I am FOR you NOT against YOU.......

Second Shooters this is for you.....Hell even if you have just assisted me, this is for you....

OK, see the image below.... I DID NOT TAKE THIS SHOT...... I love it, I took a different angle of it but this one is not mine... This Image by Copyright standards belongs to Andrea Henderson of Khapture Photography.  Pretty awesome huh! Well you may never see this image due to the fact that most photographers will not allow second shooters to post the images they shot except maybe for their website. We all know social media such as Facebook and Instagram is where we spend most of our time browsing for images or what not. So unless you know the photographer, its gonna be a slim chance you don't get to see their best work.
 

Khapture Photography 

Khapture Photography 

So I was blessed to be able to show most of my work to Instagram or FB when I would second shoot for a few local photographers, some yea NOT SO MUCH.
 

Here is another from  Amber Balous who also helps second shoot with me. I think I was taking pics of some details or maybe a different angle but this here, yea! Awesome 👏🏼 

Amber Balous Photography

Amber Balous Photography

I guess my post is mainly about just letting future shooters know that it does not matter to me that you post what YOU shot.  After all its YOUR shot and your shooting with me for a reason... I like your stuff and I hope you get as much work in the future off of it as you can...
 

My Pastor at Shoreline City in Dallas just spoke about this just this Sunday. He stated that, How can I hold onto something that I have been blessed with and not pass it down. How can I ask them to help me shoot but limit them in return? The Lord blessed me with the opportunity to have a couple allow me to photograph their wedding or event and in my contract it states that I can post images from said event on social media, but yet I'm going to limit my second shooter and say "Hey by the way, you can't post any image you took till 3 months after I have given the couple their images". WHAT!
You know we have different angles and focal lengths we shoot at so more than likely your not gonna get the same shot I just took.  To my clients, I couldn't be everywhere at the same time and you know I didn't take the same first dance from all angles at the same time. I had help. Its hard to get work doing something creative, so if you see your face on someone else IG or FB page, its ok I know about it.... 80-90% of the images are coming from me. The editing....yup me.   

Lisa Cheng Photography

Lisa Cheng Photography

So I would just like to say thanks for all the help and anyone who extended help when I needed it. I didn't pull up too many images from all the Photographers who have ever helped me but if you have helped me.....I want to see you post YOUR work...You don't have to say you got the image shooting with me, because that didn't matter just post it. 

Second Shooter Angle

Second Shooter Angle

So again, I am for you, not against you. Not I am for me and only me.  I don't do it all alone and the people that help me should not be asked to have to limit their work to 1 or 2 post months later to show their work.  You were blessed, bless someone else. It's ok. The client is gonna love their whole gallery regardless. 

*Note
The Black Mamba is one of the worlds most deadliest snakes. 

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!