For this first assignment I shoot from two different cameras, a Nikon F-10 and Canon AE-1. The reason for that was to see which I felt more conformable and would produce better images. In each camera I used the same film roll, a Kodak T-Max 400 ISO B&W professional roll. I decided to use the Nikon camera for my “outdoor event” and the Canon for “free range shooting”, that way I wouldn’t mix up shots.
The “outdoor event” I shot was a skateboarding/rollerblading event in Round Rock, Texas. I tried to shoot wide, close, and far. The event took place around 2p.m. so at this time the lighting was perfect for high shutter speeds and low ƒ-stops. This roll produced thirty-three images, where most are standard shots, and two stood out the most.
On the other roll, I shot at different locations and at different times as well. Going through the contact sheet I saw a lot of frames were over exposed. It could have been that the meeting system on the Canon AE-1 was a ƒ-stop off. From this roll I did enjoy three images.
During Processing and Developing, I learned that it’s not that easy to wrap the film around the reel in pitch black. Which from that may have resulted in ruin strip on my “free range roll”. I think the film touched or did not roll on to it right causing some of the images to get ruined. Although that roll took some damage, I am curious why my other roll did not? Since I used T-Max my development took a bit longer and was more confusing. That event has caused me to try to look for another film type or brand.
When it came time for printing, the worst thing about it was, I was the first one, so I had to set up all the chemicals. This made me a bit nervous because I didn’t want to go wrong with this, because then everyone else’s work could be ruined if I messed something up. But in the end it went well. Before printing, I had asked Ray for some tips, which he gave me, soon after I took on the task myself and was successful after 5hrs.
Over the assignment went well as a learning process. I shot two rolls successfully, processed them semi successfully, and printed them well. I learned that it takes patience to shoot film but he overall result of processing and printing your own photographs is worth the wait.
Grad sessions can be creative, fun, and formal all at the same time! When I shot Ashley’s grad photos at The University of Texas at Austin, I knew there would be a ton of great locations or backdrops to make good photos but how to use those spaces creatively was up to me.
I always recommend my grad clients to bring their regalia and 1 to 2 outfits to get them in different looks. Ashley decided on her cap and gown with one nice dress. So outfits are part of the creative part of the shoot. Lighting is the second way you can make the photo shoot more creative and as you can see in these 6 photos I used lighting pretty differently giving each image a different feel. I used both ambient and studio lighting.
Posing your client in fun and creative poses can make for fun photos. I sometimes ask my clients to spin or jump creating movement a sense of movement in your shots. You can also tilt your camera in odd positions for cool perspectives. What creates the most fun photo for a client is when you allow them to be themselves. Most people have their own silly way of being unique and when you can capture that you’ll have great pics. FORMAL
Grad photos can be a little serious too. These are big milestones for many people and sometimes these moments call for formal portraits. In grad photos that means full regalia or formal outfit. In these photos we shot formal pictures in both outfits.
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Loved this little session with my friend Sara and her beautiful daughter. Loved what they wore to the shoot, went really well with the colors of our backgrounds, These are my favorite moment from these mother day portraits. Enjoy!
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Last year I setup a 3-day Mommy + Me Mother’s Day Portraits at my home studio and we got to photograph a lot of beautiful mothers with their kids. This specific one was of my good friend Edna and her boy. I really love the energy in these photos. She really has a beautify dynamic with her son and they’re always so fashionable. Edna is a great example of an amazing hardworking mother because not only does she take that duty to heart she too is getting a 2nd masters at UTRGV in Physician Assistant Studies. She has a strong faith and is really a great person overall. Happy Mother’s Day Edna.
Hope everyone had a beautiful mother’s day during this COVID-19 craziness. Hopefully next year we can do another set of sessions like these! Enjoy!
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Lately I have been featuring a ton of my older work. As a photographer, if you are persistent, your photography skills will grow as well. I love going back and looking at my stuff shot back in the day when my love for photography was blossoming into what it has become of it now and comparing it to my newest work. You will see the difference in technique and style. Some of it has to do with you now having better equipment but some can just be artistic direction. Here is a quick fun shoot I did with my friend Laura at UTPA back in 2008. Below you will see my “contact sheet” to see how many photos I took to get “the shots”. I believe I shot this with my Canon 5D (the original). Enjoy!
Back in my college days at The University of Texas at Austin I spent most of my days in the darkroom with my classmates. For those who have shot 35mm film and had to go through the whole process of processing film; you can also vouch that it’s frustrating as hell but extremely rewarding.
UT-Austin classmates Thomas Allison and Callie Hernandez
I took these photos during our finals. Everyone was frustrated and annoyed of having to spend our whole day developing and printing our film photos. I wanted to capture the ambience of the day since it was going to be the last days of class. Seen in the photo was my UT-Austin classmates Thomas Allison and Callie Hernandez. Both classmates have gone out to do great thing with their lives. Thomas is a great independent photographer for various companies and Callie is now a Hollywood star. UT-austin was filled with such talented people.
Moody College of Communication Darkroom
Moody College of Communication Darkroom
Honestly I enjoyed being stuck in there. I never felt more of a photographer until I shoot 35mm film, developed it and printed it. So for me being in the darkroom was kind of like a escape from the rest of academic responsibilities. I hated the smell of the chemicals but loved what they did. It was definitely an experience I will never forget.
UT-Austin Student waiting for film to dry.
Sometimes I miss UT-Austin, most times I don’t and just live the great memories I had looking over photos from that era of my life. This was a random blog but I just wanted to share some random shit about my experience at UT-Austin and include some cool visuals.