I never thought I would be writing this post, remember the nice lady I spoke of in the “One Light Setup” post? Well that remarkable and beautiful lady name was Monica Haddad. From the mannequin exchange we established a great relationship, Back in May I donated one of the prints from the shoot to Monica she was in complete awe, it was just a small token of my appreciation. Since then I have made frequent stops over at the C.A.U.S.E Center not only to make donations I would stop in just to say hi. She was always welcoming and just so kind, she even made jokes about all of the clothing I would bring. Upon my most recent visit I was stricken with a great deal of grief when discovered that Monica was fatally shot. Initially I was distraught I could not comprehend what I was hearing, I thought to myself who could do something so heinous. I honestly don’t know what the urge was, but I had a burning desire to stop by, as usual I gathered all of the clothes I could to take over there when I arrived I was just astonished by the news, she was killed a week after my last donation. The Jersey Journal reports state, “Monica Haddad, 44, was killed Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in what authorities believe was a murder-suicide carried out by her husband” Although it for was for a brief moment in time I truly thank God for allowing me to cross paths with such a pure and angelic soul. She has impacted so many and she will be missed tremendously.
The "One Light Setup" video was inspired by the really nice people over at C.A.U.S.E CENTER THRIFT SHOP located 741 Bergen Avenue, in Jersey City. They are just a beacon of light when it comes to providing food and assistance to the less fortunate in the community. One day dropping my mom off to the doctor I passed by the thrift shop, that is where the mannequins in the window caught my attention. I got so excited I made it my business to further scope things out. I later stopped in to inquire about the mannequins, there was a really nice lady who greeted me. She informed me unfortunately the mannequins were not for sale they only used for displayed. It appeared my eagerness peaked her curiosity, she then asked what was the purpose!? I acquainted myself informing her I am artist and photographer, I was interested in using one of the really cool mannequins I noticed in the window. I gave her a quick peek at my portfolio from my phone, she was blown away. She smirked and said " I will let you borrow it free of charge, on one condition, you must be responsible it bring it back" I replied, "DEAL" Just like that it was done. I told her I would keep for two weeks and she told me it was fine. I was so happy when I got home, my mind was racing with ideas. I had to devise a plan to have a little fun all while putting out something cool and informative. You know me guys I am always trying to help, this is how I give back!! : )
So I wanted to demonstrate for you guys the power of a "One Light Setup" With this one light I was able to get so many dynamic shots that range from contemporary to dramatic. Check out some cool BTS, raw and retouched images from the shoot. As I mention in the video it is a "Test Shoot" so honestly guys I was just having fun experimenting.
Canon 70-200mmF/2.8 USMII
64GB Transcend CF Card
Tripod Gitzo G 2220
Avenger D520L 40" Extension Pole
24" Fotodiox OctaBox
Kanova K5 Slider
Check out my BTS video "One Light Setup" video
Check out my retouching "WorkFlow" video.
Check out my "DIY Reflector" video.
The left side of the mannequin is being accented by the HDV-Z96 96 LED with a red gel.
Capturing some sliding shots with the Konova K5 slider
It is interesting how we crossed paths I will save that story for another time guys. What I would like to add immediately upon meeting model Boddy. T. I really admired the guy, he is strong willed and eager to pursue his passion. I just knew that we would make magic and we most certainly did. Here are some of the images from the shoot on Jan 12th 20016
First shoot of the year guys!!
This is just a brief introduction addressing a few questions that I am often asked. I don't have all the answers and I am quite ok with that, what I do know is the knowledge I have acquired over the 8 years of shooting I want to share it! So let's jump into it, how many of you out there like photography, how many of you love photography? Photography comes seemingly easy, think about how inexpensive it is to go out and buy an entry level DSLR. Now that you have your new camera it is off to the races right? Well for some this maybe true however, it is one facet to get into photography and another to actually sustain it. I've learned this along my journey, speaking of journeys check out my blog post “The Journey” http://lorenzopphotography.com/new-blog/2014/4/28/8ai6utp1dzvk3w6p8l584wjz9690ri
There is a lot of administrative work that goes into photography, there is what I consider to be an "80/20" rule here is a simple break down, 80% goes into managing what is you do if for example marketing, attracting clients, social media presence, email engagement, retouching, producing and selling products, there is a considerable amount of time that will be divided among these sectors. The other 20% goes into shooting. I know its sounds depressing especially for someone who loves to shoot. But if you really want to get a hand on things you need to understand and adopt this Concept.
