Volunteering at the McAllen Book Festival 2017

The time my family joined the Empire. Sort of. The first assignment for Saturday was volunteering at the McAllen Public Library as an official 501st Legion Cosplay Handler. As always it was a lot of fun watching the kids faces light up and even having the librarians jump in for a photo or two.

McAllen La Plaza Mall

Finishing up editing photos for the La Plaza Mall expansion. It’s pretty impressive all they’ve done!

What i’ve been told is they have over 40+ stores moving in between now and the first of the year.    I’m just excited that cinabon is coming back! (yeah i said it).

Volunteering in Mission Texas

Decided to just jump into the whole video blog for fun. This is the first one we came up with. This year we helped out at the Mission Hospital’s Halloween Safety fair, we used it as a teachable moment for the kiddos about giving back to the community and have fun while doing it.


The vacation that wouldn’t end

First this has nothing to do with photography. This is just something fun that we’d like to share with those that follow us and support us. I say “us” because this has always been a team effort from my wife to the kids that come along with us where ever we end up.

We’ve been working a few VLogs and I thought I’d share this with you guys. We’ve been home almost a month and people are still asking and talking about our vacation. I even had someone at church today give us a shout out so it’s been fun. Our oldest keeps his own vlog and posts from time to time…so I thought I’d share it with those that support us (and were worried about us during our “extendedDisney vacation.)

Have a great week! https://youtu.be/jhMez7fp3LA

Music by Joakim Karud http://youtube.com/joakimkarud

— with Lucy Mejía Riojas, Diego A. Riojas and Sebastián E. Riojas at Walt Disney World.

McAllen Commercial Photographer – Bert Ogden Nissan

The mail man brought us something kind of fun this afternoon.  Recently I did a job for Bert Ogden Nissan but never heard back where and when the photos would be coming out.  Well they made their own magazine and there was the photo.  Made my day.

The funny thing was the amount of work that went in to get that photo.  First when we showed up it was SUPER foggy.  We waited outside for over an hour and it never cleared up it got WORSE.   We came back a handful of times and finally we had an hour or two of sun a few days later.

Over all I was happy with the end result and thought it worked well with the local print ad.


Mexican Imports | business photographer

Mexican ImportsMexican Importer – Jesse Deleon

We’ve had the opportunity to work with Jesse and his team for over 5 years now and have enjoyed watching his business transform from a traditional brick and mortar shop to 100% online. Jesse has several one of a kind items listed on Amazon, Etsy, and several other online stores.

Now in 2017 he frequently travels into deep Mexico to add to his inventory.  You can find amazing items in his online store; anything from antique doors that are over a hundred years old, to creating hand made furniture with recycled materials.

If you’re ever looking to decorate your home or your business make sure you stop by his online shop and take a look.  We’ve used several of his items as backdrops and are huge fans of his antique door collection.

McAllen Artist Headshot – Dania Olivares

One of the perks of this job is you’ll never know who’ll you meet along the way. Last week we had Dania stop by for some headshots here at our new McAllen studios and had an opportunity to catch up with her. She is a mix media artist originally from Diaz Ordaz Tamaulipas now living in McAllen Texas and residing at McAllen’s incubator program. Her artwork has been seen all over Texas and most recently she was the featured artist at the Houston Bayou City Art Festival.

Looking over her collection of art you’d think she had been doing this for years but she began in a totally different field, Financing. She studied in some of the best schools in Mexico but felt she should be doing something else all together. Taking a chance on herself she put down her calculator and started working with paintbrushes and recycled paper. Flash forward a few years and she has worked her way up into headlining one of a kind art shows and has proven time and time again that it’s never too late to start doing what you love (even if you have to start over again).

To look at some of her latest work and even catch her in her next art show make sure you visit her website at: http://www.dokocasualart.com