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2016 UIL Mariachi Competition - Region 15

Click here to view the Events Gallery page; then click on the UIL 2016 Mariachi Competition link.

I finally finished processing digital negatives for the 2016 Region 15 UIL Mariachi Competition hosted at La Joya High School on 2-27-16.

The following high school mariachi groups, from South Texas, were represented at this event:

  • Roma
  • Hidalgo
  • RGC: La Grulla 
  • Mission Veterans 
  • PSJA Southwest
  • Edinburg Robert Vela
  • PSJA
  • Valley View
  • Roma - Varsity
  • Rio Grande City
  • McAllen Memorial
  • La Joya Juarez Lincoln
  • Edinburg Economedes
  • McAllen Nikki Rowe
  • Edingburg
  • PSJA Memorial
  • PSJA North
  • Edinburg North
  • La Joya
  • La Joya Palmview
  • McAllen

Each school is listed in the order of appearance.  The first few photos of the gallery are panoramas of different groups, the panoramas are followed by multiple photos of each mariachi.  Groups are pictured in the same order as listed above.

Click here to view the Events Gallery page; then click on the UIL 2016 Mariachi Competition link.

Here are a few samples from this event.

 

Taking the show on the road...

My most recent session took me to a High School located in the city of McAllen Texas.  I was contacted by Mr. Alex Treviño, who happens to be a member of, Latin Grammy Nominated Mariachi Los Arrieros, and also the Mariachi Director of McAllen High School's Mariachi Oro.  The Mariachi Program at McAllen High School started back in 1988, but had some challenges at one point and was virtually non existent for almost 12 years.  Things began to change when Alex took over the program, approximately 7 years ago. With the support of parents and dedicated students the program has gotten back on it's feet.  Since the time Alex became part of the program, he has lead Mariachi Oro to win 3 State Championship Titles at mariachi competitions.  Also, 2016 is the first year the University Interscholastic League recognized Mariachi Music as a UIL qualified event; and hosted the first ever State Mariachi Competition for all high school devisions. Mariachi Oro swept the UIL competition with all three judges awarding them a division 1 rating, which is the highest rating a group can achieve as such a competition.

During my phone discussion with Alex, he informed me that his group of talented young high school performers were recently invited to take their show on the road.  They have an opportunity to perform at a large event to be hosted in Los Ángeles California.  The problem? Raising money to make it all happen.  This is why Alex was contacting me and how I ended up at McAllen High School.  Alex had seen some of my Sponsor Poster work in the past and he figured it could be a good way for his students to raise the money needed. For some of his students this once in a life time opportunity and I am honored they selected me, out of many available photographers, to get the job done for them.

During my photo session with his students we took many individual photos as well as one group photo.  Each member of Mariachi Oro has had an individual Sponsor Poster custom designed by me.  Each of them are now currently seeking Sponsors to help them reach their financial goals to make this trip a reality.  Every generous sponsor, that is able to make a monitory donation, will receive a Sponsor Poster in exchange for their donation.  The posters are provided so each sponsor may display their support of Mariachi Oro.  

Please see the slide show below for samples of the Sponsor Posters.

For more information on Mariachi Oro, or If you would like to sponsor one of these talented performers, please reach out to the following points of contact:

Mariachi Director - Alex Treviño:

  • email: aletrevino@mcallenisd.net

Parent Booster President - Sujey López

  • email: veejay.lopez@gmail.com
  • phone: 956-533-3930

Parent Booster Vice-President - Betty Rodríguez

  • email: jrodriguez006@rgv.rr.com
  • phone: 956-624-9492

This one is over due.