Photography is a vast market when I mean vast it’s big, here are a few categories.
Identify what is appealing to you, where do you fall in line? Becoming familiar with the fundamentals is highly critical to your development. When you build on shaky grounds you are very likely to fall, when your foundation is strong you are able to withstand those challenging times. I want to share a few pointers!
Remind yourself of the "80/20" rule, and do not forget it.
Invest more time and financing into studying & research.
Legal/Documentations- model releases, agreements, contracts.
Liability/protection- cover your clients & gear.
Accounting/Management- smart investing, keep track of billing & what you spend.
Diligence/Patients- consistently work on being the the best at what you do, keep in mind being great takes time.
Mastering- your style & workflow.
Anticipation- apart of being a great photographer is anticipating things that can potentially go wrong.
If you plan on turning your passion into a career I think a great starting place will be to:
1.Be passionate: When your passionate about something you are good at, it makes it that much more desirable to do.
2.Hone in on your niche: What is it that you do best?
3.Define who you are as a photographer: Establishment (be known for something)
5.Get familiar with your market: know who is doing what.
6.Build your network and use it: Always refer to the people who you can rely on and trust to give you honest feedback. Engage with your community (Your network is your net-worth)
7. Learn from the masters: I can not emphasize this enough!
Books I would strongly consider reading:
“ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography”
“The Photographer’s Guide to Negotiating”
“The Photographer’s Survival Guide”
“The Digital Photography Book”
“The Moment it Clicks”
There are a ton photography related books out there believe me some are captivating on the contrary, some are not the most exciting but you will ultimately gain a wealth of knowledge resulting in you being a well rounded photographer. If you can effectively manage to do these things I think you are on the right path. I hope this post serve as a reference point and a source of inspiration to make your passion consistent to what you want it to be.
If you find this material useful please share it with your family and friends, this helps us all out a great deal. God Bless and Good Luck!!
For as long as I can remember I was always drawing, but I did not realize my ability until the death of my father in 1995; I was 9 years of age at the time. My life took a turn for the absolute worst, things became very gloomy followed by 2 years of depression looking for an outlet I turned to art! Drawing not only served as an escape, I was able to express those emotions I struggle to hard to control and dealt with. Free time in school became drawing time. My teachers realize my artistic inclination, and immediately pushed me into gifted and talented classes; this is where my talents were harnessed and developed.
By 1999, 4 years later things picked up and really took off for me! The year 2000 was a new start. I was accepted to a Visual & Performing Arts High School, this is when I really immersed myself into art. I studied an array of mediums and engaged in much intense training. By 2003, I found my niche, painting was my passion. I went on to win many awards, In 2004 I received my most prestige accolade "The Governor's Gold Key Award for Scholastic Art and Writing” This was presented to me by the New Jersey Governor.
The V.P.A taught me so much; I learned some of my most valuable lessons there! I’ve learned the importance of discipline, and how to channel my creativity through art, also that I can make it as an artist! Those life essentials carried throughout my career as an artist, and here I am now! Spiritually I know I was guided to this path. I find ironic to say this but, in hindsight I feel like my father's death was a gift to me, because that pain I felt call forth my potential. I had to turn my pain into passion, he lives through my work!
"The Saga Continues"
So......Following "SOG" which I thought was massively successful but not because of the all of the stunning imagery that we were able to produce, it was successful for all of the things that lead after. There were uncanny similarities in our dreams, goals, beliefs, even down to life experiences. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, wham it hit me straight in the face, I begun to realize what was actually going on. I now see that “SOG” was just the premises for something entirely bigger. I am a person that is driven by impulse, but it's more of an Intuitive impulse, a knowingness, a sensation of knowing that the time is precisely right. Using this compass is in fact how I navigate through life that is the only way I can explain it. The fact that she undoubtedly trust in me, believe in me and how she vouches for me was a no brainer. We bond extremely well almost to the point where you have to question, "Is this even real" I swear people I cannot make this stuff up!
