"Mariposa"

"Transformation is at the center of our very being"

When I initially embarked on this project it was simply to create a body of work that would reflect the internal changes I had encountered. I state in my Bio, "My body of work is a cogitation of perseverance. It facilitates the many transitions I make as a person and as an artist" After wrapping up the butterfly installation I shared with a few individuals and Dayanara was one of the few whom deeply resonated with it. After sharing her connection to butterflies I felt compelled to include her on this venture this is what produced.

I can not equate my transformation to one particular experience so to sum it up there are three things that subsequently helped me to transform.

1. The Death of my father

2.Becoming a parent

3. Tony Robbins "UPW"

To read more on what inspired one of my many transformations click on the link below

Special thanks to Dayanara and Mariposa for sharing their intimate story.

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A Transformation

"Words of wisdom for moving forward with positive change"

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As I approach my 5th year anniversary of my initiation to transformation I felt it was pivotal to release this post. Many times I have reflected on and even wrote about my experience though I never mustered the courage to share it. It’s just one of those experiences that’s super personal to my journey. I decided to release this blog after constantly reminding myself that this is the very purpose of this experience is to share it. I dislike to make a "Story" out of everything, but I feel if I don't tell the entire story what relevance does it have? I always seem to encounter these strange occurrences that end up blossoming into something amazing in my life. From my many experiences I can equate that to doing the things that I absolutely love aside from being extremely blessed.   

          Back in June 2013, my brother, best friend, and myself were out shooting a video along the Downtown, Jersey City, waterfront. We were interrupted quite a few times by people passing by,  it really did not bother us much. I could not help but to notice two joggers who passed by us twice, the second time they passed by they took a seat fairly close to where we were shooting to observe. They seemed to be interested in what we were doing. It was pretty obvious they were trying to get a feel of the vibe. During a break we greeted and struck up a casual conversation.  As we engaged we discussed our purpose for being there shooting. They told us a little about themselves, and ultimately revealed they worked for Tony Robbins. At the time I was thinking to myself "If these guys work for Tony Robbins what the hell are they doing exploring in DownTown Jersey City?" My mind was probably wondering just as much as theirs were.  I discovered they were temporarily stationed in Jersey City in preparation for Tony Robbins UPW "Unleash The Power Within" event in November. We exchanged contacts and surprisingly keep in contact. We hung out on a numerous occasions, this is a case where complete strangers became friends. 

          Some time had passed, and by this time my brother and best friend were out of the equation, it was almost as if I was the "target" they grew really fond of me.  I noticed each time we hung out they would always ask about my goals and aspirations. They were already aware I was an artist and photographer they admired my work. They would often offer words of wisdom as they encouraged me to become greater. Over the summer our friendship grew stronger, I remember one of the days we hung out they gave me a Tony Robbins Disk and told me to listen to it. I was so upset at myself because I misplaced the disk, and could not find it anywhere. I do not want to reveal their names for privacy reasons so I will just use the names Joe, and Steve. Time was winding down and Fall was approaching fast, they started to talk more about the event sharing their transnational experiences, showing videos, and commentary on how life changing it was. I was extremely excited and stoked just listening to the many stories they would share about the event. On this particular day we were out chatting Joe says to me "How would you like to attend the upcoming UPW event in November?" I replied by saying, "Joe I would love to go man!!" He informed me he would email me the registration form later that night, I was completely flabbergasted, I could not believe it. He said to me "I want to see you grow so this is something I want to do for you," and with a very confident grin he looked me dead in my face and said "You have no idea for what you are in store for, this is going to change your life." In hindsight it did, it did dramatically.     

          As the the event slowly approached I did not see them too much, however Joe and Steve would periodically check up on me. I am sure they were becoming pretty busy in preparation. In comes the mail my UPW Executive Pass had arrived, a $1500 value free of charge. Fast forward to the week of, all of the excitement was getting to me because I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. It had finally arrived, the big day was here, I had found myself in the company amongst thousands of participants. There he was Author, Philanthropist, and Life Coach Tony Robbins walks out on stage and he had the crowd roaring. I thought to myself, was actually attending my first WPI event, I was just as curious and inquisitive as a foreign exchange student arriving to their new place of residence. The first day at the seminar was nothing short of phenomenal Tony was up on stage talking for nearly 10 hours,I had never witnessed anything like it in my life he did not take one bathroom break.  The seminar was just loaded with an abundance of information, he covered topics such as health and wellness, reprogramming the mind through habits, and Financial freedom. I was just dazzled by it all, there were people jumping, clapping, hugging, crying, laughing,and shouting, there is not a single word that can describe the level of energy. 

