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Photograpy by Aaron Gil suited well to queens and princesses of Artesia Holy Spirit Festival
Seasoned photographer Aaron Gil delighted Artesia, California’s Portuguese community with his promotional and event photographs for the historic Festa do Divino Espirito Santo, or Divine Holy Spirit Festival.
By: Aaron Gil
This year’s festival, an 84-year tradition in Artesia, was held July 23-26. The event is rooted in the religious traditions of Portuguese immigrants from the Azorean islands and is specifically linked to the celebration of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. In Artesia, the main procession featured a beautiful court of local girls and young women, who were honored as the festival’s Queen, Junior Queen, and Princesses.
Photos: Queen Kelsey Sousa and Junior Queen Victoria Martins were joined by Princesses Amanda Barcelos, Taylor Sousa, Lindsay Lopes, and Aubrey Costa.
Gil specializes in capturing diverse moments in the human experience, whether he’s shooting large celebrations, individual portraits, or professional poses. He has been perfecting his intimate approach and vintage style since 1988 and has had his work featured in the Los Angeles Times. The personal quality of Gil’s photographs also extends to his client interactions, as his long list of enthusiastic testimonials attests.
One of Artesia’s own shared that “the pictures Aaron took of this celebration were incredible,”
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About the Artesia DES
Founded in 1927 to promote the traditions of the Portuguese in Artesia, California, the Artesia DES hosts many diverse community activities and is home to the Artesia DES Band and the Artesia DES Soccer Club. The first Festa do Divino Espirito Santo was held in 1927. www.artesiades.org