaps unknowingly, she was tattooing in her skin what her heart already knew about her.

I will be posting some of the images of our session throughout the day today. Take some  time to visit her profile and leave a word of encouragement or two.

V for Veronica. ( @verychh )

Vi veri veniversum vivus vici”(By the power of truth I, a mortal, have conquered all creation.).

This phrase tattooed on her shoulder, as a prophesy of times to come. Veronica’s character is that of a true conqueror. A mortal, in the mist of a fight, her heart was set in the victory way before the battle begun. I met with Veronica yesterday to shoot what turned out to be a beautiful and truly meaningful session. Her light spirit and soft eyes seemed to carry her burden with ease, while inside, she struggles everyday to stay strong.

Veronica was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 2014. She recently completed her 10th chemotherapy out of 12. We were scheduled to shoot last week but still weary from her treatment we decided postpone it until yesterday. Still then, we had only the chance to shoot for a brief time, because she will often feel exhausted even from little physical activity. Nevertheless, all throughout the time we spent together, she held the most contagious sense of humor and the softest of smiles. I asked her if she had her tattooed done after her diagnosis and she replied that she had it done quite some time before she learned of her illness. I realized then, that her strength was built deep inside and perhaps unknowingly, she was tattooing in her skin what her heart already knew about her.

I will be posting some of the images of our session throughout the day today. Take some time to visit her profile and leave a word of encouragement or two.

V for Veronica. ( @verychh ).

Vi veri veniversum vivus vici”(By the power of truth I, a mortal, have conquered all creation.).

This phrase tattooed on her shoulder, as a prophesy of times to come. Veronica’s character is that of a true conqueror. A mortal, in the mist of a fight, her heart was set in the victory way before the battle begun. I met with Veronica yesterday to shoot what turned out to be a beautiful and truly meaningful session. Her light spirit and soft eyes seemed to carry her burden with ease, while inside, she struggles everyday to stay strong.

Veronica was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 2014. She recently completed her 10th chemotherapy out of 12. We were scheduled to shoot last week but still weary from her treatment we decided postpone it until yesterday. Still then, we had only the chance to shoot for a brief time, because she will often feel exhausted even from little physical activity. Nevertheless, all throughout the time we spent together, she held the most contagious sense of humor and the softest of smiles. I asked her if she had her tattooed done after her diagnosis and she replied that she had it done quite some time before she learned of her illness. I realized then, that her strength was built deep inside and perhaps unknowingly, she was tattooing in her skin what her heart already knew about her.

I will be posting some of the images of our session throughout the day today. Take some  time to visit her profile and leave a word of encouragement or two.

V for Veronica. ( @verychh ).

Vi veri veniversum vivus vici”(By the power of truth I, a mortal, have conquered all creation.).

This phrase tattooed on her shoulder, as a prophesy of times to come. Veronica’s character is that of a true conqueror. A mortal, in the mist of a fight, her heart was set in the victory way before the battle begun. I met with Veronica yesterday to shoot what turned out to be a beautiful and truly meaningful session. Her light spirit and soft eyes seemed to carry her burden with ease, while inside, she struggles everyday to stay strong.

Veronica was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 2014. She recently completed her 10th chemotherapy out of 12. We were scheduled to shoot last week but still weary from her treatment we decided postpone it until yesterday. Still then, we had only the chance to shoot for a brief time, because she will often feel exhausted even from little physical activity. Nevertheless, all throughout the time we spent together, she held the most contagious sense of humor and the softest of smiles. I asked her if she had her tattooed done after her diagnosis and she replied that she had it done quite some time before she learned of her illness. I realized then, that her strength was built deep inside and perhaps unknowingly, she was tattooing in her skin what her heart already knew about her.

I will be posting some of the images of our session throughout the day today. Take some time to visit her profile and leave a word of encouragement or two.

V for Veronica. ( @verychh ).

Vi veri veniversum vivus vici (By the power of truth I, a mortal, have conquered all creation.)…


This phrase tattooed on her shoulder, as a prophesy of times to come. Veronica’s character is that of a true conqueror. A mortal, in the mist of a fight, her heart was set in the victory way before the battle begun. I met with Veronica yesterday to shoot what turned out to be a beautiful and truly meaningful session. Her light spirit and soft eyes seemed to carry her burden with ease, while inside, she struggles everyday to stay strong.

Veronica was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 2014. She recently completed her 10th chemotherapy out of 12. We were scheduled to shoot last week but still weary from her treatment we decided postpone it until yesterday. Still then, we had only the chance to shoot for a brief time, because she will often feel exhausted even from little physical activity. Nevertheless, all throughout the time we spent together, she held the most contagious sense of humor and the softest of smiles. I asked her if she had her tattooed done after her diagnosis and she replied that she had it done quite some time before she learned of her illness. I realized then, that her strength was built deep inside and perhaps unknowingly, she was tattooing in her skin what her heart already knew about her.

I will be posting some of the images of our session throughout the day today. Take some  time to visit her profile and leave a word of encouragement or two. #peopleworthmeeting | #makeportraits

V for Veronica. ( @verychh ).

Vi veri veniversum vivus vici (By the power of truth I, a mortal, have conquered all creation.)…


This phrase tattooed on her shoulder, as a prophesy of times to come. Veronica’s character is that of a true conqueror. A mortal, in the mist of a fight, her heart was set in the victory way before the battle begun. I met with Veronica yesterday to shoot what turned out to be a beautiful and truly meaningful session. Her light spirit and soft eyes seemed to carry her burden with ease, while inside, she struggles everyday to stay strong.

