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San Antonio – TX

A few headshots around San Antonio’s River Walk Park.

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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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Lovers Lane SF

Who said you need to be a couple to shoot at Lovers Lane in SF?! Meet Mr. R. He needed a few portraits for personal use and he wanted a unique outdoor place as a backdrop.

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Cannabis Balm that works!

I am getting old and I just don’t recover as fast as I did before. Luckily, I was contacted by the founder of this amazing miracle cream. It works! My left knee thanks me every time I apply it. BTW, they don’t only sell the product but they use it as well.

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Finance Couple

A couple that plans their finances together stays together. Meet Mr. E and Miss. J. They are a powerhouse in the financial industry. They personally help me with my investments and retirement funds. Both are very friendly and super knowledgeable of how your money can work for you.

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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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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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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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Ulorin Vex – Portrait Session – Model Development

Did you know that your whole body needs to be fully lubricated to wear latex? No? Well, neither did I until my last photoshoot with British Alternative Super Model Ulorin Vex!

I’ve never shot an alternative/punk rock model in the past, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Before the shoot, I checked out her website, and it was filled with some of the most creatively beautiful / crazy-looking images I’ve ever seen. From doing mostly corporate headshot around Silicon Valley to shooting a latex-wearing, red-haired British model with nipple patches… the transition wasn’t easy. The most risque shoot I’ve done before this was when Adam Pisoni, the CTO of Yammer Inc, decided to take off his tie and shoot outside! *gasp*

After the initial awkwardness of me introducing myself, “Hello Ummm I am Moses… I’ll be taking your pictures today.” and her replying with (in an English accent) “Good to meet you.” Pip pip, cheerio, carry on.” – I added that last part; the shoot went great. We took some full-body pictures, several headshots, and a couple of portraits. Below are some of my favorite images from the shoot.

Ohh, and one last thing… huge thanks to the super sexy and talented Jodie Truong of JodieStudio for creating my new logo.

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