A New Style with Julia & Erica

The past few days I’ve been watching CreativeLive with professional photographer, Bambi. This woman is amazing at posing people and lighting her subjects. I was so excited with all advice she had given during the three day on-line course that I set up two photo shoots. You can buy Bambi’s course online at Creativelive.com.

I asked Julia to be my first model. As I began to direct her and pose her, I was astonished at the photos I was capturing. I kept looking at my shots asking myself, “Did I takes these?” It was amazing the dramatic difference in my confidences and language in directing a model. I finally knew what to do and how to say it!

The second photo shoot I kinda tricked in to happening. I was filming Erica sing a song for a special project her and I are working on and after the filming, I told her I was going to snap a few photos. She began to tell me she was horrible at taking pictures. I first tried to pose her but soon noticed she wasn’t feeling comfortable, so as Bambi would suggest, I took photos of the subject in an environment they were familiar with. I asked her to play her guitar and it was then that I was able to get some really nice shots of Erica.

From these series of photos you wouldn’t be able to guess that this week has been a very hard week for me. I guess this just shows the power of God’s joy in my life. He renewed my dream and therefore my heart can smile.

Photo Shoot: Sarah at 8 months

I was excited when my pregnant sister asked me to do a photo shoot with her. 🙂 I wanted to capture the emotions a woman may feel when being pregnant. Though I have no idea what it’s like, I picture having quiet moments wondering what this child will be like, what they will look like, what kind of personality they will have, and if they will be the next great artist.

Baby Jacob.

My family has always been very modest so when my sister revealed her belly for the shoot I was taken by it. I couldn’t help but think of the miracle of life.

This shot made me think of Jesus’ mother, Mary. The son of God was once inside the belly of a woman. Crazy!

Here is a slide show of some of my favorite shots.

Photo Shoot: Urban

Every day I drive through the worst part of San Bernardino in order to get to the freeway. Its a city that is run down with old signs and small hole in the wall mexican restaurants. The city is seen by many as ghetto, and its true it is, but even in the ghetto there is hope, inspiration and creativity.

I asked my friend if he would dress up in some dark clothes and be my model as I use this urban city as my backdrop. The interesting thing is that Vincent is a football player and he is from the good part of town. I had to coach him to look mean and tough, haha. 🙂 He did a great job and even had some random women yelling hello to him as we did the shoot.

Here are some locations I see everyday on the way to work.

Capturing the Energy

My friend recently asked if I would do a photo shoot with his pregnant wife and his little girl.  I accepted knowing that I would be able to capture some beautiful moments.  I researched around to see what other photographers were doing with the task of a pregnant woman. And to my surprise all of them were alike.  It seems that every woman wants the Demi Moore photograph. But that wasn’t my style or taste.  I wanted to tell a story of love, to display the beauty of a woman awaiting her new child.  I wanted it to be as real as possible and not “set up”.

I pass by this old church every day to work. Since its been raining a lot here in California this past winter, the grass was green and the sky was blue.  Since film captures color so well, I thought I would try this place out for the photo shoot.  I came across a few different difficulties.  First, by the time everyone was ready the sun was now bright and harsh.  Second, the wind.  With these elements I had to adjust and use it to my advantage. Another was the energy of the little girl.  She didn’t want to stay still, so I told her to play.  The photos of her playing and being her self ended up being some of my favorites.

As for the young mom, she was great. She took direction great, not feeling awkward with the camera.  Instead she pretended I wasn’t even there, which I love.  It’s then I can really do my best, I can now observe and capture love.

Expecting Mother with daughter
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