Posted on October 2, 2020
Guess who got teacher of the month? This beauty here!
When the pandemic hit everyone’s world was turned upside down. The area hit the hardest was in education! School plays such a big roll in society. Schools provide shelter for students, a warm meal, a safe and happy environment. Teachers are America’s unsung hero’s!
Today I want to share this post about the elementary music educator you see in this portrait. Covid-19 took the teacher out of the classroom but never took the teacher out of the fight. When it was decided school was going full virtual Sara did not back down from the challenge.
We transformed our bedroom into her virtual classroom. Sara got herself a cute desk chair combo. We quickly bought her a 2nd monitor screen with articulating arm. She purchased the necessary equipment and accessories to turn our professional camera into a secondary webcam. She was ready!
This teacher stays up until wee hours of the night prepping her virtual classroom, studying and lesson planning, and creating personal audio messages for her students. During the day, because I also work from home, I hear her singing and drumming on her desk, teaching her students music theory in fun ways to elementary kids. Sometimes I hear our bedroom door bust open because she’s running off to a quick bathroom break or cold brew refill as quickly as she can before her next class starts. On top of back-to-back classes she still attends regular morning and after school virtual meetings, often planning the next few weeks or months with her coworkers.
I am very proud of her and I know many of her friends and coworkers are too! Before covid she would tell me that her students would tell her that her music class was their favorite class and till this day she often comes out of our bedroom / classroom happy because she continues to hear the same praise and love from her students.
Sara Yanez, I love you and I am very proud of you! Congrats on being teacher of the Month at John McKeever Elementary PSJA ISD.
Posted on March 26, 2020
Took these beautiful edgy portraits of my friend Hailey mid March in some cool spots downtown Edinburg, Texas. I really have been enjoying my Fujifilm XH1 and this photo shoot really allowed me to explore with it more. I set it up on a bracket mode, but not just any bracket mode. The XT3 and XH1 have a film simulation bracket mode so when you shoot you get 3 different looks plus a raw file. Some of the photos you see here are JPEGs straight out of camera.
For this shoot we used a mix of natural light, reflector and my Flashpoint eVOLV 200 strobe. Hailey is a “seasoned model” because she’s been in a few of my shoots at South Texas College. She did amazing at posing and was very open to our ideas as well. Loved the two outfits she chose. They both went well with the two locations we chose. Here are some of my favorites shots from this photo shoot. If you are looking into taking some fun portraits please fill out the form below.
Posted on March 19, 2020
Yesterday’s [06.10.2009] photoshoot with Alyssa Pena was great. We shot at the abandon[ed] warehouse on North [Highway] 281, one of my favorite places to shoot. We used ambient light, a reflector disc, and [a] speed light. [We were] going for a more natural light shoot with her.
She is light skin so light rolls of her amazingly, plus her is just a great color as well, which gave of a lot of Rembrandt lighting, which always adds to a photo.
Alyssa is a just an over all beauty. Since she has had modeling experience directing her [was easy.] We moved around the [whole] warehouse and used different ambient light sources.
I’d say Things went really well. The only thing about this shoot that sucked, was [that there was a] dead cat and [it stunk up the place.] In all the shoot lasted about [a fun] 2 hrs. This photoshoot is probably my best yet and one of my favorites.
I hope to work with Alyssa more and create a lot of new photos for you all to enjoy.
Assisted by Lori Alaniz. Wanted to show off some of my older work re-edited so you can see what type of work I was doing back in the day. Enjoy!
Posted on November 14, 2019
When I lived in Austin, Texas while attending the University of Texas at Austin I would take walks and search for light. I loved exposing to the available light really capturing true contrast in real life. None of these photos are edited, they are JPEGs straight from my classic Canon 5D. I recently found these photos while backing up file online and I thought it would nice to share them! Enjoy!
Posted on February 12, 2019
Sara and I rented the Fujifilm XT-3 to test it out because we are thinking of buying ourselves a pair. Our first test was with a one light setup with a beauty dish on a pink seamless. Everything was shot in JPEG and we did very minimal editing or none at all one some of the shots.
I had to adjust the camera setting a bit before we starting getting good results. I had to remove the eyepiece live view because I wasn’t able to see the shot because high aperture kept the view dark. I was also having trouble with the focus. I couldn’t tell if the shots were in focus so I setup the eye autofocus to help me. The the last thing I adjusted was the touch screen so I can zoom into the shot and check the sharpness. Those were the only 3 things that I had issues at first before figuring out how to fix them. Great camera for studio photography.
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Posted on April 4, 2017
Yesterday while searching for a set of photos I stumbled upon this cinematic portrait of my friend Maria Dolores Alvarado, which suites her well because Maria is a an actress, playwright, and dancer.
Below you will find a color version of the shot which is the original rendition. I saw some magic in portrait so I decided to take it into photoshop and try salvage it with some heavy editing.
I wonder if other photographers ever find accidental shots are gems and show them off too? I think what stood out most about this shot was the scene. As I mentioned before Maria is a performer so the latter in the background reminded me of a stage being setup and the lighting reminded me of the old black and white noir style film scenes.
It’s crazy how a photographers mind works right? This shot was an accidental shot taken while setting up for Christmas photos back in December.