Hello everyone! Wow 2015 has really made an impact so far, and I hope all of you are working hard. Sorry it has been a while but I have been so busy and as we speak I am on an extended stay in California. But I will save that for another day because I really have a lot of things to share.
I looked back on 2014 and am so thankful for all that has happened to me and all that have supported me. There are so many hard working individuals out there and I want to acknowledge some of them. Every great picture or video has a great team behind it and the success depends on a joint effort.
I recently shot a video/photo shoot with some amazing people. Titles “SWEAT”
I am going to take a couple blogs to tell you a little about each of them.
The photographs I can not show you yet, they are waiting for publication in the March issue of Elegant Magazine. But they were shot by Carlos Velez.
Carlos Velez is a 22 year old full time student at UCF majoring in Business Management and minor in Marketing. He began to love photography at the age of 12, where he found his passion in photography by constantly taking pictures of random things. In high school, he found a love for graphic design and got a DSL camera. People started noticing his work on social media and he started a little business taking pictures for friends. After high school, he took a couple years off to concentrate on college. In 2013 he rejuevinated his love for fashion photography and has been shooting ever since.
I asked him a few questions:
Whats your favorite style?
I feel like I’m still developing my style. I think it’s a little eclectic right now, so I’m working on really finding my signature style. I’m mostly attracted to the New York aesthetic.
Something you want people to know about you?
Overall I love what I do, and I LOVE working with people that enjoy what they do as much as I enjoy what I do.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I mainly focus on fashion photography. I sometimes dabble in commercial fashion photography when an agency requires it, but my true passion is high fashion and New York style editorial work.
Carlos says in 5 years, he would like to see himself graduated and working in the industry in New York. I am sure you want to see more of Carlos work and follow his experiences. Check him out at :
Video editorials are a big thing right now. They are bringing fashion to life. I love it, it allows you to interact with the concept. Now let me introduce you to the videographer Daniel Kuykendall. You may have seen some of my other video he has shot, he did my Wet Seal video!!
Daniel lives in Orlando with his lovely wife, Jess, and their adorable baby girl Scarlett!!
A few questions I asked Daniel:
How did you get started in photography?
In middle school my dad took me to Splendid China which had all these large miniatures of the great wonders of China. He taught me manual photography and forced perspective on his old film Konica SLR. I used those photos in a school project on China and everyone in the class thought I took a trip there. That was when I learned the power of a photography. I have been hooked ever since.
How long have you been taking pictures and videos?
Since middle school… so wow, 20 years….
What is your favorite style?
I don’t have a favorite but I can narrow it down for you. Landscape is meditative, wildlife is like addictive gambling, people are so unique and fun, advertising is so creative.
What is your dream job?
I am making it for myself right now. I am a creator, to be happy I have to produce something beautiful and functional. Photography has relieved that itch for the most part but last year I started a company focused on making hardware and iOS apps called BitTsar, Inc. It is part of my soul to create solutions for common problems.
Daniel says the most challenging thing about photography is the people, while at the same time he says that is his favorite part.
Daniels creativity has so much to offer please check out his amazing work
Photos of the world: http://www.danielkuykendall.com
Model Photography: http://www.kplus9.com
Video Work: http://www.dkplus9.com
Instagram (iPhone pics only): dkplus9
Here is the link to the video: https://vimeo.com/channels/737358/115915126
I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!!
The model in the video is the lovely Grace Corton. I am sure some of you already know her. She currently is in South Florida working hard and continuing her international model status. She is managed by Evolution Models and is represented by Front Model Management. I know you want to see more of her beautiful self and follow all her big adventures. This girl is amazing.
I gives me such pleasure when I travel with my book, to see how impressed people when I am able to tell them about the talented teams in Central Florida, Tampa, and Miami area. I don’t get a chance to tell you about each and everyone, but I try to always give credit. If you are looking for any professional in this industry from photographers, videoographers, hair and makeup, styling, studios, or models, please look back over my blogs. There are some unbelievable talented people who I am proud to tell you about. I want these couple blogs to give you a chance to get to know a little something about the people behind the greatness.
My next blog will continue with information about this talented team. I know you are going to love following and learning about each of them.