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May 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

When I started doing photography, I never planned to make into a business. I became a photographer because I loved it. It was a way for me to express myself. But time and opportunity led the way to make what I love into a source of income. Even today, I still see my photography as art and not business. The day it becomes business and not art will be the day I call it quits. I promised myself I would not make this into a job. This was also true of my wife, Maria, who joined be and became my colaborator for weddings.

Armed with Canon cameras, my wife and I, decided to work together doing wedding photography capturing those special moments and creating artistic portraits as a team. Although I been a photographer for almost 10 years now, I learned something valuable the last two years, having a team or collaborators is a cool thing. No I'm not meaning like getting a whole mess of photographers and have them work for me. That produces cold heartless photography. What I mean is having a partner on one particular wedding to get a different perspective when doing the photojournalistic part of a wedding.
That partner has to have the same mentality about photography in the sense that this is art. What they capture has to be the essense of the moment and event. It's not about pushing a button and asking to get paid.

Here comes a rant...

I have a bit of fit with something that is going on in our industry. Something that many of us professional photographers have a problem with and would probably agree with me. Recently, we've been seeing, and I'll be honest, losing wedding bids to people who have no intention of building a photography business or even a side business who charge very, very, very, very little. I even heard that one couple paid $100 to photograph a wedding. Of course the couple got what they paid for. Low quality photos. I will tell you why you shouldn't hire your friend or your friend's cousin to photograph you wedding.

First of all, you get what you paid for. Just because someone has a big camera doesn't mean they will take good photos for you. Wedding photography is nerve wrecking and you get what shot at them. If you dont know how to use the ISO, shutter speed and f-stop do, then that could be the different between shooting beautiful photography to amazing photography. People who have no interest in photography and just want the money produce phtoography that can't be compared to a professional photographer who take the time to learn tecniques and perfect it to produce images that they feel proud of displaying. Second, experience. Weddings are not easy task. You get one chance at them, you need someone who has been around the block and no where to be at the right time. Third, satisfaction is a priority for professional photographers because they want to impress you and usually you get a little bit more from a professional photographer. Fourth, hurts business, mostly all photographers have secular jobs to sustain themselves. They take lowly jobs just to get by because photography doesn't pay for all their bills for photographers who are barely starting. When you hire a random person to photograph a wedding, you are pretty taking away business from talented people who really want to make what they love into a stable main source of income. Of course, it goes without saying that some people can't afford a professional photographer because of their budget and that's understandable. But don't hire a random person to snap pictures at your wedding to save a money when you can afford it. So if you are planning a wedding, please, do it right. Hire a professional. We don't mind losing to other professionals but random people...C'mon!

Now going back....

*sigh*

I got that off my chest. But it goes with this blog. My wife and I, decided to have in our team two more photographers that, simply put, see eye to eye on photography. It's an art to us. They both have their own photography companies and we don't mind. Honestly, we don't believe in competing against other photographers. There is tons of people always getting married. So there is no need to compete..unless you are not a photographer.

Krissel Rivas and Sarah Cecilia are two amazing photographers that we have the privilege to work with. Krissel from Tijuana, Mexico and Sarah From San Diego have an amazing talent and love for photography that keeps you coming back to see what's next. We needed two photographers to make sure we have the capability of doing two weddings on the same day or to substitute us if one of us gets sick.

Recently, we decided to have four different projects with our own little group of our Black Rider crew (aka models). The results were amazing. It definitely showed all our styles compared to each other. Here is my favorite ones from the shoot from all four shoots from last saturday.

Photographer Sarah CeciliaPhotographer Sarah CeciliaProcessed with VSCOcam with m4 preset

Photographed by Sarah Cecilia

Photographer Krissel RivasPhotographer Krissel Rivas

Photographed by Krissel Rivas

Photographer Krissel RivasPhotographer Krissel Rivas

Photographed by Krissel Rivas

Photographer Krissel RivasPhotographer Krissel Rivas

Photographed by Krissel Rivas

Photographer Sarah CeciliaPhotographer Sarah CeciliaProcessed with VSCOcam with m4 preset

Photographed by Sarah Cecilia

Photographer Sarah CeciliaPhotographer Sarah CeciliaProcessed with VSCOcam with m4 preset

Photographed by Sarah Cecilia

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium

Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider

Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider

Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider

Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider

Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider

Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider

Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer Krissel RivasPhotographer Krissel Rivas

Photographed by Krissel Rivas

Photographer Sarah CeciliaPhotographer Sarah CeciliaProcessed with VSCOcam with m4 preset

Photographed by Sarah Cecilia

Photographer Sarah CeciliaPhotographer Sarah CeciliaProcessed with VSCOcam with m4 preset

Photographed by Sarah Cecilia

Photographer Sarah CeciliaPhotographer Sarah CeciliaProcessed with VSCOcam with m4 preset

Photographed by Sarah Cecilia

Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium

Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer Krissel RivasPhotographer Krissel Rivas Photographed by Krissel Rivas

Photographer Sarah CeciliaPhotographer Sarah CeciliaProcessed with VSCOcam with e4 preset Photographed by Sarah Cecilia

Photographer Sarah CeciliaPhotographer Sarah CeciliaProcessed with VSCOcam with b6 preset Photographed by Sarah Cecilia

Photographer Krissel RivasPhotographer Krissel Rivas Photographed by Krissel Rivas

Photographer Krissel RivasPhotographer Krissel Rivas

Photographed by Krissel Rivas

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer Krissel RivasPhotographer Krissel Rivas Photographed by Krissel Rivas

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium

Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium

Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black LiliumPhotographer The Black Lilium

Photographed by Maria Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider Photographed by Tony Ruiz

Photographer The Black RiderPhotographer The Black Rider

Photographed by Tony Ruiz


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