Fun Moment During the 2014 BorderFest Parade

 

This is too good not to share.

Saturday night at BorderFest during the Action 4 News illuminated Parade, weatherman Bryan Hale must have been inspired by the music and jumped right into the parade with the Zumba dancers. The best part was that he is actually in sync with the dancers. I love the reactions from Ryan Wolf and Marcy Martinez. It was hilarious and unexpected. It was all caught on photo and video and made for a very memorable night.

The Divine Life

What can I say… there has been a whole lot going on in my life.

A Good Friend Passes Away.

First off, my good friend and fishing mentor Raye Carrington, has passed away after a short bout with ovarian cancer. This one really hits home. Raye meant very much to me primarily because she helped change my life’s trajectory. Raye owned and operated a Bed & Breakfast on the Llano river just north of Fredricksburg, TX. She taught fly casting lessons to guests who stayed at her B&B and I was the fly fishing guide. My guiding partner Marcus Rodriguez wrote some beautiful words about Raye on our fishing website. http://guidesoftexas.com/raye-carrington-on-the-llano-river/ Check out some of my outdoor photography while your there.

I love you Raye. You are truly missed.

Johnny and Raye

Johnny and Raye

 

I Am an Uncle!

My older sister Cissy has delivered a healthy baby boy, Dylan James Reyna. He is a beautiful kid and a miracle baby. My sister had been trying to get pregnant for a few years now and after adopting her first child, Jake, she has been blessed with a second boy.

As the saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait.”  I could not be a more proud uncle. Below is my favorite image from a maternity shoot I did with her along with an iphone photo of Dylan.

LIFESTYLES PHOTOGRAPHY

Cissy comforts Jake as he pleads for help from his soon to be brother.

 

Dylan James Reyna born 08/08/2013.

Dylan James Reyna born 08/08/2013.

 

BTW.

I’ve been using Instagram to try and stay engaged socially. My Instagram feed loads directly to my photography website and my photography facebook account. Here are the links if you’d like to stay in touch.

Instagram: http://instagram.com/johnnyquiroz

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/johnnyqphotography

To New Beginnings.

Well… what can I say, working with your spouse is a tremendous task to take on. I think Evette and I bit off a little more than we could chew. No worries, we are still happily in love but Evette has now gone back to teaching. It was a blessing she could take a year off and work with me in the first place! We are both very thankful that she was able to do it because it gave her the time to take good care of her mother during her last months of battling cancer. Her mother passed away earlier this year. I’m telling you it’s been a roller coaster ride of a year. I’m gonna try and do a better job of recognizing all that I have.

This situation, however, leaves me with all of the duties of running a small business. So, with this, I will narrow my concentration to Lifestyle Portraiture and Corporate Photojournalism.

I need to add new images to my portfolio so contact me if you interested in my photography.

rgv commercial photography

Commercial Photography – LOOP Cold Storage Facility

In addition to my photography business, I’ve decided to start guiding again. Guiding is just in my blood and being outdoors keeps me sane. I’m running trips down the South Padre Island surf for Tarpon, Shark and Redfish but really I’m just showing people the beauty we have here in deep South Texas. Anyone who appreciates the outdoors is a good candidate. If fishing is not your thing we can easily make it into a photo shoot with a nice “Dinner on the Dunes.” Here is my guiding website if you’re interested in a trip: http://guidesoftexas.com/project/south-padre-island/

Forgot to Mention.

This past summer, Marcus and I were hosts to a nationally televised fishing show named “The Outfitter’s built by Ford F-Series.” We guided our guest down the Llano River based out of Raye Carrington’s and we camp on the South Padre Island Surf for a true Texas experience. The show was well produced and it was an honor to be trusted with such a big production. Unfortunately the full episode will not be available online but they did make a few other small vignettes that give you an idea of how it went. Here is one of them. Enjoy.

Nice chattin’ with y’all. Until next time.

Johnny Q

Teach For America Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Rob Garza (McAllen ISD) and Jennifer Corroy (IDEA Public Schools) are amongst this year’s winners of TFA’s Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations to both Rob and Jennifer for receiving this national prestigious honor. Read the press release here.