Eye Candy

With You and Without You

A reader’s remembrance.


  • kirsten December 20th, 2012 3:19 PM

    these are gorgeous photos.

  • ocolli December 20th, 2012 3:20 PM

    Wow! Thanks so much for sharing! My favorite is #15.

    • Anaheed December 20th, 2012 3:40 PM

      I agree. I love them all but #15 is just WOW.

  • Mary the freak December 20th, 2012 3:32 PM

    One of the best things I have ever seen. Incredibly beautiful!


    PS: I am so sorry for you dad’s dead :(

  • Kelsey December 20th, 2012 3:41 PM

    These are so gorgeous!
    My mom (a part-time art teacher) and my friend’s mom Lorena, who is from Mexico, spend the first two days of November teaching about Día de los Muertos and Frida Kahlo at my old elementary school, and all the kids decorate sugar skulls, cut out paper flags and eat pan de muertos while learning about it.
    It’s one of my favorite holidays. We always light candles and set out those orange-slice candies for my Granddad.

  • Sunniva December 20th, 2012 3:49 PM

    beautiful photos. There is this beautiful light over them. the ninth one is really, really good.

    thank you so much for sharing!


  • Eleanor December 20th, 2012 3:59 PM

    WOW. this is absolutely beautiful! one of my favourite rookie shoots… it touches my heart xoxo

  • sobrina December 20th, 2012 4:00 PM

    These are so moving and beautiful. Some of my favorite photos I’ve seen on Rookie FOR SURE.

  • Arabelle December 20th, 2012 4:08 PM

    this is magnificent. thank you so much for submitting, maria.

  • jenaimarley December 20th, 2012 4:12 PM

    These are really marvelous, María!
    I live in the Southwest U.S., close to the border and am surrounded by a lot of this type of beautiful imagery and meaning.
    Thank you!

  • soviet_kitsch December 20th, 2012 4:17 PM

    absolutely gorgeous. lots of love to you <3 losing a parent is very hard and this is a beautiful way to honour your dad.

  • -alexandra- December 20th, 2012 4:43 PM

    wow. This is my favorite rookie shoot so far this school year! You are very talented, Maria. Keep it up!

  • LeavesThatAreGreen December 20th, 2012 4:44 PM

    This is so beautiful. Hugs.

  • SiLK December 20th, 2012 4:57 PM

    They’re beautiful!
    I moved to England from Mexico almost four years ago, and making an altar is one of the traditions we continue most strongly. I miss the markets around the day of the dead, with cempasuchil, garra de tigre and tissue paper with skeletons doing all sorts of activities. And the sugar skulls, they are sorely missed too, even though I think I am healthier for it.

  • GlitterKitty December 20th, 2012 5:06 PM

    So gorgeous

  • mdoodle13 December 20th, 2012 5:09 PM

    I love the girl with the short hair! She is beautiful!

  • Jamia December 20th, 2012 5:20 PM


  • tove December 20th, 2012 5:22 PM

    Absolutely incredible. I think it is from now one of my favourite photo albums on Rookie.

  • Miss Erin December 20th, 2012 5:46 PM

    wow, these are lovely.

  • Maren Elisabeth December 20th, 2012 5:48 PM

    this is just gorgeous

  • jessthetics December 20th, 2012 6:05 PM

    These photo’s are incredible, so beautiful. I think number 10 is my favourite xx


  • Sssophiabh December 20th, 2012 6:12 PM

    #2 and 5
    ugh so beautiful

  • Kendra December 20th, 2012 6:20 PM

    This album touches my heart. It is absolutely stunning.

  • lash98 December 20th, 2012 6:28 PM

    This really describes how I felt after losing a close family member. Everything was so foggy and dreamlike.

  • yourface December 20th, 2012 6:46 PM

    this is just such an amazing set!!! I love it! <3

  • catpower44 December 20th, 2012 7:34 PM

    These are so beautiful! I love #9! The photos are so dreamy and I love the fogginess of them! I like how you made the first one into a collage!


  • Eryn December 20th, 2012 7:47 PM

    wow wow wow, these are incredibly beautiful. So amazing. Wow. And such a beautiful story.

  • crapbag December 20th, 2012 7:59 PM

    5 and 9 are my absolute faves. This entire album is so beautiful and makes me really miss taking photos like this.

  • FiveDimesForNineLives December 20th, 2012 9:03 PM

    These pictures are so beautiful. I’m so sorry for your loss.


  • mgart December 20th, 2012 10:22 PM

    My dad just passed away earlier this month. There are no words for how thankful I am that this was on Rookie. Bless you guys.

  • chloegrey December 21st, 2012 12:14 AM

    This is amazing amazing amazing and it feels true and dreamlike at the same time and I don’t even know. Thank you for these pictures, Maria! And I’m sorry for your loss.

  • teenfurby December 21st, 2012 12:31 AM

    this photo album is really beautiful and honest, thank you so much, may your dad rest in peace


  • modaboutyouu December 21st, 2012 1:09 AM

    How beautiful this is.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • DreamBoat December 21st, 2012 1:27 AM

    This is incredible. When I was very young, I had my younger brother pass away, and then my house burned down, and then my grandmother (who we were all very, very close to) passed away. My life has always been filled with a lot of loss, and this was so beautiful and emotional… the fact our loved are always with us, and the sentiment, and just everything about it. It brought me to tears thinking about it all. Thank you so much for posting this, and I’m so sorry about for your loss <3

    Not only are these pictures very emotional for me, but they are also some of the prettiest things I have ever seen <3 Definitely one of my favorite Rookie shoots ever <3


  • Stephanie December 21st, 2012 3:37 AM

    These are some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen. They really did touch my heart and I know I will be looking at them a lot. Gorgeous job!

  • zhajean December 21st, 2012 5:08 AM

    these photos are amazing! i appreciate the idea :)

  • Pearl December 21st, 2012 11:01 AM

    These pictures are so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your grief. Sorry for your loss & I hope you feel better <3

  • Teez December 21st, 2012 2:45 PM

    so wonderful

  • Dick December 21st, 2012 3:55 PM

    I as someone who follows “Día de los Muertos” the vibe was captured. The photos are beautiful but most importantly I defiantly felt the emotion. Good luck with everything..

  • Morning Moon December 21st, 2012 4:21 PM

    Loved all the pictures, but #14 and #15 are awesome! Luck for you girl! Be strong!!

  • Tallulah December 22nd, 2012 3:16 AM

    I love all the clothes, and the photos are amazing, especially the third and last one! Well done!

  • Nomali December 22nd, 2012 10:29 AM

    These are extremely beautiful! Thank you, Maria.

  • ivoire December 24th, 2012 1:33 AM

    Wow, I am sorry for your loss, you make such beautiful art.

  • María Fernanda December 25th, 2012 5:59 PM


  • Cutesycreator aka Monica May 11th, 2013 11:40 AM

    Every picture here is breathtaking. I was particularly stunned by #15. All I can say is WOW.

    My heart goes out to you and your family. ♥