Veronica was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 2014. She recently completed her 10th chemotherapy out of 12. We were scheduled to shoot last week but still weary from her treatment we decided postpone it until yesterday. Still then, we had only the chance to shoot for a brief time, because she will often feel exhausted even from little physical activity. Nevertheless, all throughout the time we spent together, she held the most contagious sense of humor and the softest of smiles. I asked her if she had her tattooed done after her diagnosis and she replied that she had it done quite some time before she learned of her illness. I realized then, that her strength was built deep inside and perhaps unknowingly, she was tattooing in her skin what her heart already knew about her.

I will be posting some of the images of our session throughout the day today. Take some time to visit her profile and leave a word of encouragement or two. #peopleworthmeeting | #makeportraits

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Sunday’s Best Series.
#Sundays_Best_Series.

Vincent.

I saw him from quite far a away, he was walking on stilts. Originally, I stopped him because I thought the stilts would make for an interesting image. After taking his photo from a far away distance I got closer to him and we started to talk for a while. We talk about the liberating power of art and self-expression. Up on the stilts he looked a tough guy, but up close I noticed how much of a gentle spirited and soft spoken person he was. Right before we parted ways I asked him for this last picture…Which I had to take raising my arms way over my head because he stood so tall over me on those stilts. In the end, the stilts were really the representation of his soul, a man of great stature.

Sunday’s Best Series.
#Sundays_Best_Series.

Vincent.

I saw him from quite far a away, he was walking on stilts. Originally, I stopped him because I thought the stilts would make for an interesting image. After taking his photo from a far away distance I got closer to him and we started to talk for a while. We talk about the liberating power of art and self-expression. Up on the stilts he looked a tough guy, but up close I noticed how much of a gentle spirited and soft spoken person he was. Right before we parted ways I asked him for this last picture…Which I had to take raising my arms way over my head because he stood so tall over me on those stilts. In the end, the stilts were really the representation of his soul, a man of great stature.

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Sunday’s Best Portraits.
#Sundays_Best_Portraits.

Vincent.

I saw him from quite far a away, he was walking on stilts. Originally, I stopped him because I thought the stilts would make for an interesting image. After taking his photo from a far away distance I got closer to him and we started to talk for a while. We talk about the liberating power of art and self-expression. Up on the stilts he looked a tough guy, but up close I noticed how much of a gentle spirited and soft spoken person he was. Right before we parted ways I asked him for this last picture…Which I had to take raising my arms way over my head because he stood so tall over me on those stilts. In the end, the stilts were really the representation of his soul, a man of great stature.

Sunday’s Best Portraits.
#Sundays_Best_Portraits.

Vincent.

I saw him from quite far a away, he was walking on stilts. Originally, I stopped him because I thought the stilts would make for an interesting image. After taking his photo from a far away distance I got closer to him and we started to talk for a while. We talk about the liberating power of art and self-expression. Up on the stilts he looked a tough guy, but up close I noticed how much of a gentle spirited and soft spoken person he was. Right before we parted ways I asked him for this last picture…Which I had to take raising my arms way over my head because he stood so tall over me on those stilts. In the end, the stilts were really the representation of his soul, a man of great stature.

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Sunday’s Best Series.
#Sundays_Best_Series.

Katherine.

“Is there anywhere other than Harlem you’d rather live in ?”.

"Yes, Denver, Colorado, because of my respiratory condition. The quality of the air over there is just optimal with people with respiratory issues.”.


“Talking, about Denver, would you mind telling me your view on their legalization of Marihuana.”.

“I think, is great, for medical purposes but also, there’s nothing wrong with it if done with moderation. It is just as with the alcohol and prohibition. It’s a matter of responsibility.”

Sunday’s Best Series.
#Sundays_Best_Series.

Katherine.

“Is there anywhere other than Harlem you’d rather live in ?”.

"Yes, Denver, Colorado, because of my respiratory condition. The quality of the air over there is just optimal with people with respiratory issues.”.


“Talking, about Denver, would you mind telling me your view on their legalization of Marihuana.”.

“I think, is great, for medical purposes but also, there’s nothing wrong with it if done with moderation. It is just as with the alcohol and prohibition. It’s a matter of responsibility.”

sundays_best_series

Sunday’s Best Series.
#Sundays_Best_Series.

Katherine.

“Is there anywhere other than Harlem you’d rather live in ?”

"Yes, Denver, Colorado, because of my respiratory condition. The quality of the air over there is just optimal with people with respiratory issues.”

“Talking, about Denver, would you mind telling me your view on their legalization of Marihuana.”

“I think, is great, for medical purposes but also, there’s nothing wrong with it if done with moderation. It is just as with the alcohol and prohibition. It’s a matter of responsibility.”

Sunday’s Best Series.
#Sundays_Best_Series.

Katherine.

“Is there anywhere other than Harlem you’d rather live in ?”

"Yes, Denver, Colorado, because of my respiratory condition. The quality of the air over there is just optimal with people with respiratory issues.”

“Talking, about Denver, would you mind telling me your view on their legalization of Marihuana.”

“I think, is great, for medical purposes but also, there’s nothing wrong with it if done with moderation. It is just as with the alcohol and prohibition. It’s a matter of responsibility.”

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Sunday’s Best Series.
#sundays_best_series.

Jeremiah.

Born and raised in Harlem. I asked him what did he think was he reason for the changes the community has experienced.

"We slept." he said.

Sunday’s Best Series.
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Jeremiah.

Born and raised in Harlem. I asked him what did he think was he reason for the changes the community has experienced.

"We slept." he said.

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