September 2012 - Belkis Cruz Photography - Archive

Elise and Derick got married on August 4th of 2012 at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, MN. The location was absolutely beautiful, to me it was like winning the lotto. The day was beautiful, it wasn’t hot, the sun was out and all that was left to complete that wonderful day was the union of Elise and Derick. Two wonderful people that are so great with each other and such a pleasure to be around. They were the most laid back couple, and truly enjoyed every minute spent with them. I remember my wedding day, I was stressed and I was running around and I was not calm at all. Elise on the other hand, just has the most wonderful attitude and personality that she didn’t have a worry in her mind.

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The very first wedding I photographed, the toughest, yet most wonderful wedding. I am so thankful that Tigabi, had faith in me and my work. It wasn’t the easiest experience, but it was indeed a memorable experience. I got the the church at 5:00 am, the ceremony began at 5:30AM and didn’t end until 11:00 am. Yes, a very lengthy ceremony, in a language I didn’t understand. I got there and I didn’t have a clue of what I had to do besides take photos. Where do I stand, where is it ok to stand, can I use my flash, can I move around..some of the many questions going through my mind. As I am walking around and talking photos of the church, I hear a commotion outside, the bride and groom had a arrived. Oh wait, that’s not my bride and groom, OMG am I at the wrong wedding. OH NO! I tried calling my bride, no answer. I then see another photographer, and I run and ask him I am supposed to photograph Tigabi’s wedding, do you know if she is getting married here, he said “yes” there are two weddings today. Wow, for a moment I was feeling horrible, thinking I had mixed up the addresses or something. So I walk back inside the church and walk around and try to see where I should stand to take photos. Then I hear drums and singing and I run out and look for my shoes, (Oh, I forgot to tell you, before you enter the church you have to take off your shoes, so I left my shoes before you enter the temple) and they were GONE. OK, so barefoot it is. I run outside and I rush to take photos of the bride coming out of the car and the guys playing the drums. My photos weren’t that great, the guys were surrounding the bride and groom and wouldn’t let me even take one good shot of her. Well I walked back inside and then there was silence for a long time. I didn’t know what was next. Good thing Biruk was there, this awesome photographer/videographer that helped me out so much, he was hired to do the video for Tigabi’s wedding. What a guy, he really saved me that day. You see even though I had spoke to Tigabi, we had a communication barrier, she hardly spoke English and I didn’t speak Amharic, so we did our best to communicate. So maybe some details were left out along the way, ok maybe a lot of details, but I assure you it was OK. I was so happy to have been given the opportunity to photograph her wedding, such an important event in her life, that I just showed up and figured it out along the way. And the outcome was pretty darn awesome. She was happy with her photos and I was happy that she was happy!

Here are some photos of my very first wedding!

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Last night when I was in bed, I was thinking about how much my life had changed in the past 3.5 years. I went from being a workaholic single mom to a stay at home married mom of 2. This hasn’t been easy for me, for many reasons. One being that I have always had a job ever since I was 15. So to be home and depend on your hubby to bring in the mula, is a tough pill to swallow. I wanted to do something for our family and start a business, a business that is really difficult to start, because let’s face it there is nothing there is nothing easy about starting a cleaning business, or at least that’s what my experience was. To me it was more than just starting a business it was more than that, to me it was going to be a business that would change the way people look at janitors. My respect goes out to all the janitors in world, it’s one of the hardest jobs out there. I began the process, I started it up, I networked, I cold called, I had business cards made, I made a website, I had a tax ID Number, I had insurance, I even got a couple of cleaning jobs. For one whole year I spent  long days, and hours and hours on trying to get it off the ground. I reached a point after many tears that this just wasn’t a part of God’s plan for me. You see, I believe that God has a plan for each and everyone of us, so I had to accept that there was a higher power dictating what I was supposed to do. HE just had a better plan for me. I had to let it go, and there I was feeling like a failure, because I had to give up on something that I had invested so much of my time in, I had given up on something that I felt so passionate about. But I kept telling myself, stop feeling sorry for yourself and this song’s line kept coming to mind “if at first you don’t succeed, get up and try again” (I am sure I could have used better quotes, but hey I happened to like that song.)

Then I saw the light!

That is when I decided after having a couple of different part time jobs that, I needed to be my own boss and do something that I felt really happy doing, something that didn’t feel like ‘work’, so my husband suggested photography. I loved photography, I took photography in high school, why not?! I was like ok, let’s do it, let’s see what happens, started to put together a portfolio of things I had done in the past and put out an ad on Craigslist and BOOM, I booked my first wedding. I was so pumped, that I someone picked me to be their wedding photographer. Thank GOD for that couple who believed in me and my abilities. I was then a nervous wreck, I was scared,  I didn’t want to disappoint them, so with that being said I shot like 2K photos on their wedding day. I know, right!…ALOT… I wanted to make sure I got really good photos. They loved my photos, I gave them about 600 photos, more than what they wanted, more like 500 more than what they wanted. They were so happy, they loved my photos, and I was so proud of myself. That was the best feeling ever, I did something so special for them, something that will las them forever, I captured a truly special moment for them, a special moment that they will be able to look back at and smile. I had found my calling, I have found my calling! I love what I do, how many of you can say them same, if you can than you have found your calling, if you can’t then keep looking, you’ll find it.

God Bless all of you!

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I want to start out by saying that I have lived in Minnesota for 7 years now and I have gone every year since I lived here. I love the fair! It’s fun, it’s full of things to do, it’s full of things to eat and drink, it’s simply amazing. Here a couple of photos I took, because I wanted to share this great experience with you, internet.

Enjoy!

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