Monday, October 31, 2011

Julie::: Anytime


It was a gorgeous day and I just knew the clouds would add the little extra "umph!" I wanted in my images. My friend Julie and I set out to get her a "Facebook profile picture" and have a little fun with off camera flash. We had a few laughs, I was as pathetic as always in trying to speak French, and I think the flash almost blinded us both in more than one occasion. All in a day's work! But when it was all said and done we turned out with a nice set of photos that made us both go "tres bien, oh la la!"







Mon amie Julie, merci! ;)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Findings::: Halloween!!!


In the spirit of Halloween and of people getting dressed up and looking ridiculous, I decided that I needed to give a few basic photo tips, and share a beastly video. Lucky for me, I found both of these things in this monsterlicious camera add. Pay attention because they're pretty good basic guidelines. I mean, if they can make a zombie look good, they can make anyone look good!

Happy Friday!! Have a scarily good Halloween!! :D

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Music::: Ed Tulipa, Barcelona Rooftop Shoot!


We had a quick rendezvous at the Sants bus stop in Barcelona. My friend Amanda and I had very limited time to visit Barcelona, and I was excited to finally meet him. Sergi and I had spent the last couple of weeks talking through Facebook and on the phone about doing some projects together. We had a quick lunch full of fun anecdotes, and then we parted ways. It was at about that time that I told him that next time I was in town we'd have to book a little promo shoot.

Fast forward two years.

Ed Tulipa (both his stage name and alter ego) is standing on a rooftop overlooking downtown Barcelona. The temperature is perfect to work with, and a few of his close friends are there assisting and helping keep everything fun. This photo shoot was challenging on both a professional and personal level, but it was very much worth it. I'm so excited to see how even just a quick 2 weeks later, one of my photos has already been published online along with an interview about his upcoming album. Check it out here.

When it was all said and done, this is what we got ourselves into...



His amazing John Lennon Limited Edition guitar... -sigh-









Be sure to check out Ed Tulipa on myspace and facebook!

Sergi, thank you for the opportunity to shoot in your beautiful city.
I wish you all the very best in your music career!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Findings::: "Have No Fear, Underdog Is Here!"


You know in comic books how there's all those times when the press is trying to catch Spiderman in action? Maybe the real press should be looking out for Underdog, since I am pretty sure he was caught on camera a while back.
Special thanks to my good friend Bobby for sharing this video with me earlier this week. I have to admit that I was truly floored when I saw this. I just wish more people would go about life with the same attitude as this dog. There's really not much else for me to say that can't be summarized in "Have No Fear, Underdog is here!" Check it out!

Happy Friday!! Help someone out today! :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

PhotoWalk::: Bilbao!


Lately I've been thinking that I am always posting photos of my travels, and never of the place I call home. Not to take away from Las Vegas, Chicago, or Amsterdam, but I wanted to showcase a little bit of this land. Most people know Bilbao because of it's famous Guggenheim museum, but that's just one piece of the puzzle. It's a pretty calm place. The city is just big enough to have everything you need, but not big enough that it seems chaotic or dangerous. This summer my friend Sara came to visit for a weekend and I got to show her around town a little bit. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to show you guys what this place is all about! :)





There's also some pretty weird people in Bilbao (that's my friend Sara! ;)









So if you're ever in Spain, come check out the northern coast. You'll love it.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Findings::: Missiles&Pranks!!


It's the weekend, and that means it's time to relax. Live a little. Enjoy some time with friends, and maybe even pull off a prank or two. Creativity is key, none of those toilet-papering someone's car/house or an easy prank call. Predictable. Where's the fun in that?

For example, the above picture. Helium balloons? Genius! I would love to drive a car that looks like it's being chased by missiles. The state trooper on the other hand, might not love it so much. But anyway, whereas many times I feel like pranks can be hurtful, humiliating, or lack good taste... I have to admit this one video pretty much left me speechless. I guess the only thing left to do is ask, how would you react?

Happy Friday!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Baby::: Laida


I was excited to go back and finally meet the little one. It had been a couple weeks until I met with Raquel&Ibon for their maternity shoot. As soon as I laid eyes on her I knew I loved her gorgeous blue eyes and adorable blonde hair. We quickly got to it and spent a fun little evening trying to get Laida to smile over and over again. She wasn't feeling really up to it for a while, but eventually she flashed us with a million dollar smile
and made it all worth while.








Congratulations little family! I can't wait to watch her grow! :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Findings::: An Apple A Day Helps Keep The Doctor Away!


Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard by now that Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple inc, internationally acclaimed technology innovator, and otherwise creative genius, passed away earlier this week.

I have long been a fan of his work and his positive attitude, and I couldn't think of a better thing to post about this week than about the wonderful company he created, whose products I have quickly found myself (along with millions of other creatives out there) completely addicted to.

It's a special group of us, mac users. It's easy for us to get picked on for being different, but I like to think that we're like those kids that sit at the nerd table at the cafeteria, and then end up being everyone else's bosses 10 years down the line! Just give us some time. ;)

Anyway, from one nerd to the next... here's a little glimpse into the amazing subculture brought to us by a lovely company named after a common fruit.

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And what would Apple be without their commercials? This one is actually a spoof, but it really made me laugh.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Personal::: Remembering Steve Jobs

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OK, so I realize that I must be a true nerd to be up at 3:14 am blogging on Steve Jobs. To make matters worse, I just realized that I said 3:14 am. Not 3:10, not 3:15... but 3:14. -sigh-

Steve Jobs... where do I even start?! I kid you not when I say that as soon as I read the news about his death I was unable to contain myself from crying out "NO!" and my heart immediately sunk. I sadly followed a link to only to find the company confirm of his passing. I opened up twitter and EVERY single post by EVERY single person I follow was talking about Steve Jobs. Wow!

Forget about Raymond, everybody loves STEVE!!

I guess all I really want to say is... I'm sad to see him go. I will admit that it feels funny to be sad about someone that I never met, but then again... didn't we all know him a little bit?Weren't we always looking forward to his keynote presentations? Googly-eyed and hungry to find out how much smaller, faster, and prettier he could make what already seemed like unbeatable products? Yes, the anticipation of some of us crazy photographers over what new magic tricks Steve was going to pull out of his sleeve was akin to that of a child on Christmas morning! And if you don't agree with me on this, then at least give me this much: Nobody could rock a black turtleneck like Steve could. Not even close.

And now he is gone, and it just doesn't feel right. At least to me it doesn't.

In case you couldn't tell, Steve Jobs was one of my heroes, and it certainly had nothing to do with this popularity or tremendous success. No. The thing about Steve is that he was what I call "A Creative". To me he represented a hard worker, a genius. An entrepreneur. An innovator. Perseverance at it's finest.

But the most important thing, to me, is that he was a dreamer. Being able to see what this one man, this one life, has been capable of doing is unbelievable to me. Witnessing how he changed so many lives, and influenced so many industries... well, it has somehow allowed me to dream too. For that I am thankful.

And here's some inspiration he left behind:

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs

So here's to the dreamer and here's to living the dream.
God bless you Steve, you are certainly missed.