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Last year around this time we completed one of the last shoots for Continental Airlines before the merger. We were on four aircraft with more than 30 models and kept it all on schedule. Many thanks to producer Mike Hulsey and our awesome crew.
This (not to be missed) exhibit is opening this Friday (11-11-11) at DiverseWorks, 6 to 9pm. My friends Tara (artist), and Tria (writer), created an amazing art installation based on a doll character that invites you to explore social and gender issues that women experience. We had a fun shoot!
Tear sheets from the 2011 United Way Greater Houston campaign we finished in June.
In August I spent three weeks in Medellin, Colombia visiting my brother-in-laws family. It was a breathe of fresh air. Lots of lazy mornings, lap swimming, learning to salsa dance at family parties and enjoying great food!
Here’s another recently produced tintype of Jennifer Almaguer. I poured three plates for this session. After the first plate I remixed a fresh developer and started getting better results. I really need to keep track of the shelf life on the chemistry. This is the final plate from our four hour session.
I recently produced this tintype of my friend Nicole Haagensen. It takes about an hour to produce each plate and I’m still struggling with this process. Immediately after I develop, fix and rinse I shoot these with my dslr to preserve the image. Sometimes as soon as 30 minutes later the my plates are developing black spots. I know I’ll need to mix fresh chemistry soon to get my plates archival again. The trick is finding out which chemistry is causing the problem.
Had a very interesting studio shoot with Joy Beckler yesterday. Joy is an emotionally intense artist and it was fascinating to document Joy in her element.
Here are some images that will appear in an upcoming campaign for Healthcare for the Homeless.
Outtake from a recent editorial assignment in San Antonio.
After I finish a shoot, I’ll edit for my client, provide high rez selects then store in a folder on my hard drive. Sometimes it’s nice to go back and edit a job for myself. I’ll start sharing some of these images on my blog. Here are two shots from an assignment for Story Boutique.
I really enjoyed working with musician Lise Liddell on this project. Creative Director Kenneth Finch (Finch Creative), had some great ideas to tie into the laced concept. The CD was released a couple of months ago and is now available on CD Baby.
Amazing shoot with amazing people!!! United Way Greater Houston 2011 campaign. Pennebaker Design.
I was on location yesterday for an editorial assignment with a high profile attorney. Between setups I grabbed this shot.
Amy stopped by today for a tintype shoot. It took a little trial and error, but then the wind calmed and the stars aligned. I know Amy as a professional model, but she’s also an attorney and a great photographer. Check out her work AmyDunn.com
This is my first complete pour with the tintype process.
Had a fun shoot with yoga instructor Nicole Haagenson. Thanks Victoria for the nice work with hair/makeup.
Here are a couple of shots from a recent CD assignment with singer/songwriter Kristen Stever. Art Director and Designer Mike Meyers.
Thanks to Creative Director Halina for snapping this iphone pic yesterday and providing proof that I really do shoot in my studio on occasion. This is the last of a series of shoots for an annual report with an international insurance company. Travis, great job multi-tasking as hand model and assistant.
Here’s the latest image from the artist series. Thedra Cullar-Ledford is an amazing artist that is currently working on a series of 50 doll paintings. Retoucher Kia Neill.
Here’s a portrait of Omar. He’s an artist that works with exotic woods. Retoucher Eric Monse.
Had a nice studio shoot last week with artist Tara Conley. The artist series just seems to continue growing with the addition of some very talented artists and strong concepts. I’m looking forward to exhibiting the series soon. Hair and Makeup by Victoria Callaway.
Here are a few shots from my unexpected test shoot with model Lindsay Phenix. Lindsay came in the studio to try on wardrobe for a couple of upcoming shoots we have planned and I talked her into a quick studio test. Great job on the styling by Elizabeth Van Auken and makeup by Victoria Callaway.
Here’s an outtake from a recent editorial shoot with high profile attorney Mark Lanier.
