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Spaghetti & Sensory

Child Psychologists suggest that sensory play is a crucial component in early childhood development. As adults we are well aware of the senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing but can we actually recall at what age we discovered that soap is completely different than a candy bar. The answer in most cases is, No. Children need sensory activities to facilitate and encourage them to use scientific processes while they explore this world. Allowing children to participate in sensory activities enables them to stimulate their senses and develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively. Thus it is crucial that every child experience sensory integration activities early.
On this day, it was Baby Mason’s first sensory experience with spaghetti. As he began to slowly take his chances on the taste of spaghetti, it was obvious that one of two options were looming, the complete dissatisfaction and the abandonment of spaghetti forever or the absolute spaghetti onslaught. I was quite compelled to see what the future for this bowl of spaghetti would be. He soon dug his baby hands into the bowl and indulged. Noodle-by-noodle he slurped his way through the bowl allowing for quite some memorable photo’s to be captured from this sensory experience. To say the least, Mason’s senses were stimulated as his experience with Spaghetti & Sensory came to a filling end.

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Possibly the most important question in the sanctity of LOVE, “Will you marry me?” is identified as the culminating moment when an individual confesses their willingness to spend eternity with the love of their life. On this day I had the opportunity to capture the moment all relationships at one point or another lead up to. Popping the question makes many men anxious but not this day. Confidence played a vital role in how magnificently the question was delivered. The “yes” followed soon enough and that moment was now embedded into the memories of these two love birds as they continue their journey through life together. As the photographer I had to restrain myself from jumping for joy as the acknowledgement was whispered with such heartfelt warmth. Capturing each moment is vital, but what is far more significant is to tell the story of this couple’s love for one another. Their love shined bright and glistened vividly challenging the rays of the sun. It was apparent that this moment was theirs to take and eternally cherish.

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All the Leaves were brown on this fall day when Baby Alexander gave us a reason to gaze into his adorable eyes as he counted down the days till he was 1. Turning 1 is a big deal for every infant as this is the time they begin to walk, talk, and zip around. Before the big hoorah, it was vital that I capture the essence of fall. As we know fall brings the holiday season full swing. As such it was only fitting to capture details pertaining to the fall season and holidays. Brown leaves, apples, Halloween pumpkins, and Thanksgiving Indians. The natural sun setting beyond the trees was the cherry on top to allow for a warmer tone. The warm tone accentuated the colors of fall. After the fall shoot, the time had come for Baby Alexander to demolish his cake. Fortunately for table manners, Alexander politely ate the cake with his index finger and thumb. He ate the cake in gracious manner at first but once the flavor of sugar sparked his taste buds, he dug right in which resulted in a successful smash the cake session full of laughter, fun, and a sugary mess.

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Film School Habits Die Hard

Sketching is an artist’s way of presenting his/her thoughts, ideas, and inspiration on paper. When it comes to a photo shoot, I find it best to scribble abstracts on how I’d like the photo to look like prior to going on scene. Much like storyboards in film, pre-shoot sketches conceptualize three vital elements that provide the photographer a visualization of the scene, subject, and composition. The scene comprises of everything in the foreground, center, and background of the subject. The scene includes all things natural and unnatural that corresponds with the photo shoot and subject. The subject or main subject is the reason for the photo shoot. The adorable baby, the romantic couple, or the composed model are all examples of the main subject. The composition or framing is the type of shot you’re looking to get out of each set-up. The most common framing techniques used in photography are the rule of third’s, empty space, and simplicity. Some photographers capture an image and adjust framing in post-production while others take their time to adjust each as they shoot. There is no right and wrong way to compose an image. Personally I find it more effective to adjust framing during the shoot which allows me to have a variety of photo’s to choose from in post-production. If you think about it, sketching is like preparing for what’s to come. Sketching in photography or electronic arts is similar to a grocery list, financial planning, and life in the sense that you make a sketch of what you want to accomplish prior to beginning your journey instead of diving head first without any sense of direction. As an old habit from film school, I have realized sketching is definitely a habit worth keeping.

Food For Your Mood – Part I.

