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Over the past couple weeks I have been digging through the archives to pull images for this year’s slide show. The slideshow represents all the assignments I shot in 2009 as well as follows the growth of our 20 month old daughter Grace.
It’s great to reflect on what worked and what didn’t and it has planted a few seeds for new business plans for 2010. The slide show is laid out chronologically so if the newborn shot next to the architecture shot next to the model seems out of place, now you know why.
Enjoy the show. Hopefully you will see some new images as well as think back to our photo shoot together. Maybe you’ll even see some images that will inspire another shoot for 2010. Thanks for your support and referrals, they keep my business alive.
If you missed last years check out the following from 2008:
A few months ago I shot a job for Engineered Custom Systems, a custom audio and video installation and design firm based in Redondo. My job was to document ECS’ work throughout a 10,000 square foot home in Rolling hills. ECS installed all of the audio, video and custom control features in the house. There’s nothing like being able to walk into any part of the home and control the lighting and audio with a touch of the button. In addition to a media room with five flat screens the home also has an outdoor spa area with a TV, golf simulator, wine storage room, poker room and speakers installed both inside the pool and above-ground to insure that you can always hear your favorite song when you’re swimming.
In our pre-production meetings we discussed how best to show the quality of ECS’ work. Many of the custom features don’t read well in a still photo but I think that conveys the quality of the work and craftsmanship. The speakers aren’t supposed to be the focal point in the living room and when people overlook the install because the speaker grills have been painted to match the ceiling they know they will receive a high level of service when they work with ECS. Interior designers especially love the fact that with the help of ECS they don’t have to worry about the audio or visual installation taking away from the decor.
A few months ago a photographer began a movement called Help-Portrait. The goal is for photographers around the world to take a day and use our gifts and skill to give back to people in need. The idea was picked up and promoted by a lot of blogs and websites and the concept was inspirational. If you’d like to help in any way, mark December 12th on your calendar and send me a note.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I’ve had two weekends worth of family portraits as a result of my partnership with Broadcasting Baby. Family portraits are a funny thing. My perspective and that of the client can be very different. Some clients come in with a preconceived idea of the photo they want me to capture and that may or may not agree with my aesthetic and photography style. I’ll always do my best to make them happy but it will be in addition to shooting my own style and offering them alternatives that they probably didn’t think of.
Over the course of the first weekend’s shoots at Polliwog Park there were a handful of shots that stood out. The first was this shot of the Mahony Brothers. My goal with this shoot was to present the boys in a cool and unique way. I wanted them to walk away thinking they had fun and that it wouldn’t be so bad if they had to do it again. I want them to see the results of the shoot and feel that the photos portray them in a way that they can be proud of.
As with most portrait sessions I don’t differentiate a children’s portrait shoot from a family portrait shoot. If I’m hired to photograph the family I do my best to shoot individual portraits of everyone. If I’m hired to photograph the kids I try to involve the parents as long as they are willing. The following shot of Gabby was one of the one-off shots during a family portrait session. My goal with my photo sessions is to work with everyone so that by the end of the shoot they have relaxed and have had fun. As a result I get more shots like this.
This was the fourth occasion I have photographed Kora. I love working with her and her parents because they don’t have any preconceived ideas. Some parents want to see shiny happy photos of their kids, others just want a photo that they can look back and remember a time in their life. I always manage to get great shots of Kora. As as much as I wish she remembered me, on each occasion I’m still a borderline stranger. I just have to sit back and let her do her thing and document her personality.
This marks the third year that I have shot family portraits of Tracey and Carley. Their previous photos have made my promo cards, websites and even the promotional piece I made for this year’s holiday card family portrait event. I can’t take a bad photo of them.
A few months ago I was introduced to Phyllis Calza who owns broadcastingbaby.com, an online stationary store based in Manhattan beach. We talked about several ideas to offer our customers a great value in holiday cards and professional photography and after I shot her family portraits she was convinced that we would compliment each other well and that we should work together.
Together we have put together packages that will enable our clients to get a great family photo and send out unique holiday cards to their friends and family. Packages start as low as $210 and includes the cards and the photo shoot. Packages vary based on the number and type of cards ordered.
We will be hosting the family portrait event at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on September 26th and 27th and at the Beach on Saturday October 10th. The following page will provide some details on the shoots and examples of the cards offered http://chuckespinoza.com/holidaycards/
Please call me at 310.922.5094 to schedule your appointment.
Newborn Photos shot at the Hospital
Before Grace was born I rationalized to Robin that I needed a $1500 lens that would enable me to get really great shots in low-light conditions, without needing a flash. My rationalization and investment worked out great and we got so many incredible the images that will always touch our heart.
Since then I have had the pleasure of visiting and photographing several newborn babies while they were still in the hospital. This is a very intimate shoot. Let’s face it; mom’s been working hard for nine months, dad’s been sleeping in a chair for a couple days and the baby is trying to figure out why everything is so different. This isn’t exactly the best time for a photo session. That being said the images I’ve shot of grandparents or big sister seeing the newborn for the first time are the most cherished by my clients.
If you think this type of shoot and the resulting images are for you, please give me a call to discuss the session. Chuck Espinoza 310.922.5094