Category Archives: People photography

Twilight time

Twilight time is one of my favorite moments for shooting, Just before the sun sets. This golden hour is turning the sky into a huge, very low-key softbox and when the sun is low enough I get these few moments of light I really like.

Twilight time

Tech kids

While shooting portraits of her mom, this sweet 5-year-old wanted some camera attention. As soon as her Mom left to change for the next set, I asked her to come up to the set and pretend she’s Mommy, she knew exactly what to do.Tech girl

 

After a few smiles to the camera she was drawn into the computer and didn’t mind the camera anymore.

Tech girl

Climbing trees and playing outdoors were my favorite activities when I was this kid’s age, My fascination with computers started when I was well into my 20’s. For the last 10 years I build and keep up all my computers and love doing that.

I didn’t find computers very practical for myself untill Photoshop 3 came out. Looking at these images made me think whose childhood is more fulfilling, the tree climbers or the tech kids? I don’t have an answer for that.

Exploration in portraiture

Alice O’Kieffe portraitI was asked to shoot a portrait of Alice O’Kieffe, a writer, in her home in Southern California. I initially thought of a “writer at work” setup. Looking at the yard and considering the natural indirect light, we set up a writing area outside, where the natural light was hitting the background just right while giving me a well silhouetted subject to light up with my flash unit.

The nature of the connection (or disconnection) between the subject and the camera is what remains forever and defines how the subject connects to anyone who will ever see the image, that is the most important thing that makes an effective portrait and can’t be faked. To find that connection, exploration is very important and since this kind of session doesn’t usually have a predetermined layout, together with adjusting the light, directing, walking around and exploring the subject while shooting helps finding the sought after frame.

While packing up the equipment, I noticed that Alice went and set in another part of the yard where the natural light looked perfect to me, so I shot a few more images, you can see one of my favorites below.

Alice O’Kieffe, Exploration in portraiture

On location

Rafael Moreira

I was shooting Rafael Moreira yesterday, he’s an amazing guitar player, he played with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Paul Stanley and many others, he’s also the leader of “Magnetico”. Downtown LA has some very cool walls to lean on, here’s one of my favorites from that session.

Something about people photography

Birthday Girl

Though directing my subjects is a part of the job, I really find it rewarding to make myself “invisible” and try to catch people when they are not aware. when shooting people who are not professional models/actors, of all ages, I always battle to capture a “not obviously posed image”. I’m not a hunter but it seems to me that shooting like that may be the closest thing to hunting, I try to be a part of the scenery and be aware where my main subjects are at all times, so when an opportunity rises, I’ll notice it and be ready. here’s a sweet girl I shot, on her Tea party style birthday.

Single light photography

Single light photography

Single light photography.

My most valuable learning experience was working as a photographer’s assistant back in the late 80’s, while starting my professional photography career.
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned was using a single light source to set up an atmosphere.

In  nature we have only a single main light source (sun), the human brain is completely happy and can easily make sense of a scene that has a single light direction. practicing this method in the studio helped me advance and master this technique in the studio as well as out on location.

In this shot, You can see Tiffany dancing in front of a single light, In this case it is a window.