Most of us had no idea what Tony had prepared for us, but we knew it was something big and I was so ready. All of the anticipation and juices were slowly brewing. One of the the very last exercises he had us partake in was laying on the ground face up with our eyes closed taking in deep breaths, inhale 5 second, hold for 20 seconds, exhale for 10 seconds, my entire body began to tingle.  Through deep meditative breathing, and chanting the word “Kool Mas” I had induce myself into a trance like state. All I can remember was taking off my socks and exiting the event hall. We walked barefoot along the cold dark trail. Step by step the anxiety had reached its zenith and as frightened as I was I just had to do it. Many people opted out of the “Fire Walk” but for me that was not an option. I reminded myself, this was the very reason why I came here to walk through the fire literally, without this experience this entire process would be in vein. It was pitch black, you can smell and feel the heat blistering from the coal, but it was too late for me I was all in. I waited in what seem like hours as each participant yield “Kool Mas” as they walked across the bed of coal. When it was my turn to walk I stared at that trail and watched as they laid a fresh bed of hot smoking coal down. I then worked up the courage said my chant “Kool Mas” I took my first step and walked over a 12 foot long bed of burning hot coal and I did not feel a thing. When I reached the other side of the coal bed it was a sigh of relief, a triumphant moment so to speak. Not only did I overcome a fear but the experience was symbolic in so many respects. I had to go through a physical experience to have a spiritual one. It granted the ability to overcome my fears and I had many. I took many notes during my 3 day experience, but to sum it all up this is what I walked away with “The Power Of Moving Forward With Positive Change”! I want to thank Joe and Steve for inviting me to this incredible life changing experience. Tony Robbins has helped me to heal, God is good!! 

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 Here is a photo of my brother holding the camera rig, I really don't know what my best friend was doing lol.

Here is a photo of my brother holding the camera rig, I really don't know what my best friend was doing lol.

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This is a Screenshot of the actual video “Amnesia”

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There were thousands of attendees.

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 Myself, along with other participants.

Myself, along with other participants.

 It was so hot from all of the energy circulating the room he pulled out a water gun and begun so shower everyone in the audience.

It was so hot from all of the energy circulating the room he pulled out a water gun and begun so shower everyone in the audience.

 Preparing for the walk of death lol #FireWalk

Preparing for the walk of death lol #FireWalk

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Shot wit the Canon 5DMKIII+Sigma35Art1.4

A note I will never forget!!

Professor Kim is one of the many professors, educators who have encouraged and inspired me along my journey. I am truly humbled by her greatness, she is someone who is so kind, genuine, pure, and out of this world intelligent. I was recently digging through some old folders and found my journal here is a note she wrote to me in 2006, still to this day her words resonates with me. Being encouraged by someone whom you admire is a gift, thank you professor Kim for believing in me!!

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"Khalief Browder"

Forwarded by Noel Clark:

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Posted on May 25, 2017 Forwarded by NoelClark 

In the past, I’ve blogged about musical artists to watch like Fly.Union and Pardison Fontaine but, today I’m gonna let you in on a talented painter, Lorenzo P. .

His work captivates. His pieces are layered in colors and life. Maybe it’s because he is talented in a multitude of ways; he’s also a poet, photographer, writer and musician. Maybe it’s because of his layers as an artist that his art is layered as well. His paintings not only look beautiful, they also have movement and song within them. 

Lorenzo recently did a tribute piece to Kalief Browder. If you’re wondering who Kalief Browder is and if you haven’t watched “The Kalief Browder Story” on SPIKE TV, I encourage you to do so and be prepared to be emotionally wrecked. It’s such a devastating story but it will prompt you to ACT, to do something positive and give light to Kalief’s life which was interrupted with a string of horribly painful, tragic misuses of power. 

