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One Photo Lino | One Photo Every Day

One year ago I started a project with my child. It was taking a photo every day, in a simple, easy setup at home. I wanted to teach him consistency and also how $1 per photo was nothing in the beginning but little-by-little it was going to be a significant amount for him and a lesson for his life.

My child is not famous for wanting to save or for keeping long term projects, like every kid, he needs to see the result immediately, but this time it worked, he is excited on getting one dollar for every photo that he can't actually spend until his birthday (I keep $1 bills and give him after the shoot then he adds on a home-based piggy bank).

Even when we didn't get the 150 photos (I share custody and he is back and forth from houses), he got excited yesterday (on his birthday) when he counted and, after his Birthday Party, we went to downtown and he was available to buy a used Xbox. He called immediately super proud "Dad, look what I bought with my own money and I worked my butt off for it". Now, for the first time in his life he is asking me for more "job" and wants to continue our project for another year, and maybe this time we will get really one photo every day and all the 150 expected, and maybe he can buy a new Xbox (and I have one year to convince him on a better choice! :). The best of all? My pre-teen is letting his photographer-mom continue making her job of wanted to photograph him ;) Win! Win!

The idea is to create a giant collage for the wall and so, every year... I will be making a post of how I am using the photos and how I will print it professionally. They are not fully edited more than just passed to black and white... They are not perfect, but all together are a beautiful composition and a special time that we will cherish forever. 

The setup was simple, I used two big foam boards (bough in art-supplies stores)  taped to make an "L", on the left I have a wall and a window, I used just a little of the window part as a light over his back and hair and used a white foam board (sometimes) on the front to reflex some light on his eyes... all super easy, homemade, we took just 5 photos each time,  2 minutes shoot and usually after bed or before school.  The project is called #onePhotoLino and #onePhotoDay. Let me know if you would like to try it and I would love to see it... Feel free to ask any questions, I could make more posts to explain more, but today, I am exhausted, with summer and the busy wedding season, and his home-made birthday party.!

Check out some of my favorite photos, the first one is from July 2018 and last was in July 2019.

Enjoy a slideshow with all the photos taken from July 2018 until July 2019 - 

Here you have a BTS ( a photo straight of the camera), you can see the set-up (when I open the foam boards that I keep folded on the wall), the window is on the left, and a stool where he sits.


Recomendaciones para el día de tu propuesta

¡Felicidades en tu propuesta!

Seguro llevas muchísimo tiempo preparando el momento, por eso documentarlo y fotografiarlo debe ser una de tus prioridades a la hora de planear ese día. ¿Cuántas veces no quisiéramos saber la cara que colocamos, o cómo estaba él, qué llevabas, cómo era el lugar, ¿cómo reaccioné?. Nada se asemeja a vivir el momento, pero cada vez que vemos una foto nos ayuda a mantener viva la memoria y recodar los detalles, volver a sonreir y poder compartir nuestra historia a nuetsros futuros hijos ¡Y hasta nietos!

Sino puedes contratar a un profesional, concéntrate en planear ese día pero después de tomar en cuenta estos datos que te voy a dar y, con tiempo mucho mejor, así que ese día no tengas que preocuparte más que por tu propuesta de matrimonio.

1.- Visita el lugar, y si es posible, a la misma hora que planeas hacer tu propuesta. Lo ideal sería que fueras con el fotógrafo, tu amigo o familiar quien va a tomar las fotos. Estando en el lugar visualiza exactamente cómo va a ser la propuesta y selecciona el punto exacto donde vas a sacar el anillo.

2.- Lo ideal es que ocurriese al aire libre donde no hay otros elementos que distraigan, o de ser en interiores un lugar bastante "minimalista", bien iluminado que no necesite encender muchas luces y, de ser posible, con luz natural. Por ejemplo un balcón. 

3.- Trata que la hora sea cuando el sol está más bajo y que el sol esté detrás de vosotros o de un lado (en la espalda de tu pareja), así  podrá ver bien el anillo y no nos arrugará la cara :), lo que quiero decir, es que no le de el sol de frente a la cara. No siempre es posible seleccionar la hora porque muchas veces necesitas que seal al mediodía, entonces busca un lugar que tenga sombra. Este dato es muy importante y la razón por la que debes visitar el lugar antes. Si es un viñedo por ejemplo, busca un área que esté bastante en sombra pero con luz como entre los arboles, detrás de una pared, con una pérgola o techado.

4.- Ese día procura que tu pareja tenga las manos arregladas. Todas las fotos se enfocarán en ese momento en que le estás dando el anillo ( y además de seguro que querrá compartir con todo el mundo y se tomará muchas fotos ella misma para compartir en el social media).

