I'm a little behind in sharing this but better late than never. So, Dia the Los Muertos is a holiday that is shared in the hispanic community. It's a day we remember our lost family and friends. To remember that even when all life comes to an end. We could find beauty in the most tragic of times. Taking the time to remember someone and share their stories. To my tio Jose and my abuelita Maria. To all my friends that have passed away. I still share your stories and my memories. I love you.
I have recently purchase a Nikonos iii. For those who don't know what it is. Well, it is an underwater 35mm camera. Thats right! It's an underwater film camera. I have never done a shoot underwater, nor would I imagine knowing how to do so. I gave a call to my favorite and most beautiful gal. Push her in the pool. Then just started photographing. 4 hours later and this is what we got.
Also, keep an eye out for my latest series. This will be a collection of underwater series. A collection I been working all summer. Thanks to Carolyn, I now have the experience to create something remarkable.
So, photography could some times be extremely boring. Especially when its the same style of photography over and over. Thats why I have my friends that I could use and abuse. Always surprised how welcoming and open minded they are with my idea. This set wasn't anything too extravagant. I just really wanted to do a Star Wars theme shoot.
Giving you guys a heads up. I am currently working on a underwater series. Although I have tons of material to show. I wont be submitting anything until I have my show.
So like many of you guys know. I am originally from California. It is my hometown and it's place I just can't stay way from. My hometown is La Puente, Ca and and it's a fairly small town. Well small for Southern California. It does have a horrible reputation. Lets just say it falls in the barrio of mix people. Still it is the motherland for my and many more amazing people.
It is home to some of the most talented people I know. Vanessa is one of them. Although we met in social media. Vee is one stunning gal with a lot of woman in here. With such a pleasant personality, you wouldn't of know that she is practicing boxing. So I try to stay on her good side when I visit. Still, I always make it my mission to visit her and do some shooting. Maybe next time I'll be able to photograph her in the gym.
This session was photographed with Kodak Ektar 100 and Ultrafine 400. Enjoy!
So it was a Friday night and I was enjoying a light dinner with Carolyn. At some point during our meal we started discussing artist (like we normally do.) I mentioned one of my favorite photographer, Tanja Lippert. She is an amazing film photographer. Picture perfect in every roll film she uses. Anyways, I mention that I would like to use one of her photograph as an inspiration. Next thing I know, Carolyn said that she is available that Sunday.
Being extremely excited, I agreed to set our shoot on Sunday morning. I ordered my film and started working on the crown. Carolyn had the fun job in thrifting for the outfit. Like any normal shoot, NOTHING FALLS INTO PLACE. The crown kept falling apart. Carolyn couldn't find an outfit that best fit our inspiration. So we just played everything by ear.
We arrived 7:00am at Lake Overholser located in Yukon, OK. The weather couldn't be any more perfect. We both started our hike and set up camp. I used both Ektar 100 and expired Portra 160nc.
This is totally an experimental shoot. I am more than grateful to have someone like Shelly. Not only is she stunning and drop dead gorgeous. I could get her to model for me whenever I need to try something new. Even if I fail on our session, she's still gives her best. Thanks to her I could practice on different styles on film.
Which is the beauty of film. With just one type of film. You cold easily create a new look by pushing and pulling. This set was created with Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak Tmax 100. Both of the film where metered at 3200 and develop at 1600. If this is confusion. I simply pushed my film to a different reading. I made it more sensitive when I develop the roll of film.
Just finish an exciting shoot with this wonderful girl. Nebby was truly a pleasure in working with. Shared lots of laughs and jokes.
Sidnea has been a pleasant person to work with. Luckily when I have an itch to shoot she has been a phone call away. I can't wait to create more work with her in the future. Here are sample shots I did this previous Sunday. All photographs where taken by expired film. I used a Hasselblad 500CM with expired Fuji 160NPS expired 2008. I also used Canon EOS 3 using Kodak Portra 160 NC expired in 2005.
Sidnea is a one of kind type of girl. From the little time I have known her it's been known stop laughter. She's gorgeous and my camera love photographing her. You guys, mostly ladies, really should check her studio if you are looking for a new cut or style. look for her on Facebook.
Well, having the honor of photographing her wedding. I was able to bring her back in front of my camera for another shoot. This time around I took her into the woods and had a little fun exploring around.
Privacy is my biggest concern when it comes to this style of photography. I much rather have the trust and comfort of my client. Than have some extra photographs for a quick update in my portfolio. Exposing someone intimate photographs to the public. Just for a chance to reach more leads for this style.
I have done countless of boudoir session. All of them successfully done and truly inspirational for both end of the party. I honestly think that my strict policy of "privacy comes first!" is what sets me apart from others. That comfort of knowing that each negative is develop in my own darkroom. That each print is printed in the privacy of my own lab. Each web gallery is protect by a secured password. I always end-up getting the best results while photographing.
Now, I wouldn't be able to provide this type of service without providing some-type of portfolio. Thats where Jasmine comes along. She is an amazing supporter when it comes to my photography. I have ask her if I could do a session with her that I could share on my page. Luckily, she said yes!