Modern Girl Goes Retro

I have been wanting to do a ‘pin up’ style photo session for a while. I love the look of that era of glamour… the make up, the hair, the colors, the clothes, etc.. It was great to step out of my usual editing technique and develop the images for a more posterized/stylized result. In the future, I would like to do another ‘pin up’ session in an urban/industrial setting. I am thrilled I could take a little step back to into the 40s and I couldn’t have asked for a better model.blog board

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The Gateway to the West

Yuma, AZ is known as the “Gateway to the West” because it was the first place the railroad and highway bridges crossed the Colorado River that separated California from the Yuma Territory, long before Arizona was a state. Although Yuma is steeped in history, what Yuma is most known for today is it’s agricultural influence (Yuma is the largest producer on winter vegetables in the country) and it’s heat. The  Guinness World Records determined Yuma to be the sunniest place on earth – 91% of daylight hours are sunny! Also according to Guinness, Yuma is the driest place in the nation with an average of 3 inches of rain a year. To this day however, Downtown Yuma is a great place to step back in time and experience some of Yuma’s ‘Old West’ history. It is one of two National Heritage Areas in the nation west of the Mississippi. I recently took a nighttime stroll through the Downtown area with my family. Below are some of the images from that night.Downtown Yuma, Arizona Downtown Yuma Arizona at night

Winter Wonderland

With the holidays, I have been able to see a lot of family that I do not get to see very often. My cousin Jessica is currently living in Chicago and this was her first visit home since moving away. I enjoy photographing her as we always have a great time and she is quick to say “OK”, if I ask her to climb a tree, lay in weeds and so on. This year, I photographed her in the backyard.JESS1JESS2JESS3JESS4

A Charming Couple at Christopher Columbus Park

Recently I photographed a couple who had not had their photo taken since their wedding engagement years ago. Their children had been asking them to get new photographs done and it was such a pleasure for me to be their photographer. We had the session at Christopher Columbus Park in Tucson, AZ. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful sunset. Couple portraits in TucsonCouple portraits in Tucson

Oro Valley Family Portraits

Last weekend I photographed a family at a hiking park in Oro Valley. The light was beautiful just before sunset and I couldn’t have asked for better scenery. The family was a lot of fun and we had a great time walking the trails and capturing great images. Family Portraits in Oro ValleyFamily Portraits in Oro Valley Family Portraits in Oro Valley Family Portraits in Oro Valley

Quiceañera in Arizona

At the end of July, I photographed a quinceañera (15th birthday celebration) for a family friend. It was a beautiful event which included a mass and reception. The event was held in Phoenix, AZ. The birthday girl, Alyssa, was beautiful in a flowing gold ball gown and tiara. Below are some images from the days events.

quinceanera in Phoenix, Arizona

quinceanera in Phoenix, Arizona

quinceanera in Phoenix, Arizona

quinceanera in Phoenix, Arizona

quinceanera in Phoenix, Arizona

quinceanera in Phoenix, Arizona

My Photographs are in this weeks Country Weekly

In April, I was asked to photograph the band Parmalee at Country Thunder in Florence, Arizona. After a full day of following the band around the campsites and photographing them perform on stage, the band did an interview with Country Weekly Magazine. Several of my photos from the event were used in the article that came out in this weeks Country Weekly. Michelle Munoz Photographs from Country Thunder in Florence Arizona with Parmalee in Country Weekly

Hair, Hair and more Hair

Last year, my cousins and I decided to recreate an old family photo. We discussed the many photos we would love to replicate, but decided as there were the four of us girls, we would redo our four Aunts’ glamour photo from 1992.Aunts Glamour Shoot

One weekend last month, my cousins Cassie and Jessica came to Tucson from Phoenix and I set up the set in our entryway. We all did our makeup and made our hair as large as possible. However, our hair was not large enough until my mom came at us with a comb and teased our hair to new heights. 2Big Hair

 

We decided who we each looked closest to and arranged ourselves into the appropriate positions. We had a lot of fun trying to perfect the smiles and expressions of our aunts in the older photo. After about one hundred photos, the very last turned out to be almost perfect in comparison. The bottom photo is the final photo we chose out of the camera.

Final PhotoAfter I took the photo into Photoshop, I was able to adjust the colors and clean up the photo to more resemble the older photograph. I ended up grabbing the boa from the original and placing it in our photo to better match the original. Other than the boa, everything else was captured in camera. After working on our photo and cleaning up the original a bit, the result was remarkably close.Old and New

We had originally planned to give the photos as Christmas gifts, but within days there was already a rumor going around the family that there was a surprise gift. We knew the secret would not remain much longer and decided to give the photographs as Easter presents. I printed both the original and replica photos and we framed them together. My sister wrapped the frames and we handed out the gifts. Our aunts opened the gifts at the same time and their reactions were priceless. They were so happy to see the remake and the original.Photo Presents Glamour redo Redo gifts

 

 

SXSW

This past week I was asked to go to SXSW to photograph behind the scenes of the ROAR clothing fashion party. The party was Tuesday night at the Lustre Pearl in Austin. Headlining the party was the band Parmalee and DJ Irie. Also, there was a live photoshoot during the party with models wearing the ROAR label. The party was a huge success with a line to attend. I had a great time and met so many amazing people. The band Parmalee was especially entertaining and I was able to get several great photographs of their soundcheck and performance. Parmalee at SXSW Gary of Parmalee Roar fashion party at SXSW DJ Irie at Lustre Pearl Roar fashion and Parmalee Parmalee and Roar in Austin Parmalee soundcheck at Lustre Pearl SXSW and Parmalee