Because of life circumstances it allowed us to be familiar with one another, I recognized her soul. Although we were complete strangers prior to the shoot destiny helped us to recognize each other. She was in pursuit of doing more creative driven work, and I was looking to get more involve with the entrepreneurial business aspect of things. I am pretty endowed in the creative department, so is she on the business end of things, this is what I would consider to be a partnership made in heaven. Upon our very first meeting following “SOG” I shared my goals as she did hers. I was so intrigued and blown away by all of the material she presented, all of the dreams and ideas that were most dear and intimate to her laid right before my eyes. I must be quite honest it was a bit over whelming but in a very good way, it only made me more or less want to, “Get my act together” It was a true eye opener being around someone who was so well organized, passionate, and meticulous about their craft. #LikeMindIndividuals
During our many email exchanges she sends this!!!
After reading this response I was in complete awe, because she perfectly articulated how this all became to be, she's quite the genius when it come to the pen. Who would have ever thought by me wanting to share my story with the world I would meet this incredible, amazingly beautiful person, who believed in me enough she would want to go into business with me. People it’s important, vital, your soul and life depends on you following your dreams. In closing, continue to prepare everything will happen on God's perfect timing.
Be sure to show this incredible individual some love by visiting her awesome blog. www.NoelClark.com
God I thank you!!!
I do apologizes because I kept referring to the "Light Stand" as a "Tripod", please excuse me lol
Be on the look out for my next video where I review the C-Stand and boom pole!!!!!!!!!
It's always a good feeling revisiting your foundation. This is how it all started for me people, I picked up a camera to take better images of my Art work and boom the rest was history. I am currently up dating my website with some new art work so I wanted to let you all in.
Check out the the "Shards of Glass" video you can see the green painting featured there!
If you like the background music that's our new track titled "Think About Me" that video can be seen here!
Filmed/Directed: Lorenzo p. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3oF8ZUBetc
Be sure to show my peoples some love
One of my YouTube subscribers emailed me and asked "What is your philosophy" I pondered for a bit and thought to myself it's simple, my philosophy is to "Share your story" Interestingly enough this was something I was not so innate at doing, I actually struggled miserably with this due to the many fears, and anxieties. I had to realize these were mere roadblocks created in my head and I wanted to break out of that daunting shell. This is something many individuals are afraid of doing, and as a result it hinders them from sharing their truth. It is quite alright to be vulnerable by letting your guard down, not for the wrong reasons, but for all of the right ones!!! You will soon see through this you will find empowerment. By sharing your story you are able to connect with the people in the world around you. You just never know who you may help, and or inspire, so I advocate that you guys share your story.
Check out this article "Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling" posted on the Harvard Business Review written by, Paul J. Zack Professor at Claremont Graduate University. https://hbr.org/2014/10/why-your-brain-loves-good-storytelling
Like the old saying goes
"People love a good story"
Photographer: Lorenzo. P.
Styled: @joilouise @shopilyanajoi @ilyanaaltagracia
Music: Song Valuable produced by Lorenzo P.
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"Shards of Glass" post coming soon!!!! If you want to read the story and see more images from this amazing shoot please stay tuned. While you are waiting, please feel free to tell me what you liked most about the "Shards of Glass" video? Also tell me what inspires you comment below!!!!!!!!
To Be Continued......... #SOG
How this all came together was simply magical. I have come to the realization it was on God's time, and it is my belief everything perfectly aligned so that this project could happen. A year ago I set out on a quest to creativity combine my "Art" with my “Photography” Initially, I had no direction but I knew I wanted to make something great. The more I pondered the more the visions started to manifest themselves. I started to scribble down little ideas as they came to me, then suddenly my attention shifted to creating a painting. I grabbed up a 30x48in sized canvas of old B&W abstract painting that I disliked and begun to work. It bothered me to even look at that painting, I was so eager to paint over I just threw anything on the canvas and of course that did not work either because I ultimately painted over that as well lol. So after two failed attempts, It was time to go back to the drawing board, the premise of this project was to be expressive and experimental at articulating my story so I wanted to create a mixed media abstract piece that would reflect that. In retrospect, looking back it is my interpretation the primary reason why those other painting I attempted to do on the same exact canvas did not work because the actual art was waiting to be used for something very special to come.
