July 12, 2020
Cristina has been training in pointe ballet for several years already.
I connected with her mom who owns Tare Handmade. She crafts the most delicate, lovely porcelain wares and artwork. You can purchase some of her goods on her website, Instagram, Facebook, or you can just shop in person at Electic Co. Giovanni, often along with her daughter Cristina, will also pop up around town at different markets.
Through meeting Giovanni at various small business functions, I got to know that Cristina does ballet, and particularly pointe ballet. I wanted an opportunity to get outside my typical photography routine, so I asked if I could photograph Cristina doing pointe ballet. They said yes and we had a wonderful afternoon in downtown Colorado Springs taking these images.
I now have one more pointe of connection with Cristina and Giovanni, who moved to Colorado Springs from Puerto Rico. As many of you may know, I set out to move to Ireland for two years starting in October 2019. Due to immigration difficulties, we instead ended up in Puerto Rico in January 2020. We originally planned to work short term in Puerto Rico while sorting out Irish immigration paperwork. Initially, we scheduled to leave PR and head to Ireland in April.
Of course, COVID came along and changed absolutely everything. We ended up staying in Puerto Rico until July. I can say I did not expect to find myself living in the Caribbean in 2020, or ever. However, we really tried to seize the moment and the experience, soaking up all the beauty the island has to offer.
As I return to Colorado Springs in the summer of 2020, I look forward to reconnecting with Cristina and Giovanni. I can’t wait to share about Puerto Rico and be able to listen to their stories from firsthand experience. I’m also ready to reconnect with the small business community in Colorado Springs!
On that day, I also captured some Mother and daughter images which you can see in the blog here.