Archive for June, 2013

To Smile or not to Smile :) George Strait on the July cover of Cowboy and Indians, with a smile.

I find myself avoiding smiles in photographs, in many cases I don’t find them authentic, especially a straight on smile.   However, I understand  that in every job is important to give the client the option.  You take the shots you like and then you cover your butt with the other options.  If it’s a smile or something you wouldn’t photograph for your personal work. It’s just a question of doing it as well as you can, after all, this a job and ultimately you need to please the client.   You need to learn to live with the possibility of them picking the image that wasn’t your choice.  The smiley face or something that doesn’t agree with your “eye and sensibility”.  Eye and sensibility, words appropriate for an art book if you are Michelangelo.  Probably a hot shot photographer will tell you to “just give the client what you want” but in reality is good to be humble and give options.  Leave arrogance to the hot shots and give the client a smile :)  If you enjoyed this BLOG and want to stay updated on what I do please LIKE ME on facebook by clicking here.

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Blogging. Why use for dummies.

 Trying to save you from making my mistakes.

This is my FIRST post on and I am pretty excited.  At the end of last year I started my blog using (very important to see the .com detail).  After pressing a bunch of buttons, trying to figure how it all worked, I gave up after the first post “Hello world”.  I let it sit for a while unused, feeling a little overwhelmed by the complicated process.  A few months went by and I had another burst of energy after seeing my photographer friend Jeff Hawe’s blog.  Simple, clean, I liked it immediately. Shortly after seeing the blog I emailed Jeff asking him.



“What do you use for your blog?”.  He replied “Blogger, it’s easy to use and free”  “Easy to use” is all I wanted to hear at that moment.
Now that I learned more about Blogger, easy to use and free would be the only reasons I would use it.  I signed up with Blogger and within hours I was up and running with my new beautiful blog that looked just like Jeff’s but I guess that’s what you get with a free service.  Everything seemed perfect and I started happily blogging away.  Months went by and I quickly realized the limitation of my new dreamy blog.  The slick dynamic template that I was using didn’t allow basic functions like sharing the posts with facebook or adding specific widgets.  They gave you the option of sharing with Google+ but not Facebook. Does anyone use Google + anyway?  Blogger is owned by Google, they prefer shooting themselves on the foot and loosing users t

han giving the share with facebook option on Blogger. I spent days going over the net trying to figure out ways to crack the code to get what I needed and started learning more and more about the limitations you have with blogger. I realized that to have the share options I wanted, I had to change template and crack some more code AND, AND, AND.  Weeks went by, my brain was smoking, my success was limited and I started reading about  Finally a Blogger Guru from India named YOGA and a super nice guy who specializes on Blogger Dynamic template emailed me through his blog to let me know that what I wanted to do was not possible with Blogger.  Thanks to YOGA I realized it was time to make the move to