I have never previously worked with glass, yet I sought it to be the appropriate medium for this piece. It was time to gather some bottles. I found it to be the most accessible ironically I kept coming across "Green" bottles. Boom there was the color scheme, green was also ideal because it is the color of the heart chakra, and it is said to be the color of balance harmony, and growth. Those were the exact qualities I was in search of in my life. I told myself I would take my time and I did just that tediously tinkering every rotating piece of glass. Weeks and weeks went by of me working and curiously scouring the streets for the green jewel. At least that is what I considered them to be mere trash became my treasure, it was such a vital element for the painting. I am sure my friends, family, and on lookers all thought I was going crazy picking up glass from the ground and putting it into my pocket, none the less the craziness served its purpose. Not that I used them all but I guesstimate I collected over 100 bottles for this piece all varying in size and shades of green. After I felt I had an abundance of glass it was time to break bread or glass I should say! The project was gradually coming together but I still had a long journey a head of me.
It was time search for the jewelry that was a journey in itself. I would come across pieces I thought looked cool but it didn't strike me, and I wanted something that was striking. I visited many customs jewelry stores in the Chelsea area of Manhattan and to no avail. I took the initiative to make the jewelry myself, with that trusty ole bucket of glass and few pieces I somehow managed to gather POOF!!! like a magician waving his wand over a black upside down top hat the jewelry magically appeared. I was pretty satisfied how it turned out, it contained many layers and full of different textures much like the painting. At this point in the project I was feeling very confident because things were coming along smoothly. Being pleased with the progression of the many phases this project undertook, it was time to move on to the next stage, “The Model” And just when I thought things were going to be a walk in the park it all came to a screeching halt! I have to be quite honest this is where I became discourage, If you could see my face it was screaming the word “Nooooooooo” it bothered me because I was so emotionally invested. Instead of going in a dark corner in sobbing over my frustrations, I made a conscious decision to literally put my best foot forward, put my emotions aside and reluctantly work on other projects while I waited I often remind myself that this had to get done.
Although I encountered many discouraging setbacks along my journey I remained persistent. Foiled by my failed attempts I reached out to my trusty and most amazing MUA Ariel to give me a hand at casting a model she knew exactly what I was looking for so she was more than eager to assist. Weeks went by and to my surprise she came up empty handed as well. I started to question myself, “What is going on, what am I doing wrong” It felt as if the only people invested in this project was Ariel and myself, no one gave “SOG” a chance, but I believed in it. I could have easily reached out to a modeling agency but I wanted this to be authentic, I was in search of a connection. Moving forward, I can vividly remember being on Instagram one day posting pictures, I noticed this particular user liking a lot of my photos it caught my attention and I wanted to investigate. Immediately upon skimming through her feed, I excitedly blurted out “She’s the girl” At that very moment I intuitively knew I was looking at my muse for the project, she ideally fit every criteria. I tell you this girl was gifted wrapped and handed to me from the universe. The only thing that stood between us was a simple direct message, and boy I was not trying hesitate! I sent her a message that basically said “I would love to make some magic with you, she replied “I love your work, let’s do it”
I am thinking to myself no way, this is a joke, is she serious, is she going to flake like all of the previous models!!!???? These were some of the many fears that stalked my mind upon conversing with her via Instagram. In the weeks following we communicated more and more through email. Although she showed some interest I still did not feel fully secure on the deal, all that change the moment I sent the Photo Treatment of the shoot to her, that changed everything! After reading the treatment not only did she have a new appreciation for “SOG” it resonated with her so much she felt compelled to participate. I want to add that I am not a believer in coincidence, this is just a term we use to describe the strange occurrences. Ironically, she revealed to me that her dad passed on in 2010, my dad passed in 1995, 15 years prior to her tragic experience, she also told me of a poem she wrote 5 years prior to “SOG” titled “Stained Glass” I do not know if you guys see it, but there was definitely a connection there. She believed in me, and in my vision, she handed over her trust and I can not thank her enough. During the shoot I can recall on a few occasions Noel state "Everything happens on God's time" there was a quiescence in those words that perpetuated in my head.
In closing, this photo shoot wildly exceeded any and all expectation I had. I am truly humbled by this entire experience, all of the disappointments, mishaps, what seemed to be failures, were all in preparation for what was to come. All of the indifferent things that took place meant absolutely nothing in comparison to the day of this shoot, it was nothing short of utter bless. I am proof that through undoubtedly believing, hard work, and just being plan old persistent you can reap the fruits of your labor and man did I reap them abundantly!!!!!