Lorenzo’s tribute piece to Kalief is powerful. One of my favorite details of the painting is a small detail, so small it’s almost hidden but once you notice it, you can’t help but focus in on it. It’s a butterfly made of money. Lorenzo said that it represents the idea that “Justice is not always given to those who are financially less fortunate, but justice will be served through the will power of standing up for what it right”. He continued to elaborate on the butterfly by adding, “the “Money Butterfly” represents the many metamorphoses change will undergo”. 

 

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"Strobe Lighting"

What's in my Lighting

I have a host of lighting in my arsenal utilizing both strobe and constant lights.  These are the very tools I use to shape my work. In this post, I am going to focus particularly on the strobes aspect. Below is a list of the strobes I own and have used over the years. Just recently I released a video in regards to “Lighting Modifiers” I felt it was only right to do a follow up discussing the actual strobe lighting that I use. I hope you all find this post encouraging, I urge you to explore!

Strobes

Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4

Elinchrom Style 600 RX

Fotodiox Pro M-400A (2)

Alien Bee B800

Mettle 600w AC/DC 

Studio Pro 400w SD

Canon 580 EXII (2)

Power & Punch

Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4

Elinchrom Style 600 RX

Mettle 600 AD Battery Powered

Compact & Portability

Canon 580 EXII (2)

Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4

Alien Bee B800

Fast Recycle Time

Fotodiox Pro M-400A (2)

Retail

Studio Pro 400w SD $196

Fotodiox Pro M-400A $200

Alien Bee B800 $200

Mettle 600w AC/DC (Power Pack) $322

Elinchrom Style 600 RX $400

Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4 $407

Canon 580 EXII $480

Retailers

Amazon.com

Ebay.com

bhphotovideo.com

 

 

How to achieve amazing catchlights in the eyes PT4

How to Achieve Amazing Catchlights in the Eyes PT4

Triangular Lights

This is essentially a 3 light setup, but it actually took a total of 5 lights to construct this particular setup. In the middle we have the beautiful Eliza Lugo, she is the very model who starred in the first series of how to achieve amazing catchlights in the eyes. As you can see in the image Eliza is highlighted by (2) 4ft, Fluorescent lighting banks that are equivalent to 128watts each. The two side lights act as a rim light accentuating the contour of her body as well as creating some separation between the talent and the background. Moving along here’s where things get a little interesting, Lighting banksBecause Joe adamant did such a flawless job at constructing these lighting banks I told myself I would not make a video doing such however, because of the amount of inquiries I received in regards to constructing these lighting banks I figured I'll make a quick video.

DIY Fluorescent Lighting Banks

Lithonia Lighting hanging fixture

1/2"  Conduit hanger

1/4-20 wing nut

Flat washer #8

machine Screws #8-32x3/4"

machine Screws 5 1/4" 20x1/2"

#0 conduit hanger with speed thread

5’ Conduit pipe cut down to 4'

Satin white spray paint

Impact KCP-240

40" Extension Arm

KCP- 200

2.5" Grip Head

8" Baby Pin

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I captured Eliza doing her makeup

This is the Impact 40" Extension Pole with the 8" baby pin held by the Super "C" clamp.

BTS "Behind The Scenes"

Here is a view into my world when I am working guys. Any questions in regards to gear, locations, talent, etc.. please feel free to ask!!!! 

 Shoot with Serius Jones 

Shoot with Serius Jones 

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 BenroS4

BenroS4

 BenroS4 Monopod, OptekaCXS-25 Rod System. Gini Rig Follow Focus. 

BenroS4 Monopod, OptekaCXS-25 Rod System. Gini Rig Follow Focus. 

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 A little outdoor "BTS" on an engagement shoot. 

A little outdoor "BTS" on an engagement shoot. 

 A little outdoor "BTS" on an engagement shoot. 

A little outdoor "BTS" on an engagement shoot. 

 Here is one of the finalized images. 

Here is one of the finalized images. 

 A little outdoor Fall action!! 

A little outdoor Fall action!! 