Actress/model Jennifer Almaguer-Finberg was in the studio recently for some new headshots and we stayed after to test some polaroid on the Fuji 680.
Here are a few sample layouts from the United Way Houston campaign. Just noticed they’re hitting local newspaper.
Here’s a recent fashion/lifestyle shoot at a cool club in town. Thanks to Victoria Callaway for the stylish job on hair/makeup and Elizabeth Van Auken nailed the wardrobe and styling. Claire Daugherty also did a nice job as assistant coordinator on the shoot.
My friend and assistant Steven left today on a motorcycle journey to Alaska. Check out his blog,manmachineworld, and keep up his cross country adventure. He stopped by the studio right before he hit the freeway and I burned some film. This is a scan from the fuji instant I shot with the Fuji 680.
Here’s an inside look at the United Way/Houston photo shoot. The “Possibilities” Campaign was unveiled today. Pennebaker/Fifth Ring is the brilliant agency that created the campaign. Great job by creative director Halina Dodd and art director Thomas Moczygemba. My assistant Steven Oster produced this nice behind the scenes video. Thanks to Krista Heide at the United Way of Greater Houston, who we all enjoyed working with.
Just finished up a 2 week project for the United Way. Will be posting more images and tear sheets soon. Here’s my assistant Steven showing off his gray card skills. And check out the old school light meter around his neck! It kind of fits will with the moustache don’t you think.
Time to resuscitate my blog. Had a long posting block mostly due to some personal turbulence. Here’s some of whats been going on lately.
I had a recent shoot for Time Magazine. We were on the tarmac of the Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and had assistance from a very professional group of people at the Houston Airport System. These four architects with ITT are implementing a system that cuts down on carbon emissions from airplanes.
Written by Felix Sanchez, Houston Photographer (felixsanchez.com)
Recently launched my new website. It was redesigned by a very talented web designer, Drew atGesture Studio. The new site has lots of new work and a new food section. One really nice thing is that I’ll have the ability to update the content.
Written by – Felix Sanchez, Houston Photographer (felixsanchez.com)
Here’s some quick footage and an inside look at the Story Boutique shoot. See the final image below and more on my website.
Started a personal project on artists last week with a shoot in Beaumont, TX. Darrell Troppy creates inspiring works of art and was full of energy for this shoot. It was a nice collaboration with Darrell to create these images.
I was on location last week for a fashion shoot with Story Boutique. Elizabeth, Story Boutique owner, is getting ready to launch her online company pretty soon. She did an awesome job as the stylist on set. Also, great work from our makeup artist Carol Wagener. Model: Jennifer Almaguer.
Here are some print samples from a print ad shoot for Wal-Mart. My nephew Charlie is the talent that we used in the gift shot.
Here is a photo tour of my new studio. Still planning to have an opening party, hopefully by October!
Had another great shoot with food stylist Carla Buerkle last week.
I’ve been shooting more often for myself and portfolio lately. It’s a good habit to start. And I’m taking an interest in food as my subject. I picked up fresh veggies and fruit at a local farmer’s market located about a mile from my studio and just played around.
On location with Lopez Negrete for this one. Wal-Mart’s Hispanic/Latin supermarket in Houston is the first of it’s kind. Eric at Pentagraphics did a great job on retouching.
Worked with a great team over at Lopez Negrete to produce a series of outdoor ads for Azteca Foods.
I’ve been working with Sherrie Oldham at S.O. Creative on a awareness campaign for an organization call Healthcare for the Homeless. The name says it all, this organization provides dental and medical care to people living on the streets. I’m so inspired by the emotion that homeless people convey in these images that I plan to continue this work on a personal basis.
Had a nice shoot with a great food stylist last week. Carla Buerkle is definitely one of the best food stylist’s in town and agreed to work with me on producing a few food shots for my book and future promo materials.