Created in March 2015, shooting with Kaylah Raquel was an absolutely pleasure. I have to say this shoot had the perfect chemistry for some super awesome imagery. Sometime ago my good friend and MUA Robert Porcelain suggested that we shoot with Kaylah, prior to this i have not heard of her, but he went on and on how gorgeous and spontaneous she was, when I saw her picture I thought she would make a great subject. Any who we all chatted via text to set a date and the rest was history. I was very fortunate, because another a really good friend of mine allowed me to use his luxury condo in Hoboken, N.J. to do the shoot in and I must say man oh man, I can not thank him enough. On the day of the shoot I arrived a little early to set up and scale out where I wanted to shoot, Kaylah and Rob arrived 45min after. Upon formally meeting Kaylah she was a really sweet down to earth girl, after we exchanged some small convo it was time to get busy. As Rob was setting up I casually made my way around the condo filming the "BTS" They pretty much had creative control over the shoot and I was completely fine with that, and because of the whole sexual ambiance of things hence the name "Night Cap" When it was all said and done we were all blown away by the images. As a disclaimer, please be advised this shoot is more on the sexual/provocative side and is not suitable for the younger eyes, enjoy!!
Curious on what to buy? I was once in your shoes in search of what to buy I nearly reviewed and investigated many items when it comes down to photography. Along my journey I own, have owned, reviewed or used the items referenced in this post. Time after time, I get asked for recommendations and suggestions on what gear to buy, so I hope this hits the spot for some of you. As a disclaimer I am far from an expert and I am not super "techy", although I may not know all of the specifications of each product, what I can attribute is that they work incredibly well.
Personally, I love the Canon DSLR and Elinchrom system, but I am not at all bias to any particular brand I use what is comfortable and what works for me. I will suggest staying away from buying photography gear that states "Bundle Package" only invest in them if you seek the help of a professional or if you are fully knowledgeable on all of the products listed in its description. The majority of the times they throw in all these really cheap items that you will almost never use or will eventually end up replacing. I want you all to make the best investment you possibly can. Spending the money right the first time around will prevent you from spending it later, so do not be afraid to make the investment. If you are in the market of purchasing any type of gear, here are a few of my recommendations. These items address my over all things to look for when buying gear. These are the 3 essential elements for me when making my investment!!!!
Affordable- It must be in my budget otherwise I wouldn't be able to afford it! Quality, has to be the best in its class for the price point. How Much are you willing to invest?
Durability- The life and longevity is highly important because this determines how long you are able to hold onto your gear. Aside from some minor things most of my gear has lasted for 5 years plus. Can your gear take a licking and keep on ticking?
Portability- For me, this is highly essential because I love to shoot on location and I want to be light and nimble as possible. I had my days where I would lug all this crazy gear and let me tell you it wasn't fun. Yeah having a ton of gear on a location looks awesome but it can become a hassle when it is time to put it all away. Do you prefer a light travel or a heavy one?
Please note this is not the end all be all list, it is simply what I would recommend to people seeking to purchase or upgrade their gear. If you guys out there have any personal recommendations that you feel people can benefit from please email them to me so that I could add them to the list, Lorenzopphotography@gmail.com!!!!
