Project - Latvian Nomad Portrait

Latvian Nomad Portrait Project has been growing in my heart for some time. My goal is to photograph Latvians abroad - create series of proffesional portraits of people who are proud of their Latvian roots, people who may no longer speak the language, or people who visit their homeland frequently. Portrait collection would be in an online gallery, possibly creating a book in a future.

latvian Nomad Portrait

Latvia is approaching its 100 year anniversary and at various times and turmoils in its history Latvians have found themselves away from their home country, yet their love for the small country on the Baltic Sea remains strong.

I've  lived in United States  for almost two decades, and have met Latvians with different paths that have brought them away from Latvia. With this project I hope to capture portraits that reflect the people who call themselves Latvian.

I am based in Michigan and would like to start in my home state however as I travel, I'd like to reach out to other communities as well. If you are Latvian and would like to find out more about this project, set up a portrait session please contact me at latviannomad@gmail.com , connect of Facebook or Instagram.

I also invite my fellow Latvian Photographers abroad to join me in this project -  create professional portraits of Latvians abroad. Please use #latviannomad on Instagram or tag me @latviannomad

Free Photo Friday - 12/01/17 - Butterflies and bugs

This week for Free Photo Friday I'm releasing a series of images of frames. I had taken these photos for future composites or to use them in showcasing prints. The frames are variety of angles to accommodate for perspective.

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Free Photo Friday - 11/24/17 - Frames

This week for Free Photo Friday I'm releasing a series of images of frames. I had taken these photos for future composites or to use them in showcasing prints. The frames are variety of angles to accommodate for perspective.

Full Gallery availabe HERE

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The following images are preview of the photos that are available for download

 

 

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These images CAN NOT be used to spread hate, discrimination, violence or abuse.

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Latvian Roots - Photo Shoot

It doesn't happen that I get to celebrate my Latvian roots in photos, but my cousin came to visit.

November 18th happens to be Latvian Independence Proclamation Day and Latvia is only a year shy of it 100th birthday. 

Traditional Latvian Crown - Latviesu vainags
tautumeita - Latvian traditions
Latvian traditional crown
Latvian nomad

Latvia is small country on Baltic Sea. While its population is just about 2 million, the country has rich history. Art Noveau architecture in Riga (the capital of Latvia) shines throughout the city. The song and dance festival gathers thousands of Latvians in celebration. And now as the Latvias 100th birthday is approaching, the country is ready to celebrate.

I was born in Latvia and grew up there, but my life has taken me to States where I'm raising my family. And while during busy days my Latvian spirit may fade, I feel my roots deeply when I listen to music or catch up with a fellow Latvian.

 

 

 

Free Photo Friday - 11/17/17- Eastern Market, Detroit

This week for Free Photo Friday I'm releasing a series of images from my visit to Eastern Market in Detroit. This unique place lets you taste some local goodies, has amazing flowers, and ton of street art. If you are really for a longer adventure, just take the Dequindre Cut all the way to the river.

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Ilze Lucero Eastern Market  Free Photo Friday.jpg
Free Photos for commercial use Ilze Lucero Eastern Market .jpg
Ilze Lucero Eastern Market (6).jpg

These photos are released under Creative Commons license and can be used for personal and commercial purposes,and while attributions are appreciated they are not required. ( you may not claim the creation of these images or copyright to them )

These images CAN NOT be used to spread hate, discrimination, violence or abuse.

Free Photo Friday 11/10/2017

Free Photo Friday is a personal project of  Ilze Lucero - Clarkston photographer.  Over the years as a photographer I have taken tens of thousands of photographs. Some of them have been tucked away on hard drives waiting for a project. I have decided to give back to my community as well as let these images find use by others.

The images will be released on my website in Free Photo Friday gallery

ILze Lucero - Free Photo Friday -  Ice Storm

These photos are released under Creative Commons license and can be used for personal and commercial purposes,and while attributions are appreciated they are not required. ( you may not claim the creation of these images or copyright to them )

These images CAN NOT be used to spread hate, discrimination, violence or abuse.

 

Colored Smoke Photo Shoot

Colored Smoke -  there is something mysterious, ethereal and momentary about it. We got to enjoy quite calm weather, and event the smallest breeze had smoke change the direction.

Yellow Smoke photo shoot  -  mystery in the woods

We picked three colors -  yellow, purple and red. Well purple ended up looking a bit more blue, but the colors were quite saturated and looked beautiful as they wrapped around Stephanie

Smoke photo, beautiful red hair model

And even as the smoke dedicated, it created a beautiful fog among the fall colored trees. 

Fantasy photogrphy -  yellow fog
Red smoke granade -  beautiful modeal
Pink smoke granade photogrphy -  clarkston photogrpher
Purple blue smoke granade, magical photo shoot
Blue smoke photo shoot
Smoke photo shoot -  mystic woods

 

 

Fall Couple Photo Shoot

This fall couple shoot really got to showcase the closeness of Seth and Kasey. We actually got to enjoy a bit of fall color. Michigan had  some interesting weather this season -  from 96F at the end of September to leaves changing really late and quick, and in many place falling leaving bare trees. 

Fall couple photo session

But at the Rotary Park we lucked out with fall colors and brisk but dry weather.

Engagement photogrphy Livonia
Fun couple photo shoot
Cute couple -  photo shoot -  Detroit metro photogrpher

It  truly brings me joy, when people have fun and show off their personalities 

engagement photo session

Baby Photo Shoot - Clarkston

This family welcomed their brand new baby girl to join her two alder brothers and I was happy to take some newborn, sibling and family photos for this growing family.

Clarkston Newborn photogrpher

While most of the time I photograph high-school seniors, business portraits and weddings,  getting to capture some amazing memories for families always brings me joy. I started out my career with family and newborn photography. I've always enjoyed little kids and babies, so when an opportunity presents, I cant be happier to pull out my baby photo props -  wraps, and headbands and soft furry blankets.

Newborn and baby photogrpher

I always want older kids to have fun, and pull out all my silly stops to make them giggle.

Maternity and Newborn photographer -  clarkston
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Fall family photo session at Bay Court Park

Bay Court Park has renovated Brady Lodge, and has great locations for family photos.

Fall family photos

And I had such a great time photographing this lovely family.The images we created will look great joining the other family photos at their home. Exist in photos -  and print them. But first ... of course ... you have to have the photos taken .

Fall family photo shoot
Clarkston Family photogrpher

As a quick photographer tip-  when it comes to family photo session -  have fun. Show off the joy you have , and the care for each other

clarkston photogrpher