Tradiciones 2020 – Ballet Folklórico South Texas College

I have seen and photographed quite a few of these Folklórico events for the Ballet Folklórico South Texas College group and every year they keep getting better and better. This year’s was amazing to say the least. I enjoy having the photographer’s perspective at these events because we get to capture the behind the scenes along with the performances. In January we purchased new cameras; the Fujifilm XT-3 and Fujifilm XH1, which were the two cameras used to document this performance. Having new cameras made it a bit challenging but I embrace a good photography challenge. Here are a few shots I thought were very nice to share.

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Isreal Cavazos – Performer Portraits – McAllen, Texas

A while back we took these amazing artist portraits of my best friend Israel Cavazos at my home studio. Sara and I rented a Fujifilm XT-3 with a 18-55 kit lens for a week and we decided to test it out for this photo shoot!

My friend has always been into performing and entertaining so he wanted to take some photos with his new outfits and props! These are our favorite shots from this shoot! 02.16.19_HighRes_Israel Cavazos_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-0155_WEB02.16.19_HighRes_Israel Cavazos_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-0219_WEB02.16.19_HighRes_Israel Cavazos_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-0369_WEB02.16.19_HighRes_Israel Cavazos_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-0458_WEB02.16.19_HighRes_Israel Cavazos_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-0531_WEB02.16.19_HighRes_Israel Cavazos_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-0575_WEB02.16.19_HighRes_Israel Cavazos_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-0620_WEB02.16.19_HighRes_Israel Cavazos_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-0962_WEB02.16.19_HighRes_Israel Cavazos_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-1037_WEB

 

 

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Accidental Portraits – Ben Briones Studios 

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.