Canon 70-200mmIS F/2.8 USMII $2,100
Canon 70-200mmIS F/2.8 USMI $1350
Canon 70-300mm $639
Canon 24-70mm2.8 USMII $1,900
Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 EF-L $1,000
Canon 24-105mm $1,000
SIgma 24-105mm F/4 Art DG OS HSM $900
Canon 28-135mm $380
Canon 135mm EF F/2L $1,000
Rokinon 135mm F2.0 ED UMC $550
Canon 85mm F/1.2 II USM $2,000
Canon 85mm F/1.8 $350
Rokinon 85 F/1.4 $270
Canon 50mm F/1.2L $1,500
Sigma 50mm F/1.4Art $950
Canon 50mm F/1.4 $330
Canon 50mm F/1.8 II $125
Sigma 35mm F/1.4Art DG HSM
Sigma 24mm F/1.4Art DG HSM $700
Elinchrom BRX 500 $695
Einstein E640 $499
Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4 $407
Neewer 600w Dual Power AC/DC $330
AlienBees B800 $280
AlienBees B400 $225
Fotodiox Pro M400A $200
Canon 600EX-RT $500
Canon 430EX II Price Varies
Yongnuo YN568 EX II $104
Yongnuo YN560 III $66
PocketWizard Pluss III Transceiver (2) $289
Yongnuo YN622C ETTL Transceiver (2) $79
Yongnuo RF-603 II Transceiver (2) $32
28" Beauty Dish white interior+Grid $172 Without Grid $108
22" Beauty Dish white interior $90
Circular Umbrella style
EZ-Pro Octa 5' $97
EZ- Pro Octa 36in $82
Pro Parabolic Umbrella 16-rib 72in White interior $80
Neewer 43in 5 in 1 Collapsible Disk Reflector $18
WestScott 2334 28in Medium Apollo $136
EZ-Pro Strip Box 12x56in $87
EZ-Pro Softbox 32x48in $82
Avenger C-Stand A2033LKIT $225
Matthews 40" C-Stand $206
Kupo 40" C-Stand Turtle Base Kit $200
CowBoyStudio C-Stand $152
Linco Deluxe Heavy Duty Boom Stand $78
PBL Pro Heavy Duty SC Stand 10' set of 2 $72
Linco Pro Heavy Duty 8' set of 2 with Carrying Case $61
Gitzo G2220 Explorer 3 $350
Manfrotto MK190XPro3-BH3+ Q90 Ballhead $300
Vanguard Abeo Plus 323AB + BBH-200 Ballhead $297
Manfrotto MT055Pro3 055 $240
Mactrem Q666C Carbon Fiber Tripod+Monopod+Ballhead $160
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT $150
Koolehaoda B-Q666c Carbon Firber Tripod+Monopod+Ballhead $149
Sirui T005KX 52in+C10x Ballhead $136
Neewer Carbon Fiber Lightweight Portable 66in+Ballhead $99
Induro Alloy 8M AT-013 $96
Really Right Stuff BH55 $550
Acra-Swiss Mono Ball Z1 SP $389
Manfrotto MH0550-Q2 055 $200
Sirui K-40x 54mm $165
Sirui K20x 38mm $129
Sirui K10x 33mm $118
Giottos MH1000-652 $95
Manfrotto 496RC2 $90
Fancierstudio 6664H $39
Xcsource BH $36
Wacom Intuos Pro Medium $350
Wacom Intuos5 Medium $350
Wacom Intuos4 Medium $225
Wacome Intuos Pen&Touch Medium CTH680 $200
Huion H610Pro $77
MonoPrice MP1060 HA60 $56
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Here is another awesome image from that shoot that Steve shot! http://www.steviereid.com/
In December 2014, I did this awesome shoot with a good friend and model Dj Mavric. The weather was increasingly getting cold, luckily the day we scheduled to shoot It was super sunny and semi-warm, In New Jersey to have 43-degree weather in December is not common trust me!! Anywho, we originally scheduled to do a studio session however, because the weather was so awesome I suggested to split the session and do some location and studio. I already had the location in mind, interestingly enough I always wanted to shoot in this particular area it was something about the all the trash and grunge that really attracted me. I believed it would serve as a great setting, and it most certainly did. When I pitched the idea to Dj Mavric he was down and so was I. Below is a short clip and some images from the session.
A year ago I saw one of my favorite photographers, Oleg Tityaev used this technique on one of his images and I was utterly blown away by the results. I was so excited when a few months ago I came across a video on YouTube published by Good Light! Clips. Photographer Michael Zelbel Intel a detail "BTS" on how to achieve the "Water drop Effect"
This past weekend I was in search of some inspiration for an up coming shoot with my dear friend and amazing model Tasneema H. I already had the tools and always wanted to do the effect, then something clicked. Not only did I do the "Water drop effect" I added my own spin on it and oh mannnnn, we yielded some truly phenomenal results. Chech out some "BTS" and raw images from the shoot, Be on the look out for the behind the scenes video, I am so stoked about this shoot!!
This is some really good stuff, please check out the video!!!
