Monthly Archives: May 2009

Jamie’s Bat Mitzvah

I am not an event photographer.  I accepted the gig as favor for a friend.  It was booked over a year prior to the Bat Mitzvah.  I was asked to photograph in my own style and not do the typical Bat Mitzvah photos, so I was at least happy in that aspect.  All in all, the event was a success and the photos came out great.  My friend Andrew Yaniuk also shot with me so I had a different point of view to give the parents.  Something happened pretty close to the event and the videographer canceled.  I did some tweeting and facebook postings and Anthony Quintano got the gig!  I was glad because, as an event videographer, he was able to give me some pointers as well as get some great footage for his video!

Did you enjoy shooting events? No

Since you don’t enjoy it, did you get good photos? Of course silly!

Was Uncle Bob there? Boy was here

Will you shoot another event?  Only if I loose my job and need the money

What did you bring to the event?

  • D700 Bodies
  • 24-70mm f/2.8
  • 50mm f/1.4
  • 70-200mm f/2.8
  • 14-24mm f/2.8
  • 2 SB-900s w/ dome
  • SB-800 w/ dome (backup)
  • SU-800 transmitter
  • Tons of extra memory cards
  • 2 Light Stands
  • 2 White umbrellas
  • Tons of extra AA Batteries & charger
  • Tons of extra Nikon Batteries & charger
  • Lens Cloth
  • Reflector just in case (for family shots)
  • Lastolite Ezybalance Graycard
  • Business Cards
  • Event Cards

Interviewed on

Lawrence Atienza not only brings us some great tips, and info on photography, is a really nice guy, but has also been interviewing professional photographers and weekend photographers.  I am honored to be a part of this series!  Please click over to Lawrence’s and read my interview.  When you are done, check out the archives for interviews with David Tejada, Mike Grecco and more.  Lawrence had the opportunity to interview Chase Jarvis, Zach Arias, Rick Sammon and other amazing photographers which will go live in the future so be sure to subscribe to his blog.

Thanks again Lawrence!

“LAWRENCEATIENZA.COM: What are your immediate goals as a photographer and artist? Are you planning on releasing any how-to books? What are your recommendations to people thinking about starting a photography book as a weekend photographer/ part time photographer?”


Being an eco conscious photographer

I try really hard to be an eco-conscious photographer. I don’t drop things as I’m driving or walking around. I will always go out of my way to find a garbage can or recycle can to put my trash in.  If I am photographing a person where there is a bunch of gear set up I will try really hard to not bother the surrounding nature.

I have yet to spray anything harmful into the environment while on the job and will continue to do so.  Typically I wash my car using EcoTouch waterless car wash.  There is so much that can be done as a photographer to do our part for the Earth.

Here are some of the other thing that I do:

  • Proofing
    • Zenfolio
    • CDs instead of wasted prints (unless the client really wants them)
  • Storage
    • Think Tank Photo bags which use all eco-friendly materials
  • Travel
    • 2010 Toyota Prius (Hybrid) which I will own in the near future
  • Power
    • PowerEx 2700 mAh AA Batteries for strobes w/ Maha 8-cell individual controlled charger