"more time to go out and shoot, more time for inspiration."
Can you tell us how you got started in wedding photography?
My journey with photograph started in 1999 when, already a passionate amateur, I got my first money taking photos in a boat, a small cruise ship. Since then I started to work in the tourism area, specially in resorts. The faith and the events took me a few years later to Mexico, until I accidentally started to shoot destination beach weddings of american people getting married in the East side of Mexico, a new world for me. But after many years working for a huge company, I decided to follow my own path and instinct, leave everything I had and start a new life and my own company at 4,500km distance from where I was living. It has been a huge change in my life. I was looking for not just making money shooting weddings, but trying to make the difference, do my job seriously but with an authentic and passionate way, do what I really want and in the way I want. Since 2010 I'm living and working in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico but I travel a lot for my job, the best job in the world.
What was the first camera you ever purchased?
Pentax Espio 738G, an excellent point and shoot camera LOL It was 1999, one year after this camera came out
What's the latest piece of equipment you bought?
A hand strap for my Nikon D5 and a Manfrotto Luminuse 3 LED light
On average how many pictures do you take per wedding?
It changes a lot, depending on so many factors. But if you need an average, for ten hours coverage, between 3,000 and 8,000
How do you find inspiration?
Browsing and browsing in the world. I watch a great movie for example, I take a look at some actors, director, cinematographer 's name and work, I google it, then I see what they did recently, how they started, what is inspiring them, and the research goes in another blog not necessary related with the previous article, and so and so... One things took me to another place and another and you travel a lot LOL, and of all this shit, you just take what you want for you, for your purpose, you learn from it. If it helps you much better, if not, it was just such a good time invested in visual culture and baggage background. That's how I inspire myself
What would be your dream assignment and where would it be?
I can't tell you, I still have to find it. So far? Behind the scene photographer at one great concert at the Wembley Stadium. Between the crowd, the stage and behind, wow, loving the idea.
How do you spend your day away from the camera?
I adore photography and it takes a great portion of the day, between inspiring me, studying, editing or preparing contract etc., you always breath photography if you are time full time pro. But to take photos it must to be always a pleasure and never an obligation. That's why apart than wedding, I usually dedicate one or two days at week for some street photography, it's my training, and inspiration at the same time. But once I see something that could be valuable or just worths to remember, I always snap a photo, it doesn't matter if it's with an iPhone. Honestly, I think there is not a day that I don't take at least one picture ..... MMMM.......
How much time did you spend editing each week before The Image Salon?
Weekly I don't remember, but every wedding, to have it fully well done, it was taking me maybe 10-12 hours, in my case it means 3-4 days because I can't work more than three hours straight on Lightroom, I got bored and my eyes become tired.
Why did you decide to outsource? Why did you choose The Image Salon?
Because I know that my time is valuable, the same amount of time I spend editing a wedding, I can dedicate it to do something more important, and it goes in the same path with your priorities. I prefer to study, to master my skills, to just relax my self, to give to myself a moment during the day, a moment of quality. I heard from many colleagues about The Image Salon, and when I started to investigate more (because I'm picky) , I loved what I found. After a few tests, they now know which my requirements and guidelines are for editing, so I'm sure they take care of my photos with professionalism and love :-)
Now that you outsource, how has your business benefited from the extra time you have?
For sure two things: more time to go out and shoot, more time for inspiration: browsing the web searching for great and interested stuffs or read a book, or watch a couple of movies