This is by far one of my most intimate projects to date primarily because it is so personal. An enormous amount of time and energy was spent putting this together. I must admit that I became discourage on many accounts due to the countless road blocks I encountered along the journey. Throughout it all I remained persistent because I knew what my end goal was, and that was to tell my uncle's story. I understand that it is a lengthy video, but I strongly encourage you all to watch it in it's entirety!!! As we transition into this new year I will give the world more of me, I thank God for putting me in the position to do so. Follow me on this Journey people I promise it will be worth it.
For all who do not know the first quarter of 2014 was by far a really rough start for me. On January 1, 2014 my uncle Roger Waddell Pickett Jr. was shot and killed by retired Jersey City police officer James D. Corley, following an alleged dispute between the two men at Moore's Lounge aka Bill and Ruth's in Jersey City, New Jersey. Corley was originally charge with attempted murder and a weapons offense related to a handgun. Given the death of my uncle the charges were later upgraded to murder.
An intimate conversation with Lorenzo P. "My uncle was a soldier" PT2
I want to thank you all for your precious time, patience, love and support, I also want to give a huge shout out to @yourhostmartine for seeing me through this entire process, this could have not been possible without her!!!!
NJ.com posting regarding the incident
We were all moved and effected following the death of Travon Martin February 26, 2012. It stained the heart of the people of America all the way up to our very own president. With all of the turmoil and many travesties we are witnessing all over the country, Ibn and myself were not only inspired but compelled to put this piece together. I feel that it is vital that messages like these are shared among our communities. If this piece resonates with any part of you please feel free to share!!
To view the entire piece please visit the link below, "In loving memory of Trayvon Martin"
"Could have been me, Could have been you"
Written and Directed Ibn Shakoor
Co-Directed Lorenzo. P.
Filmed: Lorenzo. P.
In celebration of my 1 Millionth view on YouTube I will be releasing a project I have been secretly working on for months now! I know some of my followers are probably wondering what happened to all of the painting stuff, because I have been so endowed with photography It has emerged to the forefront putting the painting on the back end. Although I have been busy with the photography end of things I always seem to go back to my roots which is "Painting" Stay tune this is going to be exciting, as always I appreciate the tremendous amount of love and support!!!!
Qiuck Tip #1 Amazing DIY Reflector
I am super excited to announce the first installment of the quick tips and review section on the blog. In this video I show with just some simple items you can create an effective reflector that is useful for bouncing and reflecting light on to your subject. When using the beauty dish I personally like to place the this reflector approximately a foot under the models chin to illuminate any dark areas and bounce light in to the eyes. This is great asset to add to your lighting arsenal and the best thing about it "Its Cheap" On a side note, if you want something less reflective just flip the board on the reverse side and that should solve your problem : )
Form Core Board 20x30in
Quick Tip #2 Shootings with Gels DIY
This is the second installment of "Quick Tip and Reviews"
In this video I bounced around a bit, I wanted to share how I light my subjects with DIY gels, but before I addressed that I shared my story on how I got into photography, lastly I wanted to leave you guys with a positive message. As always I hope that this video was insightful and helpful! Listed below are links to the items presented!! The lighting banks you see acting as rim lights are the very same lights used in all of "How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes videos" I seriously love these lights, big shout out to Joe Edelman for the inspiration. As I always say, "A grain of inspiration is enough fuel to travel the universe"
Hygloss Cellophane Sheets
Hurricane Fog Machine
2Pac Airbrush Painting
Sirui K-40X BallHead Review
Crafted to perfection The Sirui K-40X is an extremely well designed ball head. Suited for the professional and photo enthusiast alike. Aesthetically this ball head is beautiful, it is evident that simplicity rang supreme here. From end to end it is high end CNC coated giving it a nice professional matte-semi gloss finish. With reinforced rubberized grips, beveled groves at the mid-section, and base of the body providing the ultimate grip allowing for maximum tightening to your tripod. This BH has two main dial one function controlling the friction of the ball head, and the other the 360 degree panning rotation. I also admire the blue accent around the dial nob. Solidly built it feels hefty in the hand and with a 54mm ball head is it not shy to the more beefier cameras, averaging a height of 6.1in and weighting in at 1.2lbs this BH has the capacity to support a maximum load up 77.2lbs. It is primarily geared to medium to large format and DSLR's photographic cameras. Now I don't know of any camera on the consumer market weighting anything thing relatively close to 77lbs but just know this baby can support it.