5.- Tu vestuario, mientras menos distractivo, en este caso, lo mejor. Pequeños estampados que compitan con el anillo no es una buena idea. Los colores claros reflejarán más luz sobre el pequeño objeto y no será una distracción; y los colores oscuros en sitios mas bien luminosos, canalizarán la luz y ayudará a ser el punto de enfoque. En dado caso, colores sólido es tomar el camino más seguro. 

Aquí puedes ver la entrevista hecha en Univison Area de la Bahia y , a lo último, puedes ver el tip que doy para tomar fotos desde un iphone ;).

The Generation With No Photos

Yes, I know… anyone with a smartphone and a camera is calling themselves a photographer, and the image they snap is called a photo, or if you took a photography class then it’s called a photograph.

But I disagree, it is an image and not a photograph. Images will disappear over time and your memories with that single moment captured in time.

My new phone has 256 GB (the same as RAM memory on my MacBook air); can you imagine how many images I can take with my phone of my son? A lot!

So, by the time he meets the love of his life, and get married, what photos will I show out of millions I have taken of him? When his children turn five, what memories of his childhood will he be able to share?

Imagine that my phone last 30 years (the truth is that it lasts 4, but my memory card is full in two months), do you think my son will be able to skim through thousands of photos to find that image he is looking for? No! Simply, no.

Think to be tech-savvy and that you know how to move from an operating system to another over the years. Do you think in thirty years those photos will still be organized and accessible? It will still not be that easy.

Your phone is for taking images to share NOW, to share with your friends on Facebook or Snapchat or Instagram, and it’s a piece of ephemeral media – not permanent nor transcendental.

This generation is going to miss out on the everlasting memories as they rely on handheld devices to capture life’s moments in an instant. 

We all enjoy sharing our life with family and friends around the world, so please continue to use your phone and social media because you never know what could happen in a few seconds, but when you have the opportunity, get an actual, physical camera with a decent resolution. You need to think about your children, and the coming years too!

Below is a list of things you can do to preserve those memories over time.

1. Edit the photos instead of retouching them. Make a selection of photos from the month and of the year – keep the best of every memory.

2. Invest in a reliable backup system.
 We can talk in detail about that in another post.

3. Print. This is the most important. Even when consumer labs are not professional, it is so much better than have nothing. Make an album or photo box or something creative to showcase those special moments in your loved ones’ lives. When your son is ready to start his own family, you can give something to him.

4. Get a polaroid style camera, they are very affordable nowadays. I love our mini-instant. They are pretty cute, and again... It’s better to have something in your hands than a million things in a hard-drive that will not work in 10 years.

When you are ready to make the investment, hire a lifestyle professional. It will allow you to be in the photos and the professional will be able to get the best shots and make everyone feel like a superstar!

What are some other benefits of hiring a professional lifestyle photographer?

1. Your photos will last for generations to come. Lifestyle photographers are experts in capturing life and photographing the essence of who you and your family are.

2. Professionals photographers use quality equipment that aids in high-resolution images for bigger prints (and screens).

3. The photographer will execute the entire process from beginning to end, and your photos will not disappear in the back of your desk drawer because you are going to have an actual physical and archival piece on your hand.

4. Professionally documenting your family is a financial investment, so you will take better care of it.

5. You will make memories with your lifestyle photographer. These images you will save forever in your heart and in all the mediums possible.

6. You will have a tangible product that you can hold, and you will install or save it in the best place of your house, a forever reminder.

7. A professional photographer is the expert and knows about the best and professional photographic papers, about print, calibration, ink, and how an album can survive for a lifetime. 

8. Just think that your great-grandchild will be able to hold and look at a beautiful, clear photo of your life.

The Gold Jar & Depth of the field

What do you do when you have a lot of work to do, but your little plant that survived a big move is sad, and is asking for attention?

Put your work aside and have some little details to brighten your day!

I am sure you have some paints around, also a jar... remember put some pebbles on the bottom before the soil, and pint it using paper taping technique for a "modern" look and for having fun.

Awww! It looks so cute on the Philippe Starck stool

Photography Tip: Do you remember that I always have a camera with a wifi card? Yes, my small camera is for these tiny things that makes me happy! The photos go directly to my phone, and because my tiny apartment is still a mess from the moving, I open the aperture A LOT (f /1.4), so... I can have depth of the field, and you can’t see the mess on the background! But also, it can create an interesting focus, and make more attractive a simple subject that you want to talk about.