Street Portraits in Mexico City

My wife, our mimi me and I recently returned from a nine day trip to Mexico City. Leigh Anna is a PhD student at UCLA and a department that she's involved with was working on a project there.

Thankfully, UCLA commissioned me to document the process - projects. So it worked out perfectly for us to have a working vacation. On the plus side, I had more downtime than expected. So you know I took advantage of that and explored the city, bringing Paloma along for the ride.

Having competed in my second 5K only a week before, those miles served as my - sort of - work outs in prep for my next run. I mean, come on - I was pushing a stroller with a toddler in it so that has to count for something? 

To see what I was mainly focusing on, check out my Americano Mondays Instagram gallery. 

I was a little hesitant at first to approach people on the street, since I don't speak Spanish. I know various words/phrases and can understand more than I speak but unfortunately that's it. Pathetic, I know. Especially since I'm married to a sexy Latina who primarily speaks to our daughter in Spanish.

But I quickly got over any trepidation and just started approaching people. And it was great. Even when we couldn't speak each other's language we still found ways to communicate. And most of the time, little miss Paloma was kickin' it with me in her stroller so she got to meet all of these cool people as well. 

Below is a gallery of a few select street portraits I shot while I was there. 

 Taka, painter

Taka, painter

Taka is a painter who's studio was right around the corner from where we were shooting. Oh how I would have loved to go and see that and photograph there if I wasn't about to jump in an Uber to head to my next shoot. That would have been awesome. 

 Ivancho

Ivancho

 Ileana

Ileana

 Sebastian

Sebastian

 Ricardo

Ricardo