The Blog Life
It's always extremely gratifying to capture those special moments for my clients. I am like a fly on the wall, discretely capturing the day as it unfolds.
I drive by this place quite often since I have family in the Central Valley and it never fails to deliver something.
No matter how many times one goes to Yosemite, the spectacular views will always leave you in awe.
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep." Robert Frost
It is always hard to decide on whether to keep the image in color or to go with the classic black and white.
Sometimes photography takes an unexpected turn and I am totally ok with that. I began to edit this shot and I was really pleased with the lighting and her pose but after some experimenting, I think the oil canvas effect really brings life to the piece; it makes her art.
While running a search for recent images to edit, I came across a couple of old files that I had snapped while working with a friend of mine months ago. I was pleased with the results after some editing in Photoshop.
We snapped these in the studio with a single strobe and a beauty dish. The camera used was a Canon 7D with a 30MM Sigma.
I love finding little gems that I somehow overlooked the first time.
There is nothing more fun than shooting with natural light.
There is nothing more rewarding than completing a personal project. This is definitely a project that I'm pretty content with minus the presence of me onscreen, haha. Overall, the shots worked out pretty well and I think the story is clear or clear enough. I think more could have been done but with limited resources and time, this is what we ended up with.
Last week I had the opportunity to film with Porsche once again. Good people, hot cars - what more can you ask for?
The new Porsche Macan 2015 - the unveiling!
It's always nice when natural light presents itself and a camera is handy.
A sunday afternoon shoot. It's always fun working with natural light.
I was arriving home from a shoot when I came across this little spectacle occurring. You just never know when a photo opportunity is going to pop up!
I got the opportunity to assist Dave and Lindsay Orr with Paperweight Films again These two are awesome at what they do!
The task at hand was to capture a small, intimate concert at a clothing shop in the city. I'm looking forward to seeing the final product!
I took care of the slider action!
With each shoot, I continue learning more about filming in a very efficient manner. For a recent short film project, my camera partner and I wrote down each of the files or scenes we liked most so that we had an easier time in post.
Now, as an editor, you must review all of the footage cause you never know what you will find but if you have a deadline, the referencing of the good files makes the post process go by so much faster.
The final edit is coming soon!
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of working with the company WePay. I started using their service over a year ago and while my business is one that fluctuates from month to month, I slowly began sending my clients invoices via WePay. I really liked using their service cause of how easy it was to send an invoice and none of my clients experienced any issues paying the bill - always a perk for a business owner :).
Well recently they had a big event at their office and I was asked to come onsite to chat with Bill (CEO) in front of the entire company about my experiences with WePay. It was a bit nerve wracking but overall, the WePay team is an awesome crowd! I was also asked to capture some images and video while there.
Now I'm in the process of putting together a short video from the footage I captured. The final copy is coming soon!
A couple of weeks back I was contacted by this rad girl, Andrea De Francisco. She had come across my posting offering Kickstarter video production on Craigslist. The funny thing was that I had a project already scheduled for the Monday she needed to shoot but luckily for her, the client I had scheduled to shoot with ended up flaking. Serendipity or maybe you can just chalk it up to coincidence.
We agreed to start shooting at 6:30 AM, yep...we're both early birds and you know what they say, the early bird needs a lot of coffee or some sort of energy supplement to get through the day. That's a saying, right??? We met at her old place of employment, The Grind located in the awesome Lower Haight district in San Francisco, CA. She was easy to direct, open to ideas and just overall, a very cool person to work with.
From there we hit the location of her future cafe located at 3438 Mission Street in the beautiful Mission district of San Francisco, CA. We shot there for a few minutes and then headed to Dolores Park. The sun was shining and the 420 party goers from days before had left a nice mess but we made do.
The result was this final video that Andrea will be using to kick off her Kickstarter campaign. It's always a pleasure to work with ambitious people that have made up their mind to chase down their dream. These people make my work fun and I leave even more inspired to continue with my pursuit for my own dream!
During yesterday's shoot, I had my DR-40 and Azden Boom Mic all ready to go. Right before we began looking for people to interview, the signal suddenly went dead. I wasn't capturing any sound! I was about to panic and dart off screaming in frustration but then I remembered that I had brought along my Rode Shotgun microphone as a backup.
It's these kind of moments that remind me just how important it is to show up prepared to every shoot! You never know what can go wrong, so if you have a backup, it's good to bring it along!
This year I have given myself the challenge of raising the bar. I'm notorious for getting comfortable with a certain groove and sticking with it, so I took on a music video project. The storyboard has been created and the musical duo has approved it. At thits point, it's a go!
I will have the pleasure of creating a beautiful visual for the group
The concept will be driven by tight framed shots, beautiful costumes and fancy post production techniques. The song that will be featured is a cover of After The Rain originally by Little Dragon.
I'm looking forward to creating something that elevates my level of work.