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.
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Posted on March 8, 2020
Sometimes you get inspired by the light and the beauty around and have to bust out the camera to capture it all. Shot these photos of my beautiful girlfriend during one of our on/off park walks.
Posted on March 6, 2020
Ysenia and Adrian had a beautiful intimate wedding at the Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport in South McAllen, Texas. The ceremony was conducted by the amazing Terry The Wedding Gal! The ballroom was beautifully decorated topped with two lovely cakes. For the bridal party and formal portraits we stayed inn and took the photos around the hotel lobby, which actually made for great photos! The couple ended the night with fun wedding games and dancing. Check out some of our favorite shots from the wedding!
Photo Credit: Sara Yanez, Xiomara Anzaldua, Ben Briones
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Posted on January 13, 2020
For the past eight years I have been photographing with a Canon 6D I purchased in 2012. That camera has been my workhorse for the majority of my work. I have also used a Nikon D600 and other Canon cameras, both digital and film, that I own. This January we decided it was time to purchase new cameras to use and abuse for another eight years. Say hello to the newest members of our arsenal; Fujifilm XT-3 and Fujifilm XH-1.
Months back we rented the Fujifilm XT-3 for 7-days and honestly, we fell in love with it. Sara and I tested it out on a few shoots. (seen below)
Shooting with a Fujifilm camera is a totally different experience than shooting with a standard DSLR. The Fuji’s are totally hands-on. If you have shot 35mm film photography, switching over to a fujifilm camera will be very familiar. I really fell in love with that aspect; creating a photo from technique and knowledge of your camera operation vs post production. I also love how much smaller they are than the standard DSLR cameras. Also since mirrorless is the “new way” for photography, that’s also a plus. Check out the difference between our 6D and our new Fuji bodies.
2020 looks promising for our studio especially with our new cameras. We already shot our first major wedding with them this past weekend and we are extremely excited to photograph all our upcoming events and photo shoots with the Fujifilm cameras. The cameras have these beautiful film simulations that help produce beautiful images straight out of camera.
We are looking to really utilize those film simulations to ease our workflow and become more efficient in image turnaround. I am really looking forward to carry less gear weight on me. If you have seen me shoot I am usually packed on with a lens belt and drag around a Pelican 1510 but with these smaller form factor bodies we will be hauling less weight, which is a plus for an aging photographer haha. Be on the lookout for our new work, which will mostly be done with our new Fujifilm cameras.
If you have questions about the Fujifilm cameras feel free to ask us!
Posted on April 16, 2019
Cadenas Invisibles is a play by Latino Theatre Initiatives in collaboration with Buffet-McCain Initiative to combat modern slavery. If you would like to them to preform at your event please contact Maria Dolores Alvarado.
Here are some shots from one of their more recent performances the Alton, Texas.
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Posted on February 14, 2019
Yesterday we tested out the Fujifilm XT-3 in an evening outdoor setting and it did very well! We used a combination of ambient light, an eVOLV 200 with a beauty dish and an LED light. Here are my favorite shots from this camera test! Equipment used: Fujifilm XT-3 + 18-55mm 2.8 kit lens.
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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 February 2, 2019
On January 15, 2019, one day before her birthday, I surprised my beautiful girlfriend with a photo shoot at the Wallflower RGV located off Trenton in McAllen, Texas. I had been following the Wallflower RGV for a long time now on Instagram and would chat with the owner here and there. I am super happy I was able to rent this place for Sara’s photo shoot because the photos came out absolutely beautiful.
We rented the spot for one hour and I took plenty of shots but the ones you see here are my favorite shots. The Wallflower RGV has a lot to work with, they have over 10 looks or backdrops you can create great photos with. I highly encourage you to check this place out before it’s gone, as I believe it’s a pop-up studio and won’t be around forever.
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Posted on January 6, 2019
Here are some outtakes from a location scouting shoot. We had a photo shoot scheduled at the McAllen Convention Center for a quince that evening and I wanted to test the lighting, backdrops and angles so when our client showed up it would be super smooth.
I believe location scouting is an important part of a photographer’s job but sadly a lot of photographer don’t do it. It takes extra time to do but saves you a lot of time in the long run because it will make it a better experience for your client that you’re not having to guess where to to take your client and it will make your editing experience much easier.
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Posted on January 2, 2019
Very proud of my Sara for the performance her kids put on at the annual Elementary Choir Holiday Festival for PSJA ISD. She’s such an amazing music teacher and great choir instructor! Here are some fun memories from this event.
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Posted on January 1, 2019
Last photo shoot of 2018 with my number one model, my Sara Pie! Sara and I have been vacationing in Waco, Texas for a few days but it has been cold and rainy but today the weather was nice so we took advantage and had a photo shoot with our Nikon D600 and 50mm 1.8 lens. We shot all natural light at this beautiful historic bridge in Waco, Texas. These are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy and happy new year!
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Posted on August 25, 2018
Understanding exposure is important when learning photography. A few weekends ago Sara and I went to the McAllen Convention Center so that she could practice photography. So that the lessons could be as accurate as possible we had the same camera setup; Canon 60D with the Canon EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. We also used a Sekonic L-308s Lightmeter to try to get realistic exposures.
The lesson was to understand how Shutter Speed, f-Stop and ISO work together to take a picture. We went through how each one works and what it’s used for and then we began practicing in different areas around the Convention Center. On the photos below you can see the settings and a small description of what we were trying to achieve.
I have been giving photography lessons for over 4-years now but don’t really advertise it. I like to think that some of photographer’s I have hired and worked with learned from me but who knows haha. Currently I have 3 students this year who I meet with to give lessons to. Each student is a different level in their photography so I always try to provide unique lessons for what they seek to learn or improve on.
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Posted on May 6, 2018
Fun Cinco De May photo shoot with the gorgeous Sara Yanez Enjoy!
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Posted on April 15, 2018
Posted on March 15, 2018
Yesterday Sara Yanez strutted into our photo studio we have at Grindstone Coworking and demanded a portrait because she was wearing a new black dress she recently bought! She was lucky I had my camera ready to go because I had just finished documenting some events at Games of Texas in the morning. Okay maybe even if I didn’t have my camera ready I think I still would of prepared the gear. I mean just look at this portrait… isn’t she just gorgeous? When Sara and I first met I would always take portraits of her and I think its time I start that backup again!
There is something beautiful about photographing your significant other. There are so many photographers who actually never show their girlfriend or wife off and that’s a little strange to me. I try my best to show Sara off when the opportunity arises. It also helps that she is drop-dead gorgeous and has amazing style. Men I say you bring your girl to our studio and have Sara and I conduct a beauty portrait session for y’all.
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