 A little outdoor Fall action!!

A little outdoor Fall action!!

 Here is one of the finalized images from the shoot. This shot was taken on the back porch in the models back yard.

Here is one of the finalized images from the shoot. This shot was taken on the back porch in the models back yard.

 On the set of a family shoot. 

On the set of a family shoot. 

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 Final Product, Model: Sallie.

Final Product, Model: Sallie.

 BTS. "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes PT3"

BTS. "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes PT3"

 BTS. "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes PT3"

BTS. "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes PT3"

 BTS. "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes PT3"

BTS. "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes PT3"

 BTS. "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes PT3"  Check me out people : )

BTS. "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes PT3"  Check me out people : )

 Double Deuces!!!!

Double Deuces!!!!

 Portrait session with one of my best friends for his book cover. 

Portrait session with one of my best friends for his book cover. 

 You may see my brother in a lot of my "BTS" material, hes my right hand lol. Setting up for the intro video of "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes"

You may see my brother in a lot of my "BTS" material, hes my right hand lol. Setting up for the intro video of "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes"

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 Thanks bro!!

Thanks bro!!

 My brother sitting in for me to adjust my lighting.

My brother sitting in for me to adjust my lighting.

 Doing some voice over for my video, I had to bring my little audio setup to work, too anxious to finish : )   I had my little note card ready to go along with my ZoomH4N, Rode Video Mic Pro, and some Apple headphones for monitoring. 

Doing some voice over for my video, I had to bring my little audio setup to work, too anxious to finish : )   I had my little note card ready to go along with my ZoomH4N, Rode Video Mic Pro, and some Apple headphones for monitoring. 

 A little BTS and finished product, Shot in Hoboken, New Jersey.

A little BTS and finished product, Shot in Hoboken, New Jersey.

 A little BTS and finished product, Shot in Newark New Jersey.

A little BTS and finished product, Shot in Newark New Jersey.

 Fun shoot with my girl Sofia, we go wayyyy back!! 

Fun shoot with my girl Sofia, we go wayyyy back!! 

 My babies.

My babies.

 Here they go again I love my Ootas, I am a sucker for circular catchlights.

Here they go again I love my Ootas, I am a sucker for circular catchlights.

 On the set of a really big shoot : )

On the set of a really big shoot : )

 "The Hallway Shoot" video on my Youtube go check it out people. 

"The Hallway Shoot" video on my Youtube go check it out people. 

 The "V" shape setup

The "V" shape setup

 Shooting with my man Jordan. 

Shooting with my man Jordan. 

 A and I made some dope art this day.

A and I made some dope art this day.

 This was a long but fun shoot : )

This was a long but fun shoot : )

 I build my sets piece by piece. 

I build my sets piece by piece. 

 Look at the cool set up we have going on!! 

Look at the cool set up we have going on!! 

 Tas getting ready for some work. 

Tas getting ready for some work. 

 Final Product, Model: Tas Aleeah.

Final Product, Model: Tas Aleeah.

 I love this print and it looks like she does too!! : )

I love this print and it looks like she does too!! : )

 Another portrait session with my friend Regina. 

Another portrait session with my friend Regina. 

 Mola Setti VS the Beauty Dish

Mola Setti VS the Beauty Dish

 Photo courtesy of my good friend Noel Clark. 

Photo courtesy of my good friend Noel Clark. 

 Photo courtesy of my good friend Noel Clark. 

Photo courtesy of my good friend Noel Clark. 

 Photo courtesy of my good friend Noel Clark. 

Photo courtesy of my good friend Noel Clark. 

 Final Product, Model: Tas Aleeah.  

Final Product, Model: Tas Aleeah.  

 Getting ready for the shoot, using some A clamps to hold down the balloons. 

Getting ready for the shoot, using some A clamps to hold down the balloons. 

 Promo images for singer and songwriter Queenella.

Promo images for singer and songwriter Queenella.

 Final Product, Big Shout out to RnB artist Queenella!

Final Product, Big Shout out to RnB artist Queenella!

 This is a flower halo I designed. 

This is a flower halo I designed. 

Source: BTS Behind The Scenes