I had the opportunity to photograph a very rare occurrence here in San Diego. It is not often that Royalty from the Middle East makes it way into San Diego. I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful Gala for an organization called Roads to Success that provides aid to Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Jordan. They raised over $500,000 in funding and supplies to take over to the refugee camps.
This event was packed with some of the most charitable personalities in San Diego and I was lucky enough to make friends and get great photos of them with the Prince and Mayor Filner. The event was held at the Hilton Del Mar located across from the Del Mar racetracks. It was a smaller hotel, but for only having two months to plan, organize and host this event I was sincerely impressed with what the organization was able to pull off. Things were a little crazy, but you can tell that people really enjoyed the event and had a good time.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the night. If you attended the event and want to see the entire gallery of photos you can visit here.
I love the body guard's intentional photo bomb here. I could not help but laugh and either could the Prince.
It is not often that I get to take photos with Royalty so at the end of the night after shooting over 800 images in 3 hours I decided to ask my new friend, the body guard, to take a photo of me with the Prince. He was very nice person and very humble. We were very fortunate to have the Prince of Jordan in San Diego.
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SKLZ is a top of the line athlete training facility that just opened up its headquarters in Carlsbad. When I say top of the line, I mean top of the line. This place had everything an athlete could ever want. I wish I had access to a place like this when I was playing football back in the day. The athletes at the facility consist of local high school athletes, to NFL draft potentials, to actual professional athletes from the NFL, Softball and PGA. It was a really impressive event and I was stoked to be shooting the event and learning about the facility. Below are a couple of photos of the facility during its grand opening.
SKLZ had people passing out free shakes to the people in attendance which we delicious.
The PR company that hired us wanted some product shots of the drinks being served and my assistant and I go creative with flash here to make for a more interesting lit photo.
Here is one of the athletes performing the 40 yard dash while be electronically measured.
We were fortunate enough to have photographed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt again this week. This venue is one of my favorites now. We have shot here quite a few times in the last year and I feel like I know this place by heart. A communications company hired us to document their President's Club event where they celebrated their top sales associates and staff members. They hired us to produce a slideshow for their awards ceremony using the photos that their staff took throughout the trip. This task was not an easy one, having to sift through close to a thousand blurry and poorly taken images and finding the gems was a tough one, but the client loved the final product when they say it play on repeat all night.
The main reason they hired us for the event was to document their awards ceremony and they had us take their group photos and take photos of all the award winners and print 5x7 photos immediately for the winners to take home that night. They were very please with the photos and I guess this is the first time they ever had them printed onsite which was to everyone's delight. This saved them a lot time by not having to print the photos themselves and then mail them out to everyone. Below are some of the photos from the event.
Congratulations Roberto Pagliari!
Roberto captured this shot that almost looks candid with its true sincerity. With comfort and great posing, the smile and light in the models eyes captures your attention for a great portrait. The second part of this photo that finishes it off with perfection is the editing Roberto did to smooth the skin and brighten the face.
So, you are looking to buy a 70-200mm for a portrait lens, but you just can’t reason with the price!? We have been there and we understand that is why we have decided to give you the top 5 reasons directly from Jason Kirby of why an 85mm lens is the next runner up!
While the 70-200mm is the ideal portrait lens, price and size make it less convenient. What does Jason say about choosing the right 85mm?
“While the fastest and coolest 85mm is obviously the f/1.4, Jason recommends the f/1.8 85mm lens. The f/1.8 is substantially cheaper than f/1.4 and is equally qualified to get all the amazing pictures.”
Congratulations Pnina! Pnina took this photo with a point and shoot camera with the help and direction of Jason. She got this photo with a great perspective and spectacular Bokeh effect. Pnina took this photo at the Landscape & Macro Photography Class. Make sure to snag one of the last 4 spots in this
weekends class on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013! Make sure to reserve your spot today because this class is small meant for more attention and questions answered!
Building a photography community has brought the need to acknowledge photographers who show exceptional work. Therefore, we have the ‘Photographer of the Month’ chosen by the Right Light Photography giving the spotlight to those in our photography community that deserve acknowledgement for their contribution, photography style, and business. Once a month, we share a BIO, interview, and everything that is special about our chosen photographer.
I am pleased to introduce March’s Photographer of the Month, Ben Reeve!
Marina took a softer approach to portraiture, which I think is under utilized. With a dynamic pose from the model and an emphasis on her eyes, Marina caught the background and light from the natural day in perfect unison with the lighting set-up for limited shadows on the models face and a beautiful shot meant for a magazine. The lighting of this photo is very whimsical capturing a very attractive portrait by the ocean. Marina took this photo at the How to Use Flash Outdoors Like a Pro! Photography Workshop whose instructor, Jon Campbell (20 years experience) is hosting his One Light Portrait Photography Workshop this Saturday, March 16th, 2013!
Let’s get started with some fun facts about the 50mm lens, shall we?
Awesome tip about the 50mm lens: “It is called a “normal” lens because of the way it renders perspective that closely matches that of the human eye.”
Also known as “standard” lens because when used it makes the viewer feel like they were there in the moment you capture!
50mm is a staple in every photographer around the world’s bag… fact? Not entirely sure, but I would put money on it only because the 50mm is amazing, unique, and one of the most affordable lenses out there. That being said (and giving away some of the reason) I will be presenting the top 5 reasons why every photographer needs a 50mm lens in their bag ASAP!
Congratulations Paul B! Paul captured a seductive headshot here, off centering the subject and creating a severe bokeh effect. You can really tell he created an emotion in the models “body” (more like face) language and caught the shadows perfectly in this entrancing shot. Paul B took this photo at the Headshot and Portrait Photography Class that is being held again this Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 at 2:30pm! Make sure to reserve your spot today!