Tamara and Africa

Tamara as a drummerOn Saturday May 26th I invited a local aspiring model, Tamara, and a make-up artist, Toby, to create some images with an African theme. It was Tamara’s first time doing studio modeling, although she had done runway before. She came with Kris, her boyfriend, a really nice guy and a terrific designer. We all enjoyed the collaboration and we ended creating some pretty cool shots. You can see them here. Tamara and Toby have portfolios on ModelMayhem.com – cool site where photographers, models, MUA’s and other professionals network and have fun.

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My mother

My mother, May 2007 Last week my mother came from Spain to visit. She’s in her late 60’s and lives in Seville, Spain. She was very excited to return to the US to spend some time with her two grandchildren. My plan is to take several images of her, alone and also with the kids. She was kind enough to help me test some lighting ideas a couple of nights ago; most of the pictures weren’t that good because I was experimenting. At the very end of the session I took this image where she looks natural and beautiful. The original image has a bold warm red background, which I was testing for a shoot this Saturday with an African theme. I decided to convert to B&W and use a Platinum toning effect to add more elegance and simplicity to the image.

My studio

In case you’re wondering where I create my studio images, here is a picture of my garage converted temporarily into a studio. You can see seamless gray paper as well as a couple of lights. I normally use no more than three lights at the same time. The big white board on the left is a 4×8 foam core board that I use as a reflector. It takes me a while to set-up and tear-down, but I have enough space in the garage to do what I like to do. The only problem is that it’s not air-conditioned, so I am still wondering how I am going to work during the summer. Perhaps I will shoot on location more!

Pablo’s jump for the camera

Pablo jumping

Children are unpredictable, and they can jump! Here is a picture of my son Pablo in my home studio. He was really enjoying posing and going a little crazy in front of the camera. It wasn’t until I saw this picture that I realize how high he was jumping! I’ve got a long way to go before I can approach Lois Greenfield, but it’s a start! 🙂 Pablo is going to be a wonderful model!

Stella’s portrait project completed!

 I have been working on the final project for my Portrait Photography course at the community college.  After changing direction a couple of times, I settled on doing a studio portfolio of my wife Stella.  I had originally planned to do more of a documentary, “lifestyle” collection of images, but we both enjoyed working in the studio and being creative with lights and clothing, so that’s what we ended up doing.   I have attached here a compcard that will take you to the images on my website.  I’d be interested in your feedback, especially your favorite image!