You are doing everything right but you photos doesn’t look 100% OK? by Jose Photography & Design

Maybe is time to work with people smarter than you

We as photographers like to pretend we know it all and can control everything but the truth is that although most of the time we can have the job done, there are lot of talented people in their own areas that can help us to take our images to the next level.

Look for a makeup artist, hair stylist, wardrobe stylist, etc to help you do that and you will be amaze how much you can learn from them.

The 2 persons above are Yuri Kondo (MUAH) and Joan TH (Wardrobe Stylist) to wonderful people I have the pleasure to work with, click on their names to see their work.

Another way to improve your photographic skills by Jose Photography & Design

It is amazing how much you can improve by remaking your old photograph applying your new set of skills. here is how I did it
The image below was my favorite by 2013 when I took it, and there was a reason for the black background
1. It was cool to do it in camera to impress my friends
2. I didn't want to spend time scouting for a place that fits the shoot, so why not kill the background.



Now that I have new set of skills I decided to redo the image doing what I was supposed to do in first place.
But now I got a problem, my kid has grown and I didn't want him to look like a pervert looking at a Ipad in the darkness, so I adjusted it a bit to keep the same spirit as the original image.



It took time to find the right place, decide the time of the day and wait for the right weather, but it was 100% worth the effort. 

Want to do great photography
 the easy path doesn't take you too far. 


How to find your own style as a photographer by Jose Photography & Design

I don't know any single photographer that has kept a single style during his/her whole artistic life, any style is in constant evolution.
Life experience, practice and constant experimentation are nurturing your unique style, be patient.

Just be yourself, we are all different and it will reflect in your art.

Taking a photograph or Making a photograph by Jose Photography & Design

Every picture I take is like the main ingredient for an unique image, very rarely I'm please with an image right out of the camera.
I believe that tweaking the photograph I can add personality and a distinctive style to it, not on purpose but as a result of realizing my own vision.
Some people might like the "out of the camera" version better,  however it is not always about pleasing others but about realizing my own vision, and that is what keep me loving what I do.

Photograph Taken

Photograph Taken

Photograph Made

Photograph Made

Do you want to learn photography? here is your FIRST LESSON by Jose Photography & Design

Be human


I love taking pictures of people, and through experience I have learned that many times we (photographers) hide behind the camera and never really connect with the subject we want photograph.
For me connecting is not only about introducing myself and handle business cards, but  about gaining people's trust through honest communication, understanding and respect.

If you want people to give part of themselves to you... earn it.