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Inside the artist's studio 05-31-11  |  Personal


This is an image of the talented Tom Cocotos hard at work at his South Beach studio. You can check out more of his work on his website (http://www.cocotos.com/) or at his studio in Miami Beach or NYC.











Like a kid in a candy store 05-26-11  |  Weddings


"If you have been to a wedding, you have seen them all"... Since I have been hearing more and more folks make this type of comment, I felt compelled to make a post about my feelings on this topic, you may also call it a rant :)

The funny thing is that my opinion on the quote above is exactly the opposite. As a wedding photographer, I have had the honor to witness events with as few as 4 attendees (including the bride and groom) to over 500, some have taken place in the most intimate settings such as the bride's childhood backyard while others have been lavish, week-long events in far off and exotic locations. Regardless of the place where a wedding occurs or social status of the client, it is impossible to see and creatively interpret two weddings the same way (even those that take place in venues we usually work) as each event brings a unique set of participants, and more importantly, completely different stories about how two families come together as a result of raising and influencing their kids to become who they are as adults. A wedding day is full of one of a kind moments that we should always look to capture as they will become the ones that make it "the weddings that is not like the ones you have seen before" and also the most relished memories for current and future family members, after all, this should be the main reason we work so hard to be the best story-tellers we can be.

The images below represent the kid in the candy store in the post's title. As I looked at all the proofs from this wedding, I noticed the groom's smile (literally from ear to ear) in every single one of them. Personally and professionally, there is no greater joy than being able to capture moments like these where, without a doubt, he is having the time of his life in the company of his lovely wife, close friends and family.

Cheers!











Curious 05-21-11  |  Personal, Dogs and the City


After some time away from the square format, which I love but always feel I am not very good at, I decided to challenge myself and work on perfecting my vision and compositional technique. Armed with my Hasselblad SWC, which is pretty much a fantastic point and shoot medium format camera as you have to guess your focus, I ventured into the streets a few nights ago.

As I waited to cross the street this beautiful doggie came to greet me, which I did but not before making his portrait. For the film geeks, this was shot on Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 6400 and I am very happy with the results.

Hope you like it... I will be shooting a lot of 6x6 in the coming months (even for weddings), so keep me honest and let me know how I am doing.

Ciao!












Playing for the kids - Sao Paulo 05-18-11  |  Personal, Destinations












Lost in thought - Sao Paulo 05-16-11  |  Personal, Destinations












 
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