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IFBB Bikini Pro Athlete Ashley Pfaff – Fitness Images

  Publication/Client: Private Commission Talent/Assignment: IFBB Bikini Pro Athlete Ashley Pfaff Location: Las Vegas, Nevada – Charlie Frias Park, City Athletic Club Photographer: Alexis Cuarezma Assistants: Morgan Bellinger BTS Interview Video: Mindy Lyseng-Crawford I was really excited when I checked my inbox in December and saw I got an email from Ashley Pfaff asking if I was available […]

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Alexis - April 19, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Gwen, you’re welcome. I only bring what’s necessary to execute the vision :) Sometimes that involves a lot of gear and planning. Those were actually windows and they were covered with black curtains. Thanks so much for the comment and questions. Cheers!

Alexis - April 19, 2015 - 7:25 pm

Reggie,
so glad to hear. Thanks so much for taking the time to write comment.

all the best!
-Alexis

Alexis - April 19, 2015 - 7:23 pm

Jack,
my pleasure. Yes, these blogs take a while to do. They actually take me 5 days! 1 days of filming, 2 days of editing, and 2 days of writing.
best,
-Alexis

Alexis - April 19, 2015 - 7:22 pm

Hi Milo,
thanks so much for the comment and the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it. Cheers!

Gwen - April 17, 2015 - 8:16 pm

Wow! This was really neat to read. You definitely bring a lot of gear! I love how you organized and planned with the mood board and the color coding, that was smart! In the third to last image, are those mirrors covered with black fabric in the background? Just curious. Love your final results, especially the ones with the misted water behind her. Thanks for taking the time to write all of this up and share it.

Reggie B. - March 19, 2015 - 6:06 pm

Excellent photos. Being relatively new to photography, I want to thank you for the breakdowns and visuals of your setups. This information has definitely helped to fuel my creative thought process and boost my confidence in trying new ideas with proper technique.

Jack Forrest - March 16, 2015 - 1:56 am

Thank you for the extensive write up and great photographs.

It must have taken a lot of time to put to paper.

This post is a great example of the best type of sharing on the net, and, I’m sure, will be referenced by many people (amateurs/enthusiasts like myself and probably some pros). You share the type of knowledge that pros learn with much experience and that is an unknown for us, amateurs, thus, invaluable.

Please continue to share your wisdom!

Milo - March 15, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Beautiful photos, and thank you for all your advice. I photograph in the remote wilderness so my lighting kit will never be this extensive, but I have learned a LOT from watching this video and reading through.

You also nailed it with that beautiful blue sky!

Thanks for making this, I will be referring to it in the future.

Cheers

Clint Dempsey & USMNT – Sports Illustrated World Cup Preview Issue

    Publication: Sports Illustrated Director of Photography: Brad Smith Photo Editor: Carlos M. Saavedra Talent/Assignment: USMNT / World Cup Preview Issue Location: Standford University Photographer: Alexis Cuarezma Assistants: Victor Gomez, Ray Osuna, Victor W. BTS Video: Victor Gomez Looking back at this year, I was fortunate enough to photograph a lot of cool things […]

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Rance - January 19, 2015 - 12:58 am

This was pretty inspiring. I wish I had the opportunity to work on a crew and learn more about lighting set-ups. I thoroughly enjoyed this and how the images turned out. Great post.

Esenam - January 3, 2015 - 7:59 pm

Thanks for being real and sharing this with us all. I’m extremely happy for you and wish you many more success!

Shayne Skov Sports Illustrated Photo Shoot

  Publication: Sports Illustrated Director of photography: Brad Smith Photo Editor: Claire Bourgeois Athlete: Shayne Skov Location: Standford University Photographer: Alexis Cuarezma Assistant: Niall David Cytryn BTS Video: Victor Gomez What can I say? What has been the best unexpected early birthday present you’ve ever gotten?? For me, last July it was getting a call […]

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Yaneck Wasiek - January 7, 2015 - 6:25 am

Great post and tutorial! Very creative use of pocketwizard function. love it!

Lee - May 24, 2014 - 5:46 am

Alexis way to go man. Great idea and terrific way to demonstrate why clients should hire Photographers not button pushers.

Thanks for representing the best of our industry.

Tim McBroome - May 23, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Fantastic use of the pocket wizard feature! I love that SI picked up on your more stylized images. Good for you for being brave and doing your own thing as well.

Robert Ash - May 20, 2014 - 4:20 am

Awesome, very creative idea! Can’t wait to try it. I do understand doing what is photographically best as well as doing what the client wants. That’s my approach too. Great advice.

Tribulations of Updating Your Photography Portfolio

This was 1 of the most difficult images to remove from my book. I did my 1st real portfolio reviews in NYC at the at the Eddie Adams Workshop (Barnstorm 24). When my team editor Brad Smith (who was also the Senior Sports photo editor at the NY TIMES at time) arrived to this image […]

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Robert Ash - February 4, 2014 - 5:38 am

I really like the way you thought through the entire process of updating your portfolio book. I also feel your advice “That’s why I’m a firm believer in getting feedback directly from people you respect.” is, well, picture perfect :) It’s important to respect the right people, of course. But what you’re saying is so true. I’ve been through similar things in print competition. Some comments were right on point. Others, I just shook my head. But it’s all good in the end if you keep your head about you and focus on pleasing your core audience and client base more than anyone else.