Ricardo Sevilla's Blog

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.

“There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.”
― Abraham Lincoln

For Valerie



Those who surround themselves with photographers tend to be in the unique position of always being subject to a possible candid portrait of sorts. Why? Because photographers, who are passionate about the craft, tend to always want to photography anything worth remembering. 



And some of these individuals also tend to be the ones who inspire such photographers to play with their imagination.


Thank you, Valerie :). Your sense of curiosity and creativity comes to me as a refreshing glass of water. 



Photo Shoot with Sara


So I walk down the stairs, trash bag in hand, to place into the dumpster. I noticed a red pick up truck parked in from of my neighbor's home. It was parked at a peculiar angle, engine running, with a faint image of a person behind the wheel. It was a bright day, and the reflection of the windshield prevented me from seeing who was behind the wheel. A woman, attractive, comes out of the car and gets something from the back seat. Walking back towards the main door, she looks at me and waves. I wave back. 


"Your daughter goes to the ballet school across the street right?"


Hmm, how does she know? She does look a bit familiar.


"Yes, she does."


"I've seen you there, my daughter also attends."


"AHH! Yes, I remember you now haha! So what are you doing around here?


"I teach Yoga right next to you."


"What? There's a yoga studio next to my place? How cool!"


After talking for a bit, I take her info, and I attend one of her yoga classes. An excellent teacher, she had me bruised for days haha. That was incredible. She was also pretty damn impressive. Most yoga practitioners I know do very simple relaxed poses. She made my muscles question sanity during one of her classes. It was incredible. 


I begin following her Instagram and notice her posts. Truly an inspirational person. 


Weeks go by, and I begin experimenting with a new lighting technique; low key lighting. One day I say to myself, "I would like to photograph an athlete, to make muscles more pronounced with this style. That same day she posts on Instagram, and I quickly send her a message to see if she would be interested in a photo shoot. I explain the concept, and she was totally in!




Granted, it doesn't look like much, but I was pleasantly surprised with the final shot. 



Sara made the entire photo shoot seem pleasant, and above all, very easy for me. In fact, she made me feel like a professional photographer haha. She helped me learned much from this technique, and I look forward to building upon what I learned. Now, low key wasn't the only technique we played with. 



 The antics of a photographer haha.  Sara was such a pleasure to shoot with, and I look forward to more collaborative projects with her.