I am currently taking a class to continue building my skills in photography, specifically with studio lighting photography. I debated for a long time on how I was going to compose a self portrait assignment and really focused on creating an image that reflected my personal background . Over the Thanksgiving break I watched Les Miserables with my brother, sister, and sis in law. The movie really blew me away. The story, acting, singing, cinematography, costumes, and everything else about it was so powerful. Then I began to search for images by Annie Liebovitz' portraits of the actors of the movie. I had seen them when the movie was being promoted and was so amazed at her creativity. She captured the actors and created images that looked like paintings. They appeared to have been done with a slight HDR approach with shadows brightened and highlights dropped. So I went to class with the mindset of trying to capture that sort of look with my black and white passion. This is the product. Let me know what you think.
This past weekend I photographed Ana and Mauricio's wedding. They were such a happy couple, joking and laughing all throughout the day. Ana had contacted me seeking a photographer who could capture emotion and candid moments, exactly my style of photographing weddings.
After arriving to Ana's home, I was engulfed in the love her and her siblings shared. There were three sisters and a brother. Each wanting to be near their sister as she prepared for the day, even though there was plenty of rooms throughout the home for them to use to prepare for the wedding. During the morning I heard Julian, Ana's brother, speaking to someone about picking up their mom. I had wondered where mom was, but didn't think too much of it. While at the church, I saw mom arrive at the front doors and realized she was a person with quadriplegia.
Throughout the event I had observed Ana's mom and had noticed at each angle that I saw her, she had a bright light coming from her eyes. She appeared so happy for her daughter and the only way of expressing herself was through her eyes and smile. There was two very touching moments that I photographed. The first was Ana's arrival to the hall. She went into a room where her mom sat and gently caressed her as they looked into each others eyes. It was very moving. There is another photograph were Ana's sister, Connie, fights her tears as a guest sings a special mariachi song dedicated to their mother. These were the most moving moments of the day.
The rest of the day was full of smiling, joking, singing, and dancing.
Equipment: 2 Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f1.4; 28mm f2.8; 70-200mm II f2.8 Re
Church and Reception: St. John Baptist Catholic Church and School
This past weekend I had the opportunity to take part in a unique 2 day event celebrating the love, friendship, and commitment of Leah and Tony. The event kicked off on Friday with an intimate gathering of friends and family at the retro L and M motel. I had the opportunity of really getting to know Leah's parents and some of the guests. The nice thing about working on a two day event is the opportunity to learn more about Leah, Tony, and their guests. By Saturday, I felt like I was a friend and a guest at the celebration.
My style of photography focuses on emotion and composition. I prefer this and now consider it my "style" of photography. I do portraits, during events, but very minimal. I want to capture a true emotion elicited by the surroundings of the event. Leah contacted me specifically for that reason. She had told me that my photographs had grabbed her attention so much that she was moved by the images. I could not have received a greater compliment that what she had written. Having Leah share that information really motivated me to ensure I stayed true to my style of photography. This event was full of vibrancy, great music, amazing food, eclectic surroundings, wonderful people, and plenty of emotions. Leah and Tony shared some very moving moments during their event. There were certain moments when describing their love for one another really moved me. This energy is what I channel into my photography and what I will continue to use to capture emotion with composition.
Location: Roshambo Farms (Naomi was an awesome host!)
Camera Equipment: Photosource
On August 31, 2013 my sister celebrated her beautiful wedding in Ripon, CA. I had initially thought about being the photographer for the wedding, but I wanted to make sure I had just as much fun celebrating my sister's wedding as my brothers and sisters. I found a great wedding photographer, Priscilla, from Lodi, CA to capture her event. As I prepared myself for her wedding, I could not fight the urge to photograph. I captured about two to three images with my Canon and then left it in the hotel. I told myself the only photography I would capture would be with my phone. I really like the simplicity, mobility, speed, and quality of the phone. I took several of these shots within a matter of seconds and did some light editing with the Instagram filters.
