Ilene Squires Photography

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens/ Nichols Family Portraits

When Rachel saw an old college friend in my Harlem Renaissance Engagement, she was eager to learn more about having portraits of her family taken. Coincidentally, Rachel and Dewayne are also Vanderbilt alumni. The only caveat was that they live in Houston and I split my time between New York and Los Angeles. 

We decided it best for me to travel to Houston to meet Rachel, Dewayne and their brood. What a treat that was! They are such a beautiful, radiant family and I was so flattered at their invitation to fly all the way to H-town to document this moment in time. 

It is HOT (96' in the AM!) around the clock in Houston all summer long so we agreed to shoot first thing in the morning at 8:00am since Dewayne and Rachel are joined by Jonathan, 5 months; Delainie, 2; and Farrah, 13. They chose the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens and we worked hard to sustain the attention of the littlest Nichols' which wasn't hard with the the help of some sweet treats and bubbles.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Staten Island Technical High School Prom/ Amal & Company

I had never been to Staten Island before. Leroy, my husband's best friend, grew up there and had extended the invitation to visit numerous times over the tenure of our relationship, though in my mind it was always "Take a ferry? You must be kidding! Do I need my weekend bag?"

Enter Zainab. Also a college friend of Jorge's. Also from ... take a guess?.... Staten Island! A couple week's ago she invited me to shoot her sister Amal's pre-prom party at their family residence. Of course I took advantage of the opportunity to vicariously live through a group of gregarious twenty - eight 18 year olds and their "I - own - the - world - mantra." After all, my heart sings at the slightest signs of idealism and adventure! Oh and it was all that and more!

Amal is beautiful. I mean model-type beautiful. Regal, dynamic, graceful and on her way to the University of Michigan this Fall... the world is Amal's untouched playground and prom was merely the commencement of her beautiful journey through the many rites of passage ahead.

Congratulations Amal Muzaffar and the Staten Island Technical High School class of 2011!