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Fashion Line – KMABELLEMINA Vintage.Glam.Unique

I met Mina back in 2008 when I was just starting to get serious with my photography. I planned a crazy photoshoot involving 3 MUAs, 7 models and help of a very skilled photographer, Mark Sebastien. Mina happened to be one of the 3 MUAs and she did an amazing job with the models. After several months of our initial collaboration, Mina contacted me to take pictures of her new fashion line which she co founded with her friend Kathy. From their grass roots humble beginnings to their super awesome fashion show happening this Friday 10/21, KMABELLEMINA continues to impress with their vintage glam style of clothing that is truly unique.

Below is a sample of their Summer 2011 line:


Strobist info:

  • Beauty Dish right above the model on an AB800
  • Huge white reflector on the ground infront of the model
  • 5d MK2 1/125 power to let some of the afternoon ambient light come in


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Jessica – Graduation Portraits

A Master’s degree from Georgetown University… Good Job Jessica!

I consider Jessica to be one of my really good friends; she’s also one of the few people who can tell me to ‘stop it’, and I will actually listen! Jessica recently approached me and asked if I would be willing to take her graduation portraits; after much deliberation on what style we should use, we ended up going for a traditional set-up.

I should really just take pictures of the set-up so I don’t have to type so much, but for now, here’s a quick breakdown of what I used:

  • Beauty Dish on a AB 800 at 1/4 power on camera right.
  • AB 800 at 1/2 power pointed at the backdrop.
  • Reflector at the opposite side of the BD.

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I have always wanted to get a Master’s degree because I always have believed you could then put “Master” in front of your name, similar to getting a doctorage and being able to use “Doctor” in one’s signature… but alas, this is not the case. Either ‘Master Moses Sison’, or ‘Moses Sison, Master’ would be a pretty good salutation, right? *sigh*

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Jill Greenberg Style Lighting

One of my favorite photographers is Jill Greenberg. I’ve always been fascinated with her “Babies Crying” headshot / portrait project. I wanted to recreate something very similar but I didn’t really have any babies lying round to shoot let alone make cry so I had to improvise.  I asked my girlfriend and her friend to model for me one Sunday afternoon and below are the pictures we ended up creating.


I actually used a lighting break down illustrated in one of  David Hobby’s blog entry but I replaced the ring light with a Lastolite Trigrip for fill. I actually won that reflector at the Flash Bus Tour in San Jose. I am probably going to use this headshot / portrait lighting when I shoot a couple of execs up in San Fransisco this weekend.

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Softball Playoffs

I don’t really photograph sporting events, actually to be more specific, I’ve never photographed sporting events. Headshots and portraits is what I tend to shoot on most days, however, last week I was given the chance to take pictures of my company’s softball game. I wasn’t too nervous because the pictures were only going to be used for internal purposes but I did learn a thing or two about sports photography.

Things I learned:

1. Be careful especially if you’re close to the action. I almost got hit by the ball a couple of times. It’s definitely safer inside the steel gates but the gate sometimes gets in the way.

2. AF pointer set on Auto. I usually have my AF centered. I pick the spot I want to keep in focus and recompose but the action happens so fast that I can’t really keep up. So my best bet was to set it in auto and go with the flow.

3. One needs a monopod. I don’t own a monopod but I do see almost all sports photographers carry one. Let’s just say that 70mm – 200mm 2.8 IS gets really heavy during the 4th inning.

4. I like sports photography. I think I’ll do more in the future and get a 1.4 extension to lengthen the focal length of my lens.


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