Tag Archives: Moses Sison

Telecom Headshot

Everybody needs a good headshot regardless of what industry you are in. Meet several folks from a bay area telecom start-up. Att/Verizon better watch out!

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Eye Doctor

I am lucky to be able to photograph my optometrist. My left eye suffers from a cataract and she referred me to an amazing cataract surgeon. She’s extremely friendly and very smart to boot. Message me if you want a referral.

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Banker

Banking is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. Miss L. approach me needing professional headshots for the bank she works at, and I am glad I delivered stunning photos that really capture her friendly personality.

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2 and a dog

I don’t often do family photos but I can’t help say yes if they include a dog in the photo!

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MVNCI Royal Court 2014 – Portrait Session

Mimicking the wonderful Dan Winters. I love the way he edits and brings out such character in every single portrait.

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Camille and Christophe – Fitness Modeling Session

I’ve always admired people who can devote their time and energy to keeping your body fit. As a photographer, it’s hard to carve out time to go to the gym and work out. The motivation is not there… until, of course, you do a fitness shoot! I had the pleasure of shooting this sweet couple a few weeks ago.  As soon as I finished the shoot, I went to the gym for about 4hrs! I’ve been running at least 6 miles a week now and eating healthy. Long story short – headshots, fashion, and portraits are awesome, but photographers should really do more fitness photoshoots… it’s good for their health.

Strobist info: black muslin background, 2 gridded strip boxes at AB800s, and one flash behind the camera for a bit of fill.

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Johnny La – Portrait Session – Actor Headshots

I LOVE doing headshots for aspiring actors and actresses. Why do you ask? Well let me count the ways:

1. They can take direction. Look up, look down, look straight into the camera, slight smile, no smile, are just some of the directions I give when shooting a headshot. Folks who have studied acting respond to these admirably.

2. On top of taking straightforward directions well, they can also understand “meta” directions. Directions such as look flirtatious, look villainous, look innocent, and so on are never followed with, “What do you mean?” They know what I meant and they execute it flawlessly.

3. They show up on time… or even early. Actors and actresses tend to be very punctual or even early for the shoot. They don’t arrive 30min late then start acting like a diva demanding make-up and hair done ASAP! They are super humble because they understand how hard it is to work with someone who is a pain in the arse.

4. They are in The Zone with me! This is important because they know that it takes two to make a great headshot, the photographer and the subject. They live in the moment and match each other’s energy right from the get-go. The Zone can be lonely sometimes so it’s always nice to have someone there with you from time to time.

With that said, I truly enjoyed my photoshoot with Mr. Johnny La several months ago. He’s a great guy who exhibited the 4 things I listed above. Here’s a preview of our shoot. Check out his website at www.johnnyla.com.

The lighting was inspired by one of my favorite headshot photographer, Peter Hurley. http://peterhurley.com/

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Kim and Mary – Portrait Session – Outdoor Sun

For the longest time, I’ve always thought of Sacramento as boring, stuffy, and old-smelling. I envisioned that people who live there talk about the Senate, House, and the “State of State.” Sacramento’nians, to me, are all politics and no fun. But after meeting and hanging out with the adorable, super fun, and semi-crazy Mary and Kim, Sacramento doesn’t seem all the bad anymore.

It was the fall of last year when we decided to do a “Sun Kiss” photoshoot inspired by the photography of John Agcaoili. Both of the ladies came over to the house right before the sunset, and I started debriefing them about the shoot. We chose to shoot during “Golden Hour” because I love the diffuse warm light the sun provides during that time.  I’ve been scouting for locations to shoot this concept for weeks now, and we actually ended up near my house in a deserted horse ranch. It was a relatively fast and very efficient shoot because I’ve worked with Mary and Kim before, so I barely had to direct them, and we transitioned from one shot to the next seamlessly.

The shoot went so fast that we actually had enough energy to do a completely different shoot when we got home. I was going for the whole Terry Richardson (NSFW) look where the background is about 2 stops hotter, and the model is about 1 stop overexposed. Using only 1 ring flash as my light source, I put both Mary and Kim in this small white box meant to be a “computer” area in one of the rooms. It worked like a charm. The light bounce around everywhere, giving me a nice even background, and much of the details were kept intact.

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Victoria Barajas – Portrait Session – Model Development

The stereotypical “model” stands at about 5’9″ at around 145-150lbs. A study done in 2002 showed that among top editorial fashion agencies in Los Angeles and New York, 81% of their “editorial fashion” models were 5’9” and above; 15% were between 5’8” and 5’9”, and only 4% were below 5’8” tall. With these statistics in mind, some women are often discouraged from pursuing modeling as a profession due to their not meeting that height ‘requirement.’

Then you have the rare case of a girl so damn driven to pursue a modeling career that even if you threw a book of statistics at her, it would never deter her ambition to pursue this career track, and Victoria Barajas is an excellent example of such a lady. Proudly standing less than five feet tall, I met her on set at the Candy Factory in Fremont during a photography meet-up. Victoria’s attitude and professionalism were top-notch, and I was genuinely excited to work with her. Vincent Gotti, as always, had assembled a great group of stylists; Roy from Hair by Roy got Victoria’s hair “did,” Prince Kaleo dressed and styled her, and Carla Tersini did an amazing job with her makeup.

Victoria is a very talented model, and I would not be surprised to see her in print soon.

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Eva Luna – Portrait Session – Model Development

Photographing a model with extensive dance background is very different from photographing a model who grew up modeling. I had recently had the opportunity of photographing Eva Luna in my favorite studio, The Candy Factory in Fremont, CA. Vince Gotti, the Director of Photography at GEV Magazine, set the shoot up and contacted the amazing hair stylist Roy from Hair by Roy along with the always fabulous Prince Kaleo from The Armoire Closet to create a fantastic photography set.

Eva was so interesting to work with. Unlike most models who move from pose to pose, Eva fluidly moved throughout the entire shoot. It was up to the photographer to guide the movement and capture an instance of its most beautiful state.  Now I would never give this posing advice when I am doing corporate headshots or portrait photography here in San Jose / San Francisco area, but for some reason, she was able to make it work. Maybe it was because she was a dancer, maybe she was just really good at what she does; no matter what the reason on how she made “fluid posing” work, I am looking forward to working with her again in the future.

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