Lexus Luminaries with Latino Leaders Magazine

Latino Leaders Magazine commissioned me to shoot an advertorial for Lexus to be featured in the February/March Edition. Here’s a quick look behind the scenes. My two subjects for that day were Javier Herrera and his 2013 Lexus es300h. Javier is a attorney at The Herrera Law Firm here in San Antonio. Mr. Herrera and I met near the Eilan Hotel & Spa for the shoot. The first pic was taken with my phone (Galaxy S4), it shows my strobes and camera placement.

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 Several shots were submitted and this one was chosen. (Unedited)

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This (below) shot is all most finished and has been edited. Parking lines removed, the wall behind the car has been cleaned up and I removed the license plate.

The Finished Image

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In Print

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Arcadio Muniz’s Eighth Gen Accord Coupe with Ms. JMartinez

When I met Arcadio last summer his stunning Accord Coupe was immediately placed on my too shoot list. He and I stayed in contact discussing ideas for a shoot. I saw he had gotten his car painted or “dipped” I knew it was time. Thank you Nik Soupe for use of the DOPE location and thanks goes to the beautiful and talented Jeanette Martinez for taking this shoot to the next level.

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Melissa & Chris Engagement

What’s the best gift you can give your brother and future sister-in-law? You pay me to photograph there engagement pictures. Melissa & Chris decided to make San Pedro Springs park one of the locations for their shoot. San Pedro park was declared a city park in 1852 making it the oldest park in the state. They chose Hays Street bridge for the second location. This was my first time visiting both. Here are a few shots from their session.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

Precision isn’t just a word. For the designers of the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray it was a mantra. World class engineers started from scratch to build a revolutionary lightweight vehicle with the aesthetic impact and the performance prowess worthy of the Stingray emblem – Chevrolet 

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Undercover Dodge Ram

I was contacted by a out of state truck accessory company in November and asked to photograph a custom truck in my area. After the details were hashed, the shoot was scheduled for the 1st of December. That date came and went due to the rapidly changing Texas weather. We finally were able to meet and complete the shoot mid December and i’m happy to say it went well (as I expected).

I remember feeling satisfied, reviewing pics while as we drove from Kerrville to San Antonio. I had no idea then but, this shoot was extremely significant. This shoot reignited my passion for Automotive photography, influenced recent gear purchases and modified my business model. I’d like to thank all those who helped make this shoot happen. Please click the pic below to see a few more.

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Jonathan Kernen’s 240sx

Last summer I was new to San Antonio’s car scene and was on the hunt for another Southrnfresh feature. I heard local car crew Squirrel Squad was having their 2nd annual bbq/meet. And some of San Antonio’s best cars would be there. The day of the meet the parking lot quickly filled to capacity. The meet had a mixture of cars however Jonathan Kernen’s iconic 1993 Nissan 240 was the diamond in the rough. Jonathan took home the best of show award. I came away knowing what would be my next automotive shoot.

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San Antonio Zombie Walk 2013

I was new to San Antonio last October and knew nothing of the Zombie Walk. After seeing pictures online I knew I wouldn’t be missing it this year. Thank you to those who allowed me to photograph them. If you are interested in purchasing your pic or booking a session email me and dont forget to like me on Facebook

Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photowalk

I’ve attended the World Wide Photowalk every year since it was started. When I saw the 6th annual walk was was announced I knew I would be there. A photowalk for those who don’t know is a walk in a predetermined area where you step, stop, click and repeat. There are no rules to what or how you capture it, so feel free to shoot as you like. When the walk is over participants usually retreat to find food, review pictures and or course talk about photography. I found myself doing more talking than shooting. Here are a few more of my shots. Click Here 

KaDarian Is Beaded Upp!

I’m always ready to shoot so when I was asked to take a few shots for a up and coming jewelry line, I wasted no time. One lens, One speedlight and one umbrella is all I needed. Thanks goes out to KaDarian for being a top notch aspiring model and Sharonda Hobdy for the opportunity. Sharonda’s handmade jewelry can be found here www.facebook.com/beadedupp #BeadedUpp

 

 

Brittany & Tyler Engagement

When I want to make my new surroundings feel more like home my camera is all I need. Meet Brittany & Tyler they have the honor of being my FIRST official engagement couple since my move and I had the honor of being chosen to capture these early moments in their lives together. I enjoyed the session and the antics (Tyler) thanks again for choosing me. We ventured out just North of San Antonio to Bourne, Texas (…ahem…They need to hire me as their photographer) also known as the Hill Country for our first round of shots.

Downtown San Antonio Texas

I decided on using downtown as the location for day 2 of our session. Brittany & Tyler are both native to San Antonio so the city is their stomping ground and I knew its familiarity would put them at ease. We casually wandered into Hemisfair Park with no direct destination in mind. Brittany & Tyler led the way and I followed (In third wheel mode) occasionally getting their attention for shots. We hit the River Walk and ended the day in La villita.

 

Nitro Jam San Antonio Texas

Nitro Jam rolled into San Antonio last weekend bringing with it the sights, the sounds, the smells and the best of the IHRA. This was my first visit to San Antonio Raceway and I have to say it’s the perfect venue for this event. I thought the venue had plenty of parking, good lighting and great seats so everyone sees the on track action made it one of the best tracks I’ve ever attended. Here are a few pics of the weekend festivities.

