Monsieur Roberto Restucha

Sad news this morning when I got the phone call that our friend Roberto had past away…

I thought I would reblog this in his memory!


When you see him, he always has a smile on his face, he is always happy. You look at him and you see the gentleman.

You see the old fashion Argentinian! The tanguero….

He looks at his wife with eyes of admiration, of love, of happiness.

In a photoshoot you can get to see  the real personality of someone. He is real, as real as it gets.

This is him: funny, wise, in love with his wife. We had so much fun, that I invited his wife Amalia to join us at the end of the shoot.

Wow! One would be lucky to have what those two have.

Complete admiration for each other, love through the years and happiness!

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Outdoor Milonga Raleigh


What a wonderful afternoon tango time in Raleigh. Triangle Tango had organized once again with the generosity of Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

This was held in the afternoon from 3.00pm – 6.00pm. Jae of Tango Utopia fame had put together some of our favorite tandas that  had on the dance floor provided by David Karasiewicz.

I went with the girls, of course….it was in the middle of the afternoon and I wanted them to enjoy the afternoon tango, the community, and the gorgeous weather.

It was a joy as many brought their kids as it was an afternoon event.

Lara had so much fun with the oldest kids and Chloe with the youngest kids.

It was kids, dogs, bubbles, dancers and friends. Gorgeous day, beautiful venue, and incredible people, they are my tango community.

Here couple of photos I took from the event.

Video Documentary on Argentine Tango

I specialize in documentary photography and lately have been wanted to add film and video under my belt to be able to cater to any job opportunity that can be giving to me in journalism/documentary.

I feel like a photojournalist or photo documentarist has to know how to do both these days, to be able to stay competitive.

Thanks to the support of my wonderful friend, teacher  and mentor in photography Meg Daniel. She really push me to learn it, and kept telling me that I will love it and embrace it if I give it a chance. She was right as usual.

Thanks to the wonderful teaching of Brandon Johnson, Kelly Smith Campbell and Andrew Ross, I am able to produce my first piece that I am very proud of.


It has been a challenge to edit as I am a perfectionist. This is my 4th video, but the first one that I am proud of.

Video Documentary on Argentine Tango

House milonga and Roberto’s birthday

While my parents were here, I wanted to be sure they had the opportunity to dance with this wonderful tango community. So I decided to have a house milonga.

It was so much fun! 32 people showed up and enjoyed food, wine, dancing, and celebrating Roberto’s birthday.

Lara, my middle daughter loved greeting people and taking their coats, Chloe enjoyed dancing with Roberto. Both loved playing with Maya.

Jason, and Millie enjoyed their time hanging out with Byron and his girlfriend.

It was nice to have a full house and to see old tango friends that travelled from California.


Farewell Milonga Pichuqueando for Cecilia Pagani

Last night was a very special milonga to honor our good friend and beautiful milonguera, Cecilia Pagani,before she relocates to Atlanta, GA
We had the milonga at Piazza Italia and we had live music.

Maestro Julian Hasse was at the bandoneon and David Garcia was at the guitar  and the live music were compliments of Jason Laughlin, Cecilia’s dance partner.

Here are the photos of the evening.

Performance at Parizade

Such a fun weekend with performances at Parizade in Durham with Nick Jones and Diana Cruz.

Milonga sur la Vilaine

The joy of traveling so much is that I get to go to so many different milongas.

While I was in Bretagne, there was a milonga organized on a boat on the Vilaine. What a beautiful scenery!

The boat left the port and went up and down the river. We had live music, and a performance!


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Multiple faces of Katia at the milonga

So much fun doing this project!

Very tedious on the photo shoot part…I had to really think where I put myself…

Can you imagine the nightmare….Katia as the dancer who wants to dance no matter what, as the one putting on her shoes, as the envious dancer who want to dance like the one on the floor,katia Dj’ing, and the 2 katia socializing….

I am everywhere…:-) There is a flaw in this photo..can you found it?


Je me suis eclate a faire ce project. Plein de Katia a la milonga:-)

Tres dur a executer le photo shoot car je devais rester au meme endroit!

New Year’s Eve

So much to say about this night…It is such an important one in many countries. In a way you turn a page and start another one.

It is like a new beginning or a new continuing…

The people you spend it with shape what your year will be. If you are blessed enough to have as many friends as we do, well you know you are lucky.

My last tango of 2011 was spectacular, my New Year tango were as spectacular.

This New Year milonga was by far the best we ever had. Fun, music, decorations, champagne, games, prizes, food and of course  family and friends!

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2 years ago, John and I converted my Mom and Dad to tango. We gave them lessons, found them places in France and Martinique where they could take lessons, took them to Buenos Aires…

Well, I happy to see they are hooked.

We went to the practica last thursday and I was so proud to watch them. They have come such a long way. I love dancing with my dad and my mum look so good on the floor that I had to take photos.

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Il y a 2 ans, nous avons donnees des lecons de tango a mes parents. Je suis contente de voir comment il s’y sont accroches! Ils sont vraiment accro. Ils vont danser 2 ou voir 3 fois par semaine en France et en Martinique.

Nous sommes alles a la pratique jeudi et j’etais tellement fiere d’eux. Que de progres ils ont fait. J’adore danser avec mon papa et ma maman etait tellement belle quand elle dansait que je n’ais pu resister a faire des photos.