I will try to incorporate some IPhone photography in my future events. I think couples will appreciate seeing some photographs of their event on the day of. I also have an additional surprise that I hope to try with my upcoming weddings.
Congratulations sis and enjoy the images!!!!!
Uploaded several Instagram photographs taken during my evening walks. All of the photographs were taken using an iPhone 4 and edited with the Instagram filter.
Inspiration for the work is the result of my life experiences, fascination with photographers life and technique, senses, imagination, and curiosity.
I have considered using the images to develop cards. I want to explore this idea more. For the mean time, enjoy the images.
Made some changes to the pages of the website and added more personal work. Checkout my new Personal Work section to see some of my images of:
Sacramento Local Latino Artists
La Raza Galeria Posada
Check out the images and let me know what you think!
Sacramento revealed the name and logo of the new Sacramento Pro soccer team, now known as the Sacramento Republic FC. This event was presented by Sacramento Pro Soccer and UC Davis Children's Hospital. This event kicked off with a game between the Sacramento All Stars versus the San Jose Earthquake. Following this match was a battle between English Premier League's Norwich City versus Mexico's Dorados of Sinaloa. The Sacramento All Stars tied the game 3-3 and Norwich City trumped Dorados of Sinaloa 3-0. Over 14,000 fans were in attendance.
I was asked by SacLatino Magazine to photograph the event. It will be exciting to see how the development of this new team will influence the Latino community. Soccer is the biggest sport in the world and its popularity in the Latino community is just as big. This is a new opportunity for young members of the community to aspire to be on a professional team that is in their backyard. All three goals from the Sacramento All Stars were scored by Latino players. Alvarez, Fonseca, and Ruiz scored against the Earthquakes.
To shoot these images I used Canon's 100-400 mm IS f/4.5-5.6. Soccer is very difficult to photograph due to the pace of the game and the sudden changes in distance amongst plays. These images were lightly edited with sharpness, slight fill light for shadows, burning for highlights, and definition enhancement to demonstrate the ability of the lens.
Publication: SacLatino Magazine
Camera Rental: Photosource
Location: Raley Field
Murphy bending the ball and scoring..
Joanne and Nathan's wedding contained several "firsts" for me. It was my first time photographing a bride in a Sari (traditional South Asian garment); my first time photographing a wedding on a Monday; my first time photographing an event in Berkley, and finally, my first time photographing an event at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco.
Having all of these new experiences did build up my nerves. I tackled my nerves with the same mindset as all of the events I capture, by focusing on emotions. Focusing on emotions always calms my nerves. I always seek those small moments of emotion that are unique to weddings. The start of this wedding was extremely emotional for Joanne due to traffic delaying a bus load of friends and family from joining the ceremony, but in the end Joanne and Nathan shared so many smiles throughout their wedding night. Their friends were no exception.
As always, I prefer to shoot events without flash to capture the mood elicited by the lighting at each location. I only use flash when I absolutely have to, but try my best to avoid it.
Thank you Joanne and Nathan for allowing me to be a part of your special day. Enjoy the sneak peek.
Wedding Planner: Ashley Ramirez, Eighteenth Avenue Events
Videographer: Gusto Lopez, The Life In Digital
Reception: Bently Reserve
Wedding this past weekend in Southern CA at Firestone Vinyard. Groom Devin Lavelle and the Bride, Fiona Young. The winery was a small intimate setting. The decorations gave a 1950s glamour look. Devin and Fiona were both extremely nice and extremely in love. I told Devin that I would count each time him and Fiona kissed, but after the 100th time I just gave up. I enjoy taking natural candid shots above any type of portrait or posed photography. You can't pose the look of Fiona's mom and Fiona sharing an immense feeling of happiness with their smiles. I couldn't and never would have thought, Devin would have torn up the dance floor the way he did, but he did. Yes he did. Enjoy the images and thank you Devin and Fiona for letting me document the beginning of your life long journey
Thank you Photosource for the rental.
Make Up: Dreamcatcher Artistry
Location: Firestone Vineyard
Wedding Coordinator: Avante Events