I haven’t the opportunity to photograph many, if at all, Mexican themed weddings, specifically of the Charro motif. So I did what I do best, recreate it as an editorial. Per advice from motivational videos, where they tell you if something isn’t happening to get your ass of the couch and make it happen. I originally had this concept in my head as far back as 2012 during my brand redesign. At which time I was mostly focusing on photographing Quinceañeras and small birthday parties, which I still do, but don’t publicly promote it, as I offer to cover them only to previous clients. By far the biggest challenge of this editorial was finding someone who’d lend me a horse and their ranch for the day to photograph. Because of this, the editorial was put on hold for a few years until I took an advanced photography class at East Los Angeles College in the fall semester of 2017.
Our final assignment for the class was open, we were free to photograph anything we wanted. I felt this was the perfect opportunity to revisit the concept and with luck on my side, having met a couple that owns horses and a ranch in the Montebello hills and had the charro motif down to a T, I planned the editorial around an engagement session instead of a wedding, as I felt the horse was a perfect prop and didn't want the wedding dress to be overshadowed. I met Luis during our morning Gold Line commute, after I asked him how he kept his shoes in such great condition; I was working at an office at the time that required office attire. I wanted a calm and gentle mood for this editorial and thanks to our docile horse, cleverly named Tequila, I was able to achieve the look I wanted. Was I nervous to be in such close proximity to a horse? Little bit. Would I do it again? Heck yeah! Definitely a learning experience to incorporating an animal of that size in my work. Amanda, Luis’ girlfriend, was such a sweetheart when I met her and bravely agreed to have Luis lasso them both in place, which you’ll see in a second.