Deadlines looming, still shooting

We’re winding down to the last two weeks; deadlines are fast approaching.  Patti Silverstein will review our images tomorrow and pick the strongest ones.  Next Tuesday chosen images must be printed and matted to be hung in the gallery.  The following Tuesday the portfolio, business cards, and promo piece are due.  “I’m doing my best.  I’m getting through this, I’m in school to learn”!

Below are recent candidates for portfolio.  Adan Alonso introduced me to John Marini, owner of Marini Music in Alhambra.  I’m SO glad he did.  As fate would have it a professional photographer (now drummer) was in the shop who was kind enough to assist me and give me portrait tips.  God is good!

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I can always count on DJ Warapo for a photo shoot.  I even have full access to my favorite artist, Alexander Abreu, at a concert Warapo is promoting.  ❤️

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After critique of prior Amtrak engineer shot I decided to submit another shot from the session.  We’ll see how that goes. 😊

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May’s additions

UGH, school!  I’m in school to learn, not to be persecuted.  (I have to remind myself.)  So to be totally transparent and so I won’t forget, when shooting environmental portraits:

1. Declutter your set.  Unless it contributes to the story, get rid of it.

2. Establish separation between the subject and the background either with depth of field, lighting, composition or something.

3. Employ standard portrait techniques, e.g. Place subjects head against uncluttered area (try that one at home 😀)

4. And of course, tell a story.

Bottom line is minus a couple of exceptions I need to start over.  Piling on my Epson 3880 stopping recognizing ink cartridges so I can’t print.  Not to mention the 2 packs of Arista Lustre I bought have to go back because they don’t have sufficient portfolio weight.  Back to Hollywood mind you.  OMG!  But we trudge on!

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Portfolio Additions

Adding images to Environmental Portrait portfolio.

Week 8.  Well, I guess I’m not going to drop.  I  have 11 images (all posted below).  It’s been a experience,  a REAL experience in so many ways.  It’s not quite routine, but the repetition of shooting one type of photo is teaching me a lot.  I developed a routine of contacting subjects, meeting them prior to the shoot to discuss the project, time requirements, expectations then calling the day before to confirm.  I’ve improved analyzing locations(prior real weakness) to include insight/story of the subject as well as composition.  I also am learning to work fast. It’s not like beauty and fashion where you have a model who knows they’re in for a couple of hours of shooting.  I typically ask for 15 minutes of set up and 30-45 minutes to shoot.

Week 8.  I guess I’m not going to drop. I need 4 more images.

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For some reason Reggae Classics on Spotify is working tonight!  When was the last time you heard Red Red Wine – UB40 or Dawn Penn’s No, No, No You Don’t Love Me?  Buffalo Soldier  🙂  OMG 4 more!