Received an Addy from the Houston Advertising Federation for my Brazil images. Jeffrey McKay from Pennebaker also got gold for the final promo piece.
I shot this image of a salon school owner for a Louisiana based bank last year. I spent a week driving through Louisiana shooting business owners that were bank clients. I totally enjoyed meeting these people and exploring LA back roads. I’ve been working on retouching images for my new portfolio and came across this one.
I’ve been shooting stage performances for the Houston Grand Opera for about a year now. These images are from HGO’s performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rigoletto and Brief Encounter.
The creative genius behind my Brazil promo is Jeffrey McKay over at Pennebaker. He had the cool concept to create this 12 page collection of my Brazil images with email pages in between. The emails give insight to some of the shoots and people we met. Additional credit goes to Beverly and Ray at Digital Imaging Group for the retouching and scanning. Printer: Infovine. Copy editor: Rick King.
A successful shoot usually evolves. This is especially true for editorial assignments. Whenever possible, I research my subject and review a draft of the story. Dr. James T. Willerson is a world renowned Cardiologist. He is the Director of Cardiology research at the Texas Heart Institute. This assignment was for an Idea Makers story in this month’s issue of Continental Airlines Magazine. Before the scheduled shoot, I made a visit to scout the facility. I was immediately drawn to the operating room for one shot and found a couple of other locations that would work for the second shot. I was also shown a model of a human heart that would make a really interesting prop. We made all the necessary arrangements and on the day of the shoot I arrived about 2 hours early with my assistant, Len. We pre-lit both sets and only kept the doctor about 20 minutes in each set. Here is the final shot of Dr. Willerson followed by Len in scrubs during the setup process. Len is a great assistant and it’s nice having him to collaborate with on interesting assignments. Makeup Artist: Cinthia Moore.
This was my first assignment for Selecciones magazine (spanish version of Readers’ Digest). This shot landed on the back cover of the December issue. The story is about an amazing woman, Venus Gines, that organizes health fairs around the country to provide education and free medical screenings to Latinas. Makeup Artist: Victoria Callaway.
The studio is finally finished! It’s been a year and a half since I started the building process and has been very time consuming, but rewarding to design and contract this modern metal studio. Thanks to Sam at Creole Design for helping with the plans, and Jim Herd at Collaborative Projects for coming through on the kitchen trade out. I shot several residential kitchens for the Collaborative Projects’ website a couple of years ago in exchange for design and full construction of the studio kitchen. The Brazil work will be on exhibit for an opening party planned for February. You can see more studio interiors on the contact section of my website.
In August of 07 I was in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for two weeks on a self-assigned shoot. This work was created to promote my commercial and fine art photography. I had some really nice advertising assignments early in 07 that made this opportunity hard to pass up. Braulio Perdigao, my assignment producer in Houston had been coordinating my large production shoots for the past two years. He has a talent for finding talent and locating just about anything needed for a shoot. He suggested I meet him in Brazil during his 2 month family visit for a serious personal shoot. It didn’t take long for us to decide on our home base of Rio De Janeiro. From this vibrant city, we could capture the flavor and diversity of the Brazilian culture. Braulio did an outstanding job of producing this assignment, from travel arrangements to getting access to a voodoo-style ceremony, and finding talent for a fashion shoot in Lapa. The gear I took included a Wista 4×5 field camera with a 150mm and 210 lens, Mamiya 7 with a 50mm and 80mm lens, Canon DSLR 1 ds mark 1 with 16 to 35mm, 24 to 105mm, and diana plastic cameras. The film I shot was fuji provia, fuji 160s, fuji acros and Ilford B&W. Provia was run strait and cross processed in C-41 for a gritty look.
Finally got around to updating my site. Added some new work to the lifestyle and portrait sections. Also created an entire new section of work from my Brazil trip. Thanks to Drew at Gesture Studio (gesturestudio.com) for the update. You can check out the award-winning site at felixsanchez.com.×