First walk.

Originally written on April 16th 2016.

We took Mila for a walk, the first one since she was born. It was only two blocks to our friend's house, but it took some preparation. It was windy, cold, she was sleeping and the stroller we had was broken, wobbling and difficult to push. Fun. 

I took my camera to register the whole thing. The photographs you see here tell little stories about this walk and the visit to our friend's place, the suburban empty landscapes, wind, changing seasons and our older daughter, Gabi, becoming a teenager. I am also trying to tell a bit of Olivia's story.  A 3 years old that is stuck in her house watching TV, dreaming of being a ballerina and happy to see the new baby on the block.

For the Nerds.

I've used a Nikon D610 and a 20mm 1.8 for all the shots. I like the wide angle and how it incorporates more of the environment on the photos. I've been playing lately with some film presets for lightroom, trying to mimic film photography look, but I've come to the conclusion that this is just silly. From now on, If I want film nostalgia I will just shoot film. Final post processing is very subtle as I was trying to keep the photos as real as possible.

Thanks a lot.

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PS. Feel free to ask any questions and comment, I will answer every single one. Technical questions are welcome too.

Spring Break

Spring Break 2016 and I'm back from a 5 year break. I'll tell the whole story later but the truth is that I got really burned out after photographing weddings for 3 years and then immigrating to Canada, from Brazil, with my family. It was a lot to take in a short period of time and photography was put aside.

I barely touched my camera for at least 3 years. Actually,  I barely had a camera, only a D90 and the kit lenses that were the third backup when photographing weddings.

I have this instinct to photograph. I see pictures, stories, colors, textures, everywhere. It is stronger than me and hard to control. 

I am embracing this instinct again and starting from scratch. I can't control it.

I'll be looking around for families that see beauty in the chaos of daily life. Families that love real moments, raw energy, real life and know that they are unique and beautiful the way they are.

That's how I feel about photograph. That's how I feel about life. That's what drives me.

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Just to warm-up, some little stories about our days here during this Spring Break. Nothing crazy, just tired parents and a bored 12 year old gravitating around little Mila.

These photos were taken using a Nikon D90, a 50mm 1.4 and a 20mm 1.8, both amazing lenses. I've been playing a lot with colors, learning how they relate to each other, shifting some hues and trying to find my own language.

Tip.

If you want to get these bright, whites you'll need to:

- Have a bright, white room. Obvious and true. It

- Overexpose your pictures a bit. Maybe more than a bit, like +1 stop or more. Try measuring the light on the dark areas.

- Use bright lenses. I would say that a 50mm 1.8 is a must have. The Nikon one costs only 200 and is amazing.

I guess this is good for the first post.

Thanks for reading

D.