Labor of Love

So Happy Labor Day everyone!  

  Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

I just wanted to share MY contribution to this movement and what I bring. My Labor of Love if you will. The camera! The Image! Yesterday I got to hang out with some really close friends and for me some of them was my first time meeting them, but through social media and the interweb we were able to get to know each other way before we met yesterday in person. We had a "shootout" which is basically a styled shoot with models and we in the simplest terms become the paparazzi!!! Hahahahaha, well it felt that way! Only with lighting equipment everywhere if your not just a natural light photographer and nature to deal with.

Attack!!! 😂😂😂 

Attack!!! 😂😂😂 

To get to the spot I rather have attended a cross fit gym and spent 2 hours there. Yea, that would have been easier. Oh mental note. Get an assistant for stuff like this! 

There have been many people before me with way more important contributions to our county and society that have made this day possible for you and me to enjoy a day off but this is part of mine. The gift that I have been given. The gift of creativity.  

Here is an image of one of our models   Taylor, a big shout out to her and fighting the trek, heat, mosquitos, snakes, and turantulas, and worst of all. Us damn photographers lol. 

What!!!!

Taylor Baxter Olivares

Taylor Baxter Olivares

So doing shoots like this is a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because you get to meet some pretty awesome people and get to show a few things that your capable of. Using and controlling natural light, use different lighting, and my favorite! Helping others get to their next level of offer some insight as to why I shot something a certain way. Our beautiful Mom Jacky below was game for anything! Getting in the water was a must! With the heat and the cool water I just had to follow along! Mental note number ✌🏼️.

Learn to swim. 

Beautiful😍 

Jacky

Jacky

So my last couple was Brittany + Edgar. If Brittany looks familiar to some it's because she is an awesome hair stylist and owner at Hair By Brittany Baxter and specializes in hair color and balayage. So if you looking for an awesome hair stylist info will be at the bottom of this post. 

Bam! 🔥🔥🔥

Brittany + Edgar

Brittany + Edgar

Thank you guys for stopping by and spending 5 minutes off of your already busy lives. 

Again im going to sound like a broken record but please share and like our Instagram and FB page. Thank you all for the love and support from my last blog post and I am overwhelmed by it. Love you guys and thanks for your continued support.  

Happy Labor Day and thanks for supporting my Labor of Love and shout out to the MGLR crew as well. Love y'all ❤️

Brittany + Edgar

Brittany + Edgar

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3 Ladies and a Camera

I don't always post about personal things, but just wanted to share a couple of images from yesterday of the women in my life and the reason I picked up a camera. 

See capturing those two young girls on the left playing soccer every Saturday about 9 years ago with my little point and shoot Kodak, yes I said point and shoot. Best of all I actually walked around the huge soccer fields with a monopod on it just like the big boys I waned to be like, Neil Leifer, Walter Looss, Brad Margin & Peter Read Miller. 
 

Hit play and check out some of my handy work from 2007-Present. 

Man......so yes looking at the video, its been a while I've been doing this.  I know the Lord has me where I'm suppose to be and Im fine with that.  I started doing my transition from "sports photographer" to event photographer when the girls I coached at the time were turning 15, and you already know what that means Quinceanera!  So it was like "coach you take pictures, do you want to be a sponsor to my quince as the photographer?" 

By then I had moved up to shooting with a Sony A100 with a kit lens & a flash. So naturally I was like yes!  Below is one of my first images from a session for a quinceanera back in 2007. Man I had no clue what I was doing! Some would argue I still don't and that may be true but hustle always out does talent when talent doesn't hustle so I hustled my @ss off. 

2007 Quinceanera  

2007 Quinceanera  

So I have a lot to be thankful for. The ladies in the first pic are the main reason Im thankful.  For allowing me to document their life and by giving me a life that allows me to do what I love doing.  So there is a small glimpse as to where and how I started photography.  

2016 Quinceanera  

2016 Quinceanera  

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I'll be looking to do a free session and for my 1K follower I'll be having a drawing for a complimentary wedding! YES A WHOLE WEDDING ON ME! 

 

Stay tuned! 

Taking vs Making

So you hear it all the time. That I'm a photographer and I "take pictures".  

 

Well to an extent yes, I take pictures of moments that are happening but I also go in knowing I have to create (Make) some 🔥. 

Back in February I wrote how you have to create mood and drama rather than just taking a snap shot.  Well part making an image is that your faced with shooting in a location that is not pleasing to the 👀 eyes!  

Dont get me wrong it's a fine hotel but there is just to much stuff going on. You got exit signs in the background, rest rooms, funky wall art. Not to mention people walking by.  

Take this shot for example.  

Photo Cred: Alejandro Duran

Photo Cred: Alejandro Duran

I "took" the picture in a hallway of a Marriott after the food was served and people had cleaned up the buffet tables. So I decided to grab the quinceañera's shoes, since she had taken them off into something more comfortable so she could dance. 

I had looked around and it is what it is. It's a hotel ballroom. Tungsten lighting (all the orange glow) and well you see it.  

So I grab my flash and know exactly what I want to do. I want to get rid of all the stuff going on an have the focus on the shoes! 

Final Image

Final Image

😳 BAM!! There you go! Made something out of nothing! No photoshop tricks this is all done in camera. Which means I have to edit less! 

