Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Arassay+Hector=Caliente!

One of our favourite things to do is B+G sessions. Add to that an incredible location like Havana and a gorgeous couple so in love with life, and we are two very happy photographers!

Before we left for Yendi + Pat's destination wedding, we met with our friends Ernesto and Jackie here in Vancouver. Ernesto came to Canada from Cuba just a few years ago, and he gave us lots of advice and tips for travel there. He also told us about his daughter Arassay, who he hopes will one day be able to join him here.

"She is beautiful inside and out," he said. He is so right.

Arassay welcomed us into her home like we were her own family, even though she had never met us. We felt so honoured to be able to share a small piece of their life: the daily joys of living in such a beautiful country as well as the daily hardships of surviving in a communist country. Spending time with her and Hector opened our eyes to the freedoms we take for granted every day here at home.

Despite its challenges, Cuba is one of the most amazing countries we have ever visited. And Arassay and Hector are two of the most vibrant people we have ever met! They are both dancers (that's how they first met), and they were truly a joy to photograph. One of the few words we know in Spanish is beso so they did a lot of kissing! As well as a lot of laughing at our attempts to communicate!

The beautiful Arassay.
The handsome Hector.Together.It was a lot of fun racing around Havana in a 1950's Chevy convertible, Stopping in a bar for a classic Cuban Mojito,
Dancing in the streets and the plazas,And strolling down the Malecon.
Although Arassay+Hector won't be able to see this blog entry (the internet is banned for them), we can't wait for them to see the images her father will bring with him when he next returns to the country.

13 comments:

Chris Uglanica said...

Hey Chris and Lynn,

I saw a few of these shots on OSP, and had absolutely NO CLUE that you saved the best for your blog.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that shot of Arassay and Hector in the back of the convertible.

If there is any possible way to blow that up on canvas and get it to them, it would be SO worth it!

Love you guys. Love your work!
Chris.

TJ Cameron said...

wow.

Tim Halberg said...

wow wow wow...

all of this cuba stuff has be soooooo envious... wishing I wasn't american!! ;-)

Maybe one day though!

Seriously though, GREAT stuff!!! and I LOVE the post work on them!

colinmichael said...

WOW. WOW. WOW. WOW and WOW!
The convertable shot is one of my favorite all time photos, and not just of weddings!
The bar has been raised.

Bumatay said...

Wonderful story and these images are incredible! I love the shot in back of the car with the tricycle in the background. I'm just so in love with all your images and the variety in post process you do.

A+!

Oh and I'm so jealous you two get to travel to awesome places all over the world!

C.J. Scott said...

Wow!!! Amazing images...especially the shot with them in the car!

Joshua Smith-Cinematographer said...

WOW AMAZING!

Julie Walton Shaver said...

These are stunning! I bet you had a really hard time choosing which one to put at the top of the post! I love the first one, but also the far off one with b&g in the arch doorway! Wow!

Neal Jacob Photography said...

Beautiful! (as always!) Stunning! ++

Lisa said...

gorgeous photographs-
spectacular color-

wow! sweet-

Lisa

Stephanie Williams Photography said...

I just saw some of your images on DWF...and then I checked out your blog...wow! Amazing and inspirational images.

-Stephanie Williams

Mike Larson said...

so cool, i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shots of the bride in front of the big tall wooden door, the vert shot! nice work!!!!!!!!!!!

- mike larson

Marianne Lozano said...

WOW, these are beautiful! Great story...