Immensely impactful, abundantly vibrant, and utterly delectable are a few adjectives used to describe a daily necessity that stimulates your five senses to the core. I’m talking about food. Not just any food. Food that tantalizes your pupils with liveliness, crackles through your ear passage infinitely, engulfs your nostrils aromatically, and bewitches your hands till you cannot hold back any longer. Sure, you may think that it is impossible for all those senses to be coupled into one epic moment, but I assure you that you have experienced it subliminally at one point or another when feasting on food and looking up to the heavens above and mentioning “oh my gah” while food is still in your mouth. As beings we enjoy indulging in food and we initially do so with our eyes. Think back to the last time where your entrée was arriving from afar and your eyes tracked the floating plate similar to a lion hunting a delicate gazelle in Sub-Saharan Africa. We enjoy gawking at food as much as we do consuming it. That is why many individuals enjoy food photography. Food photography allows you to be inspired, to crave, and satisfy that craving with minimal effort. The only key ingredient food photography needs is the audience it seeks to satisfy. That is where you come in. Enjoy the photo blog series so aptly named Food for your Mood.

A San Francisco Treat

After a recent visit to San Francisco, I discovered that Rice-a-Roni is not the only San Francisco Treat. From the immensely different districts to the various dining options San Francisco has to offer, you might get lost trying to figure out just what to do next. It was my first time visiting Frisco and I quickly learned that no matter where you are, when there are sights to see, time is your enemy. Quickly mapping our getaway we visited the most distinguished places of interest and took the recommendations of fellow San Franciscans on where to go next. Dining was predetermined, as it was one of our priorities to visit the suggested eateries. As a photographer, I am always searching for different perspectives to capture a memory. This way, my photos are vastly different than anything I have taken before. I love to shoot angles and in odd positions that many believe to be unnecessary. An example of this was when I was shooting the St. Peter’s and Paul Church in Washington Square. Getting down on my knees and leaning in-between two tightly parked cars was not mandatory when it came to getting a shot of the cathedral, but it was the extra effort that made the photo and memory special. All-in-all, San Francisco stays true to its distinct character, flavor, and beauty. As a city, San Francisco serves as a treat for all sightseers and visitors alike while providing a cozy environment for those that call this renowned city home.

2014 I Do! Bridal Event

Wedding season is in full swing, and what better way to get a taste of the glitz and glamor then to have the opportunity to have shot the I Do! Bridal Event by Fancy That! Events, at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, California. It was a day similar to kindergarten show-and-tell, as the exuberant vendors showcased their artistry. It was vital to capture the detail that had gone into making each vendor’s booth extravagant and individually special. The finesse transcended from the beautiful wedding gowns to the tiered wedding cakes. The Floral’s bloomed vibrantly as guests filled the ballroom. Soon enough the fashion show was underway as the gorgeous Lovella Bridal models strutted down the runway with their Spray LA glow, showcasing the magnificent wedding gowns, garters, veil’s, and more. Such dedication and compassion was exuded by all the vendors that day as It was a true pleasure to be part of such a spectacular event.

For more photos of the event, please visit the Bridal Events Section on the Photography Page.

It’s the little things, the “why” that counts

Far too often are photographers asked questions regarding how the photo was taken, what camera or lens was used, and so forth. What I have come to notice is that although the camera and lens play a large role in how the photo looks, it is in essence the “why?” factor we disregard or fail to ask. What I mean by the “why?” factor is the question, “Why was the image taken this way?”, “Why did we want to evoke a certain emotion?”, “Why, oh why?” The key to truly discovering the art behind a photo is asking a photographer “why?” Many will say, it’s because of the vision they were trying to portray or due to the availability of resources they had. Whatever the case may be, the answer is never “Because the client wanted it that way.” If it is, then all the photographer has provided is his/her photo taking capabilities and the clients requests to take some photos on a scheduled day, end of story. This rarely happens in the industry when employing a photographer with experience and a natural talent for producing impeccable photos. A client hires a photographer due to the appeal of the photographers past photo’s and artistry. A photographers duty to the client is to put the same love, care, and commitment into producing an image that sets it apart from those that preceded it. “Why” enables us to understand the what, how, where, and when a photo was taken, as it answers the fundamental reasoning behind the photos inception. All-in-all, whether the photo is of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich or the Acropolis, it’s usually the little things, the “why” that counts.

 

My Very First Photo Blog

As my very first photo blog, I find it appropriate to discuss how my curiosity in photography developed into a hobby and how my hobby developed into a business. I was always amused at what my father was looking at when he looked through the lens of his now vintage Nikon. Soon, I was old enough to have some hands on experience. Needless to say I thought to myself that what he was looking at was nothing extraordinary. It was simply what was on the other side of the lens. It was only until my late teens that I understood how a simple image that is captured through the lens can be manipulated to inspire sentiments. This led me to further my knowledge in photography and videography and develop a hobby, or as many refer to it, a passion for film and photography. After many shoots, travels, and Instagram postings it was fitting that I start a production company that would tell a different story, one that is vastly different from when I first looked inside the lens of my father’s Nikon.