Let’s jump ahead to some of the features, now I would not particularly consider this a “feature” but I am really fond of the overall smoothness of this BH. Everything from the dialing nobs to the articulating rotation of the actual BH is buttery smooth. The large nob contains numerical adjustable friction and a quick locking mechanism screw locking in the dial. What is cool about this once you have adjusted the dial to your liking, you can lock in the tension preventing it from ever budging. The Sirui K-40X has a 125mm expandable Arca Swiss quick- release plate style platform suitable for a variety of quick-release plates. Included on the quick-release plate platform is two bubble levels vertical and horizontal this is perfect for optimal composition, and balancing. Also included on the plate is a red safety button preventing your base plate from sliding off, I find this feature to be very useful because I didn't have this on my last ball head. Although it has never happened I was always concerned about my camera accidentally sliding off hitting the floor, and that would just be tragic so I was in need of a feature such as this.
My impression of the Siuri K-40X it is an absolute winner, this BH is the epitome of professional ingenuity. The overall build quality smoothness of this ball head excites my expectations in performance. As I mentioned in the introduction it is crafted to perfection and virtually indestructible. Aside from the awesome features it packs such as the quick locking pin, 125mm Arca Swiss style quick release plate, two bubble levels and the red safety button. Coming in at a fraction of the cost in comparison to its counter parts, I am sure you will find this ball head a bargain. It is well packaged coming with instruction, extra quarter inch small screw for the “QR” plate, an Allen key, labeled soft pouch, generally you will only see this in your higher end ball heads, and last but not lease a 6 year Warranty you heard that right!. Paired with my Gitzo G-2220 they offer the ideal support, balance and stability.
Sirui K-40X $165
I personally feel that It is extremely important and vital to have a MUA artist by your side when shooting portraits. I primarily shoot people and there are a host of benefits to reap when working with a MUA, just like you have an eye for your craft they do as well. They posses the ability to fine tune your model, and bring out the beauty in your work. Note I am not in anyway taking anything from individuals who do not use a MUA in their line of work, but I can tell you from my personal experience, working with a MUA gives my work that wow factor and that is all I strive for. Think of having a Toyota Corolla and upgrading it to a 911 Porch, and I am not even joking when I say this. It can be that much of an upgrade!
There is a true beauty in collaborating with a MUA, the chemistry, the energy, and emotions are all the things that drives the shoot; they contribute to all of that that. I can remember during a shoot two of the talents I shot got a little emotional after seeing their makeup completed stated "I didn't realize I could look this beautiful!" Another talent had tears in her eyes in disbelief. Having the ability to do that for someone is powerful, you see I live for moments like these. I can honestly say I could not have achieved that without the help of a MUA. I also noticed that the MUA and talent end up exchanging contacts ultimately meeting up for future endeavors. You see this can create a revolving door for more business, so everyone wins!
In addition to acquiring a MUA, assure them that both parties can benefit from the collaboration, also let them know there will be a compensation for their time and work whether if its financial or with prints. You want to work someone who has just as much drive as you. Someone who intuitively understands your vision to where there is an unspoken communications, but this comes with time. Being talented in make up is cool but you want someone who brings things to life! If you can attain one of those he or she is a keeper. If you have yet you find one keep looking because they are out there. Use your resources, friends, family, aspiring MUA, Instagram, Facebook, Model Mayhem, local beauty supply stores, Macy's, Sephora, Mac and all of the above.
Things to keep in mind:
.A makeup artist is your partner in crime.
.They are the overseer.
.They can bring out the beauty in the work.
.They correct the imperfections.
.They make the work of a retouch-er so much easier.
.You can not do it alone.
."Team work, makes the dream work"
Now that I got that out of the way, I want to shed some light on Ariel Rivera and Michelle Silva! These two ladies are simply amazing at what they do, respectively they both have something special to bring to the table. They are both dedicated, energetic, charismatic, fun, loving, and great to work with. I tend to capture BTS video while the makeup is underway and each and every time I can see that spark of fire in their eyes. I can honestly say that I am truly grateful to have work with people who share the same passion as me. I can go on and on about them, but I will leave it here lol. Check out some of the work I have created with them!!
Lorenzopphotography MakeUp by Michelle Silver