senior portraits: evan | goldsboro, n.c.

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Evan. An athlete. A smart pants. A super hero. An aspiring fighter pilot. This kid is on top of the world, y'all (or will literally be when his dream of becoming a F-22 fighter pilot come true). Evan used to be my neighbor in Seymour Johnson's base housing back in the late 1990's. He and my brother were total bros and would rule the trampoline, mummify G.I. Joes, and carve their names into everything. When Evan's mom asked me to do his senior portraits, I had no idea he was getting ready to graduate! I still saw him as my younger neighbor who was crazy strong for 4-years-old. For his portraits, we ventured out to some of Goldsboro's iconic places including Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to see the planes-on-a-stick. It was a very foggy Veteran's Day morning, which made this session inspiring but also nostalgic as the jets appeared to be shooting out of the sky, it seemed.

Evan is on his way to do awesome things with his life. He's at the top of his class and aspires to go to the Air Force Academy (finger's crossed that he gets in!), he's a top wrestler and football player at his school, he wants to study aerospace engineering in school, he's not afraid to be a goofball, and he has a clear passion for his superheroes (seriously, he's got the best superhero wardrobe in the world), and could be a model if all else fails. But on top of all these accolades, he's a genuinely wonderful big brother who is super chill and super patient, a great son, and a big dreamer who loves his country. Evan, good luck with all your life endeavors and I hope your ride to the top is a spectacular adventure!

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warner's pirate party | goldsboro, n.c.

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Warner has literally grown up before my eyes. From his newborn photos, Easter egg hunts, Christmas photos, his first sparkler experience, birthday's and even being the most adorable ring bearer at my wedding, this little man knows my camera so well, he now decides when it's ok to take a photo...with his eye behind the viewfinder! Captain Warner turned 4 in September and p-arggghh!-tied h-aarrggghh!-died in his huge pirate ship as him and his friends set off to find the treasure chest full of gold, jewels, and doubloons! They let the skull-n-bones sail fly high over the crow's nest and hung their pirate allegiance proudly over the stern, as their treasure chest piñata flew in the wind on the bow. This was by far one of the most charming pirate shindig I've ever witnessed. As this little pirated directed his shipmates around, they hunted for treasure, ate the tastiest cupcakes off all time, and worked hard in the rain to keep their ship afloat! This little pirate has the biggest personality around! Happy birthday, Warner!

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I hope your birthday p-arrrrggghh-ty was pirate-tastic!

ballet folklorico de colores

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If you've been around this blog enough to see my personal work, you know that being in tune with your heritage and culture is a big part of my life. It is an intangible heirloom of sorts, a legacy, that I learned from my grandparents, Humberto + Sara Flores, parents, and my tías and tíos. While it has morphed into our family's own sort of awesome Mexican American micro-culture centered around Corpus Christi, Texas, I'm always up to experiencing it wherever I can find it.

Early this year, my mom started a traditional Mexican dance group with at-risk Hispanic youth in Goldsboro, Ballet Folklorico De Colores. These awesome kids, aged from preschool to high school, get the opportunity to embrace their heritage like my mom and I did. She passes along the lessons from her parents about being proud of who you are + where you came from, about having confidence about your abilities, and being able to tell the story of your people to others through dance. In Goldsboro, the Hispanic population has boomed, so it's great to see what I know as "everyday life" in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and other parts of South Texas and the Southwest, making its way to North Carolina. De Colores is installing the confidence in these kids and allowing them to realize that they are strong, Hispanic youth with bright futures.

How do you connect with your culture when you're not actively living it?

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