Instagram Shutdown

So a few days ago (from the time of writing this) Instagram and Facebook shut down. Quite a few people freaked out, some with good reason, the people who run and operate their business on these platforms are the ones with that good reason. I can’t imagine what they were going thru when they saw the platform that’s making them money shut down. I do and do not rely on social media for my business, it’s more so that I place WAY to many of my eggs in those baskets when I have this website that costs me money to have.

My goal is to make this site more informative and use social medias to bring people here as opposed to the other way around. I will be engaging more in the blog and showing more behind the scenes content and also share a little more of who I am and why I do what I do. That being said follow me over on facebook and instagram for updates at @mikebluephotography.

What I do like about the shut down was that a lot of people learned the same important lesson, don’t rely on social medias. I think Viners learned that lesson the hard way as well. Putting your all into a platform that isn’t yours and for one reason or another can be taken away from you. I’m speaking more so for entrepreneurs, these platforms should not have so much control of our business, it should be a supplement.

I just wanted to add my two cents to the pot and also announced that I will be blogging here more often and use social medias to direct traffic here. I’m starting to think it’s a little crazy that my instagram is more up to date on content than my own website which again I actual pay to have. Good changes coming soon, stay tuned.

Film.

I love the look and feel of film, I’ve always wanted to go full time with film photography, to have that timeless look. Only thing about film is that it’s a little costly and it’s not to high in demand.

I recently acquired a 4x5 large format camera, it takes large images and well technically has a lot of detail. I can only take one image at a time for it is a 4x5 inch sheet film so to process is worth more per photo. What I do love about it is that I’m one of the few that has one and can “up-sell” or have that slight advantage that I have what most do not. But even then I have something most don’t that is so niche. I love film but currently digital is just more convenient for me at this point and time. If I see there is more interest in film, then I will add it more to my work flow but as of now, digital it is.

Vlog 1.5

This is adding to the first vlog I posted. It’s a bit of a rant but it was important for me to share thing and I hope it can help at least one person out there.

Britany (NSFW)

The last time Britany and I worked together was just about 5 years ago! Met her through a mutual friend and had recently bumped into her at her work place! We then caught up and reconnected which lead to us discussing about doing another photo shoot together for old times sake. These collection of images are the result of us collaborating and seeing each other again for the first time in 5 years. Hope you enjoy what we created together. It was an amazing feeling to reconnect with an old friend and working on creating some art work that I've had in my head for such a long time and she allowed me to express these looks, even after taking a modeling hiatus, she still killed it and is so talented at posing it was as if she never stopped. I suppose the saying is true, if you learn something well you will never for get how to do it, just like a riding a bike.

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Check out my kit link to see all the gear I used for this shoot! https://kit.com/mikebluephotography/photography-kit


Shawnassy

What drew me to Shawnassy was her eyes, she has gorgeous beautiful blue eyes. Even though I sucked out all the color by making them black and white you can still tell through the images that she has amazing and clear eyes.

This was our first time working together and she was still in high school at the time but has now graduated and is now looking into some colleges and plans to move out of the city, possibly the state. It was an amazing time working with her, Shawnassy is an extremely talented model, she was able to pull off the exact look, mood and feel I was aiming for with ease, it's a rare fresh breath of air when I work with people who can model with minimal direction and nail what I am looking for.

These are the images we created, all were done with a Sony A7ii and 2 profoto d1's. Was tethering the images into CaptureOne which is my all time favorite RAW processing software. These are affiliate links and will help/support me immensely! I'll add a link to my gear list incase you are interested in purchasing something I own.

https://kit.com/mikebluephotography/photography-kit


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Andrea

Andrea

Fell a little behind on blog but I'm coming back strong with content! 

 I met Andrea somewhat by accident but at the same time not really, let me explain.

So I was in my studio collecting my gear for an on location shoot and then a producer stopped by and asked if she can use my common area space to prep the models for hair, makeup and wardrobe for a music video they were filming in the parking lot and I said yes. Then she walked in and later popped up on my people you may know and then it took from there. It's interesting how the world works, being at the right place at the right time is so true. So glad to have met her and work with her these are the images we produced together.

