What a wild couple of months it has been. In case you missed it, I’ve been lucky enough to work on the last two Bakotopia Magazine covers of 2009. It was so much fun, and such a challenge getting everything planned and completed in such a short time frame. If you want to check out my contributions and features just check out the links below.
Bakotopia Issue: #69
This issue contains the photos I took at Joseph Gomez’ Birthday bash plus the cover I shot.
We got the cover done in one night in order to have it in by the morning. Brandy Hornback answered my call and was ready to go at extremely short notice.
Bakotopia Issue: #70
I am featured in this issue and shot the cover as well as the poster insert for the magazine. I worked on this with Nichole Patino (dress designer), and Adriana Espetia (model).
View Online: http://issuu.com/mercadonuevo/docs/bakotopiadec09
More on the cover http://www.bakotopia.com/home/ViewPost/119878
Also, here are 6 behind the scenes videos from the shoot. I look terrible and awkward, but HEY, I wasn’t the one modeling.
This month has been crazy busy. I’ve had a lot of public and private events including my mom’s wedding! I’ve been working as hard as I can to get events burned and posted as soon as possible. I should be all caught up today. I just need to burn a CD for the Kappa Sig Banquet and then process and post the photos from Friday at Replay. Thank you to everyone who has kept me busy and positive. I always appreciate the comments and feedback.
I have two photo projects I am working on with a several other people. The first project is a photographer collaboration using a well known story as the base of the project. This will be the first official project. This will give me an idea of how to organize other projects in the future. Everyone seems excited to do this. I have 7 photographers each submitting an image, and then I will put them all together as a series.
The second project is a little bit bigger and involves 7 models, a clothing designer, hair, and makeup. I will be having some other people help me out as well, so I get everything as close to what I am envisioning as possible. This is will be the biggest project that I have planned myself. The goal is to have many more after this which should run smoother and quicker. I would give more info on the project, but the last thing I want is for someone else to take the idea and do it before me.
If you want to participate in future projects just, you can find more information on the “join our team” page I am putting together. Or you can just send me an email and talk with me directly.
I have added it to my calendar to update this blog at least once a week. It’s hard for me to keep track of everything. The past couple of weeks have been great. I have been helping some new photographers out with some photo shoots, and met some new people at a recent group photo shoot. It’s all been about networking lately. I have two larger projects in the planning stages; they are almost ready to go. I would talk more about them, but my ideas tend to get copied before I have a chance to do them. I will check back in later this week with more information, and possibly more photos! Here is a photo of some of the photographers from the last group photo shoot:
I am there in the black beanie and white shoes. This photo was taken by the host, Debora Connors.
Last night was pretty fun. I finally had a chance to make it out to The Basement and caught the photography art show put on by Eliana Mora. I was familiar with most of the photographers’ work, but was able to meet many of them for the first time. I also got a chance to catch That That perform again and hung out with them downtown for a while after the show. It was hotter than hot, at The Basement, but I’m glad I was able to make it out and meet some more talent here in town.
For the sake of simplicity, I am a photographer; it’s all in the definition you choose. I always get a little bit of a chill, though, when I am introduced as a photographer. Why? I think it is mainly because I don’t feel I have reached that status. I am a student–maybe not a photography student in the traditional sense, but a student nonetheless. I’ve spent most of the past few years getting comfortable with exposure, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the role that equipment plays in a photograph. I’ve worked on composition, lighting and overall technique. In short, I’ve simple been learning HOW to take a photograph. Of course, every shot has had an artistic view behind it. Sometimes, they are complete failures, sometimes they are successes, and other times just happy accidents. In any case, the goal is to constantly learn from these successes and failures so that the latter become less frequent. For these reasons, I consider myself a student of photography and not a photographer. So then, what is a photographer?
A photographer, to me, has moved far beyond the worries of the HOW to focus on the WHAT and the WHY. They are entirely concerned with content, mood, subtext, passion, impact, and so on. They incorporate their technique into the process of realizing a vision. The photography process becomes a conduit of expression. This is what I consider a true photographer to be in contrast to someone who can simply take a photograph. In this sense, I have not yet become a photographer, but I am taking my steps to get there.
Through all my trial and error, I have become more comfortable in the direction that I am headed. Though I still feel like a student, I do feel that more and more of my own vision is showing up in my photographs. There is still an enormous amount of growth, but that’s what makes the journey so exciting.
For the sake of simplicity, you can call me a photographer, but I know I still have a long road to walk before I feel I can claim that title. In the meantime, I will continue to do my best work, and hopefully produce some great images along the way.