6 Minute Model Shoot ~ Benamoz Headshot and Model Photography Edmonton

6 Minute Model Shoot ~ Benamoz Headshot and Model Photography Edmonton

What can you do in six minutes?
Brew a good cup of coffee, skim a magazine article, Something About Mary’s “6 Minute Ay-abs”, maybe, but a photography session? It is possible when you have a great team and all of the right elements!

To describe the session (it will take me longer than six minutes);

1. The perfect setting – the beaches of LA, quiet, in the month of December, the sun was very bright but there was a haze, acting as a diffuser over our models. It was almost directly overhead in the noon-day sun. You often hear other photographers talk about the horrid and harsh nightmare of mid-day light, but this session did not exactly suffer because of it. In this case, a high-key, GQ-look was what I was after.

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2. The Perfect Models – my models (and yes, they are a couple) really were pros. I say this after working with many models, sometimes over more than a few hours to try and generate the look I achieved here. I am always after natural gesture and this couple ruled in this area! The ability to work with models who do not require coaching is invaluable – sure, there is directing, but not coaching when it comes to true pros!

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3. Time Crunch – at times, there is nothing more motivating than being under a tight schedule. Of course, I am not a fan of this, but when you need to get a job done, you have two options. Get it done, or don’t!  The variables that lead to a hectic schedule can drive you nuts some days, but through a combination of trained study and work with some of the greatest photojournalist photographers, not to mention the world of weddings has prepped me for pretty much anything.  Nothing says “get going” like a call to cocktail hour!

4.  Less Time in Post – the better the photo means  less time in Photoshop.  ‘Nuff said.

Photography…specifically work that causes me to stretch (given over a longer span of time) is my true passion.  When I am approached with a project and the only stipulation given is ‘just run with it’, it truly opens the door to so much more creatively.  Which leads to…

5. Time.  The ever-evasive element I seem to be chasing.  This session, however, may just have proven me wrong!!

Interesting days…more to follow!

Benamoz
Freelance International Photographer
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“Serenity”

When I photograph a subject, I not only wish to capture them within a certain moment in time, but to catch the essence of their very soul – at times revealed in just a flicker in that moment in time. Creative Portrait Installment 2: Serenity prayer in New York City.
Photography by Benamoz Ltd.
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“Love in Gesture” Award-Winning Photography ~ Edmonton

Love in Gesture - Awarded Photo of the Week by NAPP

There is a story to be told in every photo!  One of our images was recently voted photo of the week by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

In NAPP’s post, Larry Becker states “I’d bet Benamoz gets a lot of referral business from happy couples. Look through his couples portrait sessions and you’ll see Madison Avenue quality work that could easily be in a bridal magazine or perfume ad. And since his clients are the models and he makes them look so good, I’m sure they love his work. The image Love in Gesture is an equal mix of art and portraiture. There’s a great frozen moment in time where both subjects are obviously happy and the soft focus on the subjects works really well here to amplify the dream-like quality of the moment. Such tight cropping eliminates the possibility of all distractions and just the couple and their smiles are featured. The black and white post processing is a nice choice and the overall image is quite artistic. He has a good eye.”

 

My Groom Waits – Editor’s Choice – #Viewbug

My Groom Waits

A beautiful bride looks out the window just before meeting her husband-to-be. This photo captures the bride’s sense of calm before the bustle of the day’s activity is about to begin.

Taking the time to capture an image such as this during the getting ready portion of the wedding day, gives her a moment to pause and reflect on all that is before her.  A unique ‘getting ready’ memory that brides love to have from their wedding day! An inspiring photograph voted “Popular” on 500px.com.

Photography by Benamoz Ltd.
http://www.photographybybenamoz.com

New York City Model Session

New York Model Session:  Photography by Benamoz

Just a few images from my rooftop NYC Model Session!  Special thanks to our model Nicole for a job well done.

 

 

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A special thanks to 5th Floor Studios in Queens for their fantastic location.

Wonderful space and fantastic rooftop view!  Highly recommended team and wonderful to work with!

~ Benamoz

Glamorous Garden Wedding at the Fairmont

We have special wedding to share, a glorious and modern event set at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. Complete with a gorgeous couple, beautiful gardens, an elegant dress and breathtaking design!  Come celebrate the wedding of Danielle & Michael!

Thanks and enjoy!

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Romance in the Ruins

 

 

 

 

This location and couple had us at ‘hello’!  Take an ultra-windy day (we love these kinds of days) and a couple that look like GQ models in love that are ultimately, definitely not shy in front of the camera…well, folks, this is how award-winning photos are made!  See their engagement story in photographs below (just a few) – and for more, see the video here!

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Romantic Mountain Wedding at Lake Louise

The wedding day of Jason and Christine started out at sunrise, a dreamy scene, warm, serene and at the home of our brides parents on the outskirts of Calgary, where a beautiful tea ceremony was held.  How can you go wrong with such a vibrant palette of colours, all the family gathered around — not to mention beautiful traditions and gifts for the couple! Following the tea ceremony, Jason carried Christine on his back (as is tradition) to the getaway car which took them to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ceremony and then the hotel’s Victoria Room reception, all nestled in the gorgeous Alberta Mountains.  We were taken away by the warmth and good hearts of our bridal couple, the love they had for each other and the beautiful surroundings!

Congrats to you both Jason & Christine!

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Living in the Moment

“Couples choose unplugged weddings not just to ensure the quality of professional images. They also do it to keep guests engaged and focused on the ceremony itself.”

Bridal ipadI recently read an interesting article from CNN entitled: “When snap-happy guests go too far” all about photo-bombing at weddings.This hits very close to home for me as it is a very real scenario at many weddings we photograph.  One of the worst scenarios I have ever encountered in this regard, was a very small wedding of about 30 guests, 85% of them had a camera phone (including a sweet, but very busy 5 year old) pointed at the couple for the entire ceremony and during the signing of the wedding certificate.  The guests were crowded around the signing table to the point that I was unable to get in front of them for this all-important photograph.  Later, the bride actually apologized to me as she clearly understood what had just happened.A photographer within the CNN article quoted: “It’s not me that you’re hurting, it’s the bride and groom and those who have been invited,” she said. “You don’t want to be the person who blocks the first kiss not just from me, but from other guests, or whose flash ruins the shot when the bride’s father is crying as he walks down the aisle.”

As much as social media, selfies and status updates are a norm, we are finding that couples are drawn to the unplugged wedding. Some of our bridal couples have even requested a little blurb from us regarding “no photography moments” during their wedding.

The following paragraph was written by an anonymous author (I wish I knew who, so I could give credit to where it is due) but I have found it fundamental to photographing the natural gesture at weddings that we love to capture; i.e, not having to look past those cameras and camera phones!

Canada’s Top Photographer Nomination!

I knew it was going to be a good day when I opened my mail to find a message from Bride.Canada informing us that we have 4 finalist images for TOP engagement photos throughout all of Canada!  Having this number of images to the finals from one photographer has never been seen, and so, we were given special recognition in honor of breaking a record!

We love the creative process within engagement sessions – the possibilities truly are endless!  Capturing couples as naturally as possible, loving life and each other, un-posed and in artistic form is what we literally live for.  It’s nice to see that our hard work, travels, (throughout Canada and the USA), and our long line of happy couples, gain a second look.  There is much more to come…and we can’t wait to post our finalist photos for TOP Wedding Photography! (coming soon!)

Thanks for voting for your fav photo here! http://on.fb.me/17KcpeK

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A Beautiful Vintage Wedding

Beautiful Canadian wedding below, the full (complimentary) beautiful photographic story album can be viewed here in video format. 

Enjoy!