Hey Everyone,

Sorry I have not update my blog in the last two months.  A funny thing happen... I got busy with photography.  "Well of course Mario! You are a photographer." Well, yes, but I am also a Full Time Regional Service Supervisor for a major mobile phone company.  Photography is a passion that I am able to satisfy on the weekends by shooting sessions of: couples, families, children, sports teams, action sports, weddings, quinceaneras and much more...  My weekdays have been taken up the last couple of year by traveling to West Texas and New Mexico, for my full time job.  So, as you can imagine, when I work in my home area I spend my weekday evenings with my family.  Recently, late January to more precise, the mobile company I work for went through some major structure changes; for many in our company this meant they no longer had a job, for others like myself, this meant a new boss and a new area to cover.  When the new areas were announced my area shrunk down to only South Texas, my home area.  I don't know how long I will support South Texas only, with out the need for extensive travel... BUT I'LL TAKE IT!

Staying in my home area for my full time job has allowed me to take on additional photography opportunities in the evenings.  As a result I have been busy with both capturing and editing photos more than ever.

I would like to thank everyone that has stopped by to check for updates and to everyone that follows me on social media.  All the compliments and kind words about my work are truly motivating.  I hope my passion for photography will some day grow into something I can do full time allowing me to always work from my South Texas Home.

I leave you with a few photos I have created over the two months.  Feel free to leave questions or comments below or reach out to me via email or social media.

Parents Night basketball photo by: Peter Magallon (my 8 year old son)



Introducing Oliver!

On December 17th 2015, my brother Christopher and his wife Holly became the proud parents of their second child, Oliver Morgan Magallon.  Two days later I received a phone call from my brother asking, "When can we take photos of Oliver?!?".  I had been waiting for this call since the day I found out they were having baby number two.  Oliver was delivered in good health 1 month before his due date, and was able to come home a few days later.  I was anxious to schedule a photo session; unfortunately, I had 3 other obligations for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  But as soon as Tuesday came around I, along with my wife and children, were off to photography my new nephew.

We set up in my brothers living room with a small portable back drop, soft boxes, speedlites and wireless triggers. Using this set up, along with my Nifty Fifty 50mm Lens and a Canon DSLR, I was able to make the following images for them.  

Please help me in welcoming Oliver in to the world by leaving a comment below.

#RGVHOOPS Lady Lobos vs Lady Mustangs

The Palmview Lady Lobos Basketball team hosted their District Opener vs McAllen Memorial's Lady Mustangs on 12-15-15.  This game was expected to be a good one and it did not disappoint.  Both teams were back and forth with a strong show of defense not allowing the other team to score, resulting in a low scoring 1st quarter; the battle for buckets continued through to the end of the first half, ending with a 12-12 tie. Both teams were very determined to put up some points in the second half staying neck and neck throughout the entire half.  In the end the Lady Lobos finished 3 points shy of tying up the the game, giving them their first district loss of 38-35.

I would like to introduce you to the 2015-1016 Lady Lobos:

Here are some photos from the District Opener vs the Lady Mustangs:


Kiss a Senior

Sorry, this blog entry is not about photography.  But you may still find this story interesting.  Back in High School there were many special days celebrated: First day of school, last day of school, first football game, Christmas break, prom and many many more... but one day that I remember, vividly, was a day called "Kiss a Senior Day".

 

Kiss a Senior Day was an unofficial day celebrated near the end of the school year by students, some more than others, where one would to walk up to a Senior and give them a peck on the cheek and wish them well after they graduated.  Although, many also used it as an excuse to kiss a Senior they had a crush on before the school year was over, because they possibly would never see them again.

 

I take you back to 1993, Hall D, at La Joya High School, Kiss a Senior Day.  As I walked down Hall D, to get to my next class, a cute freshman who I had never meet before walked up to me and asked, "You are a Senior, right?", to which I replied, "Yes."  Without skipping a beat she kissed me on the cheek, then ran away.  I quietly looked around, and thankfully, there was no one around to see me blush.  I thought about that freshman all day and wondered who she was.  Eventually we would run into each other again and again, but she would always hide from me, by turning around then walking in the opposite direction.  Eventually, her best friend came upto me to tell me that he friend had a crush on me, but she was too embarrassed to see me in person because of what she did.  Later that summer, after I had graduated, she had the courage to talk to me, and I asked her out on a date.  "The rest", as they say, "is history."  3 years later I married that shy, cute, freshman.

