Dallas International Fashion Show

The Dallas City Performance Hall was a nice venue for the 2nd Dallas International Fashion (DIF) show. The DIF was presented by Trendy Africa Magazine and was co hosted by the City of Dallas. There were several special guest in attendance, including Councilman Dwaine Caraway. The Emcee's for the show where comedian Wamilele and Jennifer Onwumere. The show included designers; Nick Rose, Aphropolitan, Blokes N Divas, Style is Innate, Bose Trendy Beads, TeKay designs, Studio D’Maxsi, Wumi O, Elizabeth Mae and Lucas Escalada. The designers displayed some incredible. 

From a photographers perspective, it wasn't an ideal setting. The Dallas City Performance Hall has a stage so there's no traditional runway. The models came from the back of the stage, two by two. Then one model went left the other went right and walked along the side of the hall. They then walked up to halfway section and carried on to the other side, then went back to the stage, making a complete circle. The media was seated on the front row, I knew then that would be an awkward place to shoot the event. I shot about half the show from the front row, then I moved the sides where the models would walk after they left the stage. That was a much better place to shot the models. I was able to stand and shot them straight on, versus from a seated perspective on the front row looking upward. Overall I got some good shots from different locations in the Hall adding a nice verity of shots. 

Here are some shots from the event, you can click "here" to see the entire gallery. 

Latino Fashion Week® (LFW™), Dallas – 2014 Tour “Beyond Exceptional”

Back on May 1st, I had the pleasure of photographing the 8th annual Latino Fashion Week 2014 tour in Dallas. LATINO FASHION WEEK® |LFW™| is the only full week and tour dedicated to Latino Fashion in the United States, showcasing top Latino designers from Central and South America, the Caribbean and the U.S. In its eighth year, the theme for LATINO FASHION WEEK®, “Beyond Exceptional,” exemplifies those in the Fashion Industry that continuously push the boundaries of excellence.  LFW™ is a showcase of all that is fashion during the 2014 Tour in the cities of Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. 

The event featured local designers Binzario CoutureCaritoCaróElvira DíazHueso Outlaw by Anthony MuelleKHG by Krystle Holnes and Rulli Torres.

SISU Uptown Resort

SISU Uptown Resort

The event was held at SISU Uptown Resort. The fashion show itself was held by the pool, which created a challenging environment to shoot in. There was no runway, the models walked along the side of the pool, and walked over a platform that was placed across the narrow width of the pool, then walked back where they came from. There were quite a few photographers there, so space was tight.  I arrived early and I was able to get a decent spot to shoot from. It was interesting to see the late comers jocking for position, even getting a little pushy. Lighting at a fashion show is always a challenge, and it was no different at this venue, especially with an outdoor event. The lighting was uneven along the pool side and there was a spot light at the other end of the pool that caused lens flare, I just deleted most of those shots with the lens flare. Overall, I was still able to get some good shots and I met some really nice people. I big thanks to Delia De Avila from LFW for approving my press pass. 

Below are a few shots from the event, click "here" to view the entire gallery.

InfiniteLUXE Fashion Show | 3.22.14

Last Saturday, I photographed a fashion show hosted by Curvy Fox and Choices Boutique. The fashion event showcased spring and summer collections from local Dallas designers, Curvy Fox, Sade Wooten, Jaggad Hanger, Pink Sorbie, G3 Concepts, and Fly’ish Clothing. The event was held at Gilley's Dallas with sounds provided by DJ Dirty Rae

This is my 5th fashion show and I'm enjoying them more and more. However, It can be challenging shooting a fashion show, because you never know what the lighting will be like. For this event, there was a spotlight that lit up the runway, which made it easier to get the shots exposed and in focus. 

Here are some of the shots from the fashion show. Big thanks to Melanie Arango, Bel Flores and Mario Abad for the press pass to the event. Click here to see the entire gallery.

The Lust for Gear


The cost associated with being a photographer can be very discouraging, especially if you have professional aspirations. When I started looking at pro gear, reality hit me in the face - this stuff is expensive. I can't afford to spend $2,500 for ONE LENS. It's depressing. I had to make a decision early on that I would not go into debt buying gear. Instead, I'll just work with the gear I do have. So far I've successfully fought off the lust for gear. I wondered, how do all these professionals afford all that high end gear? Inquiring minds want to know. This is where networking or listening to professional photographers comes in handy. I began to learn a lot of the trade secrets. I found that a lot of photographers don't own all that gear, they rent it - that was a ah-ha moment. Renting is a great way to get access to really good gear without the expense of buying it. I started renting higher end gear, and a whole new world of possibilities opened up. I have a good camera body, Nikon D7000, so I've only rented lenses so far. I rent for the following reasons:

  • Test the gear to see if I want to buy it in the future
  • Photographic project
  • Special shooting situations
  • Shooting for a client

Lens Rental

This past weekend I met up with a photography club to shoot a couple of models at the Mandalay Canal, Las Colinas - Irving, TX, which is a great location. I heard from other photographers, that the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S lens was a great lens for shooting portraits, so I decided I would rent the lens and test it out. You can rent camera gear several ways, local camera store or online. I use to rent camera gear, the prices are reasonable and it's convenient. The gear is shipped to your address and when your done, you just ship it back. I looked at renting from a local camera store, but I found there prices much more expensive.

When I got the lens I noticed how "used" it looked. I knew then this must be a popular rental. I shot with the 85mm 1.8 for several hours and I was really impressed. First was the model shoot, then I went to the Galleria to shoot the Galleria Dallas Runway Revue event. This lens is as good as the reviews say, the focus was quick, does well in low light, and the images are sharp. I noticed when I shot the runway models, the images were soft, but that was my fault because my shutter speed was a little to slow. Overall I was very impressed and I will definitely buy this lens. Below are some if the images taken with the Nikon 85mm 1.8.