Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico, other countries in Latin America, some places in the US with large Hispanic populations, along with countries in Europe, and the Philippines. Based on the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, “Day of the Dead” generally is a day of remembrance of loved ones who have died, commemorated with visits to the cemetery. Families often light candles at the graves and leave offerings of flowers (especially marigolds, “cempasúchiles“), or for children, sweets and toys. Many people also make an altar in their home, dedicated to their loved ones who have passed away.
In Mexico, the “Day of the Dead” celebration results from a combination of pre-Hispanic beliefs merging with the Catholic holiday “All Saint’s Day.” People celebrate death because it is seen as a part of the natural life cycle: flowers that die leave behind seeds that will sprout a new life, and people who pass on leave many gifts for their families. The whimsical skeletons and skulls for Day of the Dead are a playful symbol of life after death, many times representing those who have died engaging in their favorite activities.
In 1910, an Mexican artist named José Guadalupe Posada made an etching and print of a skeleton he called “La Catrina.” La Catrina represented a wealthy, upper-class woman, and was part of a series that included skeletons as humorous images of contemporary figures. This “La Catrina” is an iconic symbol of Día de los Muertos, and you will see her image everywhere (not only during Day of the Dead!).
We made a fun afternoon recreating this beautiful and sexy character, just in time for Halloween. Our friend Ivan was our go-to face painter for this session. We don’t know about y’all but any session together has wine. So we face painted, drank and photographed. Tasha was our model but our girl Mila was not about to miss a photoshoot if she could help it. To be honest they both ROCKED the shoot. There were so many good photos that it was hard to narrow down. The photoshoot was at Ivan’s house, he had the perfect corners for the shoot; one corner was a cactus garden and the other a massive tree that gave us a nice natural backdrop and Alessa took the photos. The head band was made by Alessa, all fake flowers and headband were bought at the dollar store and hot glued on. The whole thing cost 5 bucks to make!
When’s the next photoshoot??