 

I would like to say to my wife, HAPPY 19TH ANNIVERSARY!  Thank you for that first special kiss. It will never be forgotten. 

 

 

 May there be many more.

May there be many more.

I can't hear you, are you hiding

So, my blog has not received a lot of momentum yet, but I hope that will change in the near future.  My original plan for this blog was to post a minimum of one update per week about my work or How To Photo Tips and Tricks, but that plan changed after I realized how bored I was going to be this week and probably next week as well.

What many of you do not know is, I had a minor surgery and biopsy done on my vocal chords this past Tuesday.  I had been suffering from a chronic cough for more than 4 months now, which some of you saw first hand, as we discussed your photography contracts.  I was under the impression that my cough was due to allergies, and in a way it probably was, but it turned out to be a little worse than that.  I scheduled a visit to a Dr. and he found a small lesion on one of my vocal chords.  He said he was not sure how it happen but it could have been one of many ways, such as: eating something with a sharp edge, like a tortilla chip could of scratched it, yelling at the top of my lungs at kids basketball games or at my kids themselves, or maybe even coughing so hard while my allergies were acting up a few months before. Any one of those things, among other possibilities could have done it.  A small procedure was done to help it heal faster and at the same time he preformed a biopsy to test for cancer... you know, just in case.  We have not received results of the biopsy yet, but the Dr does not believe it is cancer that caused this.  The biopsy was just more of a precaution than anything else since he was already there.

The current status of my situation is this, in the Dr.'s words, "DO NOT SPEAK for a full 2 weeks."  Yep that is right, 2 weeks.  He actually recommended 3, but we will see how I feel after 2.  Cough has subsided so far. In the mean time, I have been working from home, as needed, via email for my full time job and have also found time blog and overhaul the look of this website.

Should you need to contact me about services, or have a general question, please used the following modes of communication to reach out to me through the end of the month: eMail, Text Message, Twitter, Facebook Messenger or Kik.  Yes, I said Kik, I will be testing out Kik for a short time to see what kind of interaction I get from potential clients and followers of my work.

Here is my contact info:

Mail:                     Magallon.Photography@yahoo.com

Text Message:  956-648-0064

Kik:                      Magallon.Photography

Facebook:          Facebook.com/MagallonPhotography

Twitter:              @MagallonPhotos

Please feel free to comment below and share my blog.  Let me know what you would like to see in future blogs.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hidden in the Dark

Model: Cyndar Magallon

Photoshop was not used to make this image, it was all done in camera.

Gear used: Canon XSi, Canon 18-55mm lens, tripos, flashlight

New Site, New Blog

Well, here it is! 

My website has been updated with a new look. I never thought putting together an online portfolio would be such a challenge.  

I was asking myself, "What categories should I make for my portfolios?"   I thought to myself, "Maybe I will show off some celebration photos, pet photography, how about landscape and seascape photos... then there are product photos and fun project photos... oh and macro photos of insects. Wait, what about the flower photos and star photos... OH NO! I have too many categories to showcase."  Finally it came down to this, I simply asked myself what photos have I created that people love the most. I realized that it is not the ones of places that I have visited, things that I have seen or new photography techniques that I have learned.  No, none of those.  The photos that seem to get the most emotion from people that view my work or the photos of the people themselves.  So with that in mind, my online portfolio is all based on people and the things they love and the things that define who they are.

Once that decision was made, the biggest challenge came in the form of choosing what photos to post up.  Can you imagine sorting through over 40,000 images taken over several years, then trying to narrow it down to no more that 15 per portfolio category?  Well that is what I just wrapped up.  It was tough and time consuming, but I think I am now showing some of my best work of people.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the images I have selected, so feel free to comment below.

As you can tell, another addition to my page is this very blog that you are currently reading.  I plan on updating my blog a minimum of once per week to let everyone know what projects I am working on, which may or may not be people photography. I also post up tips and tricks on how to learn photography.

So, come back to MagallonPhotography.com for more blog entries.  Share what you see here to your social media pages and reach out to me if you ever have any questions.

Take care and thanks for stopping by.

-Mario