Here is another example of making something out of nothing.  

Hotel window natural light

Hotel window natural light

Wide open window, letting in tons of natural light. Good right? Well the shocking look the groom gives you when you tell him your going to close the shades and turn off the lights. 😳 

the result......... 

Final Edited Image

Final Edited Image

Thanks for spending a few minutes learning about what I do. I hope you follow me on my Instagram and FaceBook page for some examples of my work. 

Now let's go get some lunch!! Love y'all!  

Do I NEED a Second Shooter?

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So do you need a second shooter? Well that depends on who you ask? Ask a bride on a budget and they will tell you, no its not needed. Ask a prima donna photographer and they will tell you they can cover everything and no, they don't need one either. Ask a guy that is needing work and trying to build a portfolio and they will tell you yes, of course you need one. 

Ask me a while back, and I would of told you yes, yes you need one. Why? Well because I was the last guy I just mentioned. I was the guy struggling to get bookings and stuff to show. I was the guy still learning how the flow of a wedding went down. I didn't matter how many tutorials I watched, It didn't matter how many YouTube videos I stayed up till 3 in the morning watching.

Its not the same as going out there and shooting. 

Do I still second shoot? Of course I do and I love it. Why? Well because I know the main photographer can depend on me to get the shots they don't always get. There are a handful of well know photographers that work as a team that have acted as second shooters some way such as Lin & Jirsa in California,  TWO MANN Studios, who is a husband and wife team made up of Lanny Mann & Erika Mann out of Canada, There is Easton & Laura Reynolds who make up LuRey Photography, and Ben & Erin Chrisman who make up CHRISMAN Studios. Even Well know Jasmine Star who brands herself as a solo photographer has her husband JD for a second shooter. These are all well respected Wedding Photographers that work as a creative team to give the Bride and Groom the best experience they can give. 

The Key word is CREATIVE TEAM. Throwing ideas back and forth, asking what works and what doesn't, challenging each other to get "THE SHOT", pushing for something better, something different. 

What is a good reason a bride can relate to needing a second shooter? Well how about letting moments go by. Moments that were caught but maybe from one angle or it was caught but an iPad was sticking out in the isle as the bride and groom had their first kiss we've all seen that photo of the groom leaning over to see his bride because of all the cell phones. We can't control every situation and we can't be in all places at one time. Trust me, Ive tried!

The image above of Will dancing with his mother is a great shot and shows the joy and love he is feeling on his wedding day. I captured that! I mean look at his smile. Its end to end! Badass if you ask me! I love it, Im calling my mom right after this. (Not really its late but shout out to my Mom!)
Ok, one thing is missing. What in the world is his mother feeling at that very moment? Is she crying? Is she sad? Is she as happy as he is? Well take a look below.

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That shot above would not have been captured if it wasn't for my second shooter. I mean I got the shot of the groom but doesn't having the photo of his mom make it even more special. I think so. Talk to me years from know when they are 60 and tell me it don't mean anything.

SO, the image below..........

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Victor Escandon Wedding

We only got two pictures of this lady. She sat down most of the night. I captured both of these second shooting for a great photographer friend of mine Rick Davila. He didn't catch her and if you know Rick you know he don't miss many moments.
This is the grooms aunt. He was so happy we caught these!! Unfortunately, she passed away that Monday morning. Thats right, two days later!
The top image is during the dollar dance where generally the main photographer will cover the bride and second will cover the groom, and the bottom image is of her son and her dancing. They danced one song and stayed on one side of the dance floor which at the time I was covering.

Do what you need to but please think about it really hard when you pass up a second shooter opportunity. Maybe you can cut back on something else? The limo or on the food, a cheaper cake, but don't miss out on the opportunity of coming up short on moments. After all, we can only be in so many places at one time.
If your reading this and you second shoot, please don't take second shooting lightly.  The images you capture may be so much more meaningful come that Monday morning.

 

So What do I Get?

A lot of times people purchase things or are about to purchase something and if your like me you scroll down to the details and click on the "What's In The Box" section. All in hopes of getting more than we purchased. That little nugget that makes you grin inside and appreciate the purchase more. It's not a make or break deal because you really liked the product or company maybe even the customer service was second to none so buying it was already a must.  

Victor! What's your point? Ok, I was looking at some photos that I took of an event and at the time I took the pictures I looked at the back of my camera and knew right off the bat it was missing something. Said picture is below. 

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Ok, so not bad. So Vic what's all this talk about added value?

Well I decided to reach in my bag and pull out a few things and walked back over to my table setting I was shooting. Had a buddy do a few things, set up and extra flash with a gel to add some pop to the scene. As you can tell from the above picture this particular spot had no up lighting so....... I created some.  

Behind The Scene Shot

Behind The Scene Shot

Here, with some good help I am creating a smoke effect so the colored light pops against the image. Below is a shot I was more happy with more creative and I know some people would not have taken the extra steps to create said shot! 

Creative Table Setting

Creative Table Setting

Thanks to everyone who books with me and has booked me for your Wedding Day and Quinceañera. I learned a while ago that I have to STOP SELLING and START HELPING! 

The free resources like timelines and questionnaires are part of what I don't talk about but include. The referrals I send your way if I'm booked to make sure you are taken care of are some of the small things that me as a person is also looking for when it comes to buying something.  #AddedValue 

 

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