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.
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.
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.
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.
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.