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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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!