This has been one of my personal favorite sets. It was amazing seeing someone do something different from what she normally does and was able to add value to her portfolio by adding something that is a little closer to her and how she looks like and that sticks out in her instagram. It's a different look for both of us and I feel that we both needed this different change of pace so to speak.

Gear I use to create these images was 2 Profoto D1's - Sony A7ii - CaptureOne Pro - Photoshop - 2 PocketWizard. I will have some affilate links for some gear if you're interested in purchasing anything it will help me immensely!


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BTS of the lighting set up as Andrea reviews the images.

BTS of the lighting set up as Andrea reviews the images.

Carly. (NSFW)

For old times sake.

Carly has seen my photography literally when I first started. I use to attend the Art Institute of San Antonio to get a bachelors in photography. I've met some amazing people there, some that will be friends for life, Carly is one of them. She was always there to help me from the very beginning, in both portraiture and nudes.  Any time I had an idea she was willing to help and this time we both had the same idea and put them together. What has always attracted me to fine art nudes is how real they can be, theres nothing left but the person and who they are. There is no clothes to judge how their life is or isn't, theres only the true, natural raw beauty and this is my interpretation of nude beauty shots and I love how real these feel, you just get lost in her eyes and her being nude comes second and it's these types of images that fulfill me. These are the images we created together.

Gear: Sony A7ii with the 28-70mm lens and both profoto d1's 

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Ashley. Te amo. (NSFW)

Well, at least that’s what here tattoo says haha. This was my first time working with Ashley Tejeda and I must say she did an amazing job, I’m in love with the images we got!

This was also my first time doing bare bulb lighting, it’s a little different with Profoto heads because the bulb isn’t exactly exposed, it’s behind a frosted glass which is what made want to give it a try and I have to admit, I really liked the lighting. For the most part I use to hate seeing harsh lighting, but now I understand the appeal!

As I was telling Ashley during the shoot, I want to go back to being a photographer and not a retoucher. I hated myself with how much time I’d spend on editing an image or thinking that I “had” to edit an image. I don’t want to make it look as if I had to retouch the girls to make them look good, I want to women that they look amazing without photoshop. So now my retouching is just that, retouching, now I work hard to give the images a look as if there was no retouching done. I am now focusing on taking pictures of people being real, not extra posey or over doing anything just simple, original, authentic and raw beauty with a hint of sexy. In my eyes women are gods (or whatever your belief is) most perfect/imperfect design, only reason why I say imperfect is because we can bleed, die, hurt and break, and well I to photograph the beauty and turn into my art. So I’ll go as far as the people are willing to go with me as far as showing their bodies and expressing their femininity and Ashley allowed me to both push the limit and show her and who she is as much as possible and I thank her for that. These are the images we created.

 

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

New face. Tori

Tori Smith

It's always interesting photographing new faces. I love meeting people and hearing their stories and aspirations in life. It both humbles me and reminds me I'm doing well in life. I get to do what I love and sharing that with people is amazing to me. 

This shoot unapologetically boosted my confidence in myself and abilities simply because this was her first shoot ever and I was able to couch her into these looks and poses. It felt fulfilling and exciting to see that my 7 years of both experience and investment is paying off. Not trying to brag or anything but I sometimes have to remind myself, "I'm not the best nor the worst." Only thing I can do is advance from here and its nice to see it. I've invested 7 years and about 50 grand in my photography journey, I'm ball parking going to college, equipment and studio rentals. 

Tori has her hopes and dreams of becoming a fashion model and I see so much potential in her, as long as she keeps practicing and doesn't give up, I know she'll make it. That being said if you'd like to book her for a shoot let me know and I'll link you guys up! Hope you enjoy the photos we created we were going for naturally sexy and beautiful.

Gear: Sony A7II with a 28-70mm lens. 2 Profoto D1's, one with a 4 foot softbox and the other overhead with an umbrella for fill and a Alienbee as the hair light with a westcott 1 foot softbox with a grid.

Sony A7II 1/125 f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

Sony A7II 1/125 f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

Sony A7II 1/125 f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

Sony A7II 1/125 f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

Sony A7II 1/125 f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

Sony A7II 1/125 f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

Sony A7II 1/125 f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

Sony A7II 1/125 f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

Sony A7II 1/125 f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

Sony A7II 1/125 f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm