I truly and honestly enjoy taking photos. It's hard sometimes to continue shooting film because it can cost so much. And it's hard to make a living out of it because nobody want to hire a photographer who shoots film because they even think it's too expensive. From here and there I get offered a gig and I would turn it down depending if I was feeling it or not. So I have two things in the way of the money, my stubbornness and cost. And when I do accept gigs it's usually for a friend and I'd do it as a favor and charge them just the processing fees and gas. I don't charge enough to pay the bills, but that's why I have a job.
An old friend of mine (Pedro) hit me up one day and told me about a friend who wants to model. Pedro thought of other photographers but somehow was drawn to my style and chose me for her first try at modeling. Pedro was also willing to pay, I didn't charge him anything, just for gas an processing fee but a little bit of what I have left from it paid for my food and gas and that goes a long motherfucking way though. I appreciate Pedro for picking me to do this shoot. I met up with Pedro and the model, Lupita in Little Italy around 430 pm. When the sun is soft and building provide shades on the westside of the street. I spend last night looking through my old photos to find inspiration and looked through my friend's Instagram for inspiration and thanks to their creativeness it helped me with my creative block. I get nervous at every shoot, every time, and that will never change. To my surprise, Lupita did a good job at modeling. Basically she worked just the way like, all natural. I just had her be natural as possible and I would just snap away. She was great and the shoot went smooth, quite surprised of how well it went considering this is her first time in front of a camera. Yes there's some improvement of course, but that will come when she's more comfortable in front of me, and I can already till she's getting comfortable.
After the shoot I met up with David a.k.a Bojangles, a friend and a member of the DudeBlvd Crew. David is one of the photographers I love and respect, he started out as a young photographer to help out with blogging materials for DudeBlvd Crew and we just clicked. After I ended the DudeBlvd Crew and site due to personal issues me and David remained in contact and meet up once in a while to eat and simply talk photography. I admit, David was not that great of a photographer, he was just pure and really enjoy taking photos. That's all I like in a photographer. I sat with David today to check out his photos from his recent trip to Japan and I was thinking the shots are going to be just okay. I was curious to see Japan through his lens and to my fucking surprise, his shots blew me away. He definitely matured and advanced on his skills. Watched a clip of his vlog that looked like a clip from Viceland Media, and he showed me his new blogging materials he hasn't post yet and he captured Japan's car scene perfectly. I can't wait to share his work once he gets it up on his site.