 

New Toy New Journey

When your passionate about something it shows in everything you do. When your doing it, you feel your best and when your not your subconsciously thinking about it.

 “You don’t know where you’re going til you know where you’ve been”. I can tell you that I started this journey with photography exactly 7 years ago. I could also tell you that photography has always been a part of me. I remember having a polaroid as a kid and as I grew, so did my cameras. I can remember not having a camera at one time and I ended up winning the top prize, a Canon S3 in a raffle that I predicted i’d win. I only spend $2 bucks on tickets, It seems like fate wouldn’t have had it any other way :-) 

With all the pics i’ve taken, edited and deleted theres a missing part in my journey…or should I say…was missing. I’ve always been in awe of film photography. Film is that raw end of photography. There’s no chimping to see if the shot is exposed correctly or if its sharp, no live view, no uber informative viewfinder to help you get it right. Now, I’m suppose to tell you the other side right? I’m suppose to tell you the advantages of shooting film. I can’t tell you anything about it because i’ve never shot film. Welp… I couldn’t begin to tell you if there are any advantages. What I can tell you is that there are people out there, lets call them purest that have always shot film and have no intentions of leaving it. There are some that shot film, went digital and have come back to film and there are the ones like me that want to see if my digital being can cut it in that analog world.
My journey hasn’t come to a fork in the road, theres no right or left to make. My journey now has a new avenue of unexplored road that I must travel. I will be traveling this road behind a Nikon Fe2. The Fe2 is a semi professional 35mm single lens reflex camera that was manufactured in Japan from 1983 to 1987. I can not wait to get a roll of film in this thing. I was lucky enough to get the mb-10 grip and two third party lenses. This camera has got me so amped that it inspired this post and a few pics.

 

 

Downtown San Antonio Texas

San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the United States of America and the second most populous city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1.3 million. This city boast some big population numbers but, somehow it’s able to produce a small town feel. This shot was taken from the roof top of the Drury Inn. Its a HDR (High Dynamic Range) shot made up of 7 pics. If you live in or near San Antonio and are interested in having pictures taken contact ME!

The Georgia Aquarium

Way back in 2001 the announcement for a gift to the city was announced. This gift was to be something that encouraged education as well as economic growth. With the game plan in hand and sizable donations received from key Atlanta citizens and corporations what we now know as The Georgia Aquarium was opened debit free to the general public on Nov 23, 2005. This was our first visit and I have to say, it’s hard to find anyone in Atlanta that hasn’t been. I have to tell you, no matter what you’ve heard it still has to be viewed first hand. I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that you walk into this building in downtown Atlanta, Georgia and are transported underwater and inside the habitats of over 100,000 fish and other sea creatures. Here are just a few pics from a place that I’d have to photograph for a week to be completely satisfied. Hope you enjoy them. 

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Dub Show Tour featuring Snoop Dog & B.O.B

The Dub Show Tour rolled through Atlanta this weekend, bringing with it the Boost Mobile Concert Series. Headlining the event was the one and only Snoop Dog or Snoop Lion as he likes to be called since a trip to the islands. With the crowd chanting his name (Snoooop Doooooogg, Snoooop Dooooooogg) the hip hop legend made his casual arrival onto stage as if he was simply walking from his den to his living room. Soon after The Dogg Father began his first song the crowd erupted again when some familiar faces appeared. Grammy nominated singer-song writer, rapper, record producer Bobby Ray Simmons aka B.O.B also performed.

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Carlos & Faryal Impromptu Photoshoot

While shooting a automotive feature for Southrnfresh.com I decided to turn my attention to some friends that were having too good of a time chillin. As soon as I aimed I got the usual NO! Noooo! don’t take my picture but, I managed to calm them down and explain to them that they were in good hands. Here’s the outcome. Faryal also shoots Nikon and has a D5000. I began discussing the advantages of shooting at f1.8 and informed her that similar effects could be accomplished with the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 AF-D which could be purchased for just over $100.00.

2012 Atlanta RedBull Soapbox Derby

 

What would you expect from a race that uses the tag like “Where fast is good – Outrageous is even better”? Fun, Entertaining , Hilarity, Unique, Outrageous, Mayhem, Carnage, are some of the words that come to mind. The Red Bull Soapbox Derby is a national race for amateur drivers, which is fueled by creativity and competitive fun. The last time the derby came to town was 2009, we attend (Cameras In Hand) along with 48,500 of our fellow Atliens to watch 39 human powered crafts race down 10th street. The pics from that day were nothing to write home about because a good number of that forty eight thousand arrived before we did and all the good spots along the raceway were taken :( Fast forward to 2012 were back and WE WERE READY! We secured media passes for the event and wouldn’t be denied. Here are a few of the many moments from that day.

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Libyan Freedom

While shooting, we walked down to the CNN Center to find a group of protesters attempting to gain support for the call to remove the Libyan ruler, Muammar al-Gaddafi.

“The 2011 Libyan protests are ongoing mass protests in the North African state of Libya against the government of the ruling Muammar al-Gaddafi. The unrest began on February 15th and continues to the present. Media outlets have reported the unrest as being inspired by the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, connecting these protests with the wider Arab world protests. It has been reported that up to 104 people have been killed in clashes with pro-government groups and the country’s secret police.”


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