Featured photographer: Delaluz Photos

Hi there!

Today, we are featuring the work of Vanessa Tellez from Delaluz Photos, a photographer based in Texas. Vanessa is a talented photographer who likes to edit her photos with the Ryan Longnecker presets. Let’s take a look at her work and learn more about her.

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1. Can you tell us more about you? Where are you from? What do you shoot?

I hail from the very hot and humid land of south Texas or the locals call it, the RGV (Rio Grande Valley), but I really live in McAllen and no one knows where that is. It’s about 10minutes from the border of Texas and Mexico.

I started shooting in college for fun and didn’t get serious about it until after grad school. I’m still only part time right now but hope to go full time in a few years.

I shoot with a Canon 5D mark iii and mainly the Sigma 35 ART.

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2. What is your favorite lens to shoot with?

Favorite lens is obviously the Sigma 35ART but I really want to buy the 85 1.2!

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3. Can you tell us how you have incorporated the Tribe Archipelago presets in your workflow? and what is your favorite pack to work with?

Since finding Tribe, I don’t edit with anything else! I changed my complete workflow from PS to Lightroom just to be able to use the presets the night they were released. Ryan Longnecker’s presets are gold! I primarily use RL03 as my base but I also like to use it exclusively with light tweaks. It’s a look I’ve always tried to achieve but have never been able to until Tribe! I owe Ryan big time!

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4. If you could photograph a wedding or do a shoot anywhere in the world, where it would be?

THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES I WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH! The obvious answer would be Iceland but there is something about Venice that just makes me weak in the knees. I visited last summer and saw a bride and groom taking their portraits and I couldn’t help by wish I was their photographer. It’s just so romantic and every area of Venice is so unique!

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5. What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is “No weapon formed against me shall prosper”. I suffer from Bipolar, depression, and anxiety. Photography has always been my saving grace but that quote is from the bible and it has pulled me through so many terrible times in my life. It basically means that nothing that comes against me will win. We hold the power to overcome our own obstacles. I believe that’s true whether you believe in God or not.

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6. Do you have a recommendation for a book or a music album that you think people should know about?

OH MY GOODNESS! AURORA she has been blowing up my phone lately. Her music is something out of a dream. Its the perfect music to edit to and I got to see her at SXSW in March. She’s just as good live as her music is. My favorite books are definitely the Harry Potter series. Nothing inspires me more than the story of a young wizard overcoming evil with good. *swoon*

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Thanks Vanessa for your answers! You can see more of her work here:

website // instagram // facebook

Let’s see more of Vanessa’s work…
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Thanks for reading! See you soon for another feature. 🙂

 

 

An engagement session on top of the world

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India Earl is a talented photographer based in Northern Utah which is one of the most amazing playgrounds to take pictures. Well, this engagement session she photographed did not disappoint. Let’s add to the gorgeous landscapes the most adorable couple and you’ve got the perfect engagement session!

India had edited this session with our Loren x Chris presets. Let’s enjoy it!

A few words from India’s blog about this session:

I road tripped down to Bryce Canyon National Park for the weekend with my dog and met up with these two amazing humans. It was wayyyy colder than we thought it would be so we were a little unprepared but TOTALLY worth it and the sunset was one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen in my life. The white snow on the red rock spotted with green ponderosas were the prettiest backdrop for this pretty couple. Thankful for clients that hike and stand on sketchy cliffs and walk through mud and snow.

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You can find India here:

Website // Instagram

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FEATURE: LIAM RIMMINGTON

At Tribe Archipelago, we appreciate the great community of photographers that use our presets everyday. It’s incredibly satisfying to see our work become a part of someone else’s identity. That’s why we want to showcase the work of our members and share with you the amazing images they create everyday. This article is the first one of a series about these talented photographers who bring our presets to the next level.

Liam Rimmington is an English photographer based in Sheffiled, UK. If you are part of our Facebook group, you have probably seen his image on the cover of the group. His work is very modern and neat, and we absolutely love his editorial work.

1. Can you tell us more about you? Where are you from? What do you shoot?

Hi I’m Liam and I’m from Sheffield in the north of England. I started out with photography around 4 years ago, mainly shooting nature at the time, but a year and a half ago I started shooting portraits and very quickly fell in love. I decided a couple of months ago to turn my passion for photography into a profession, I’m still working full time in retail and try to shoot as much as possible on my days off, but I hope to make this my full time career one day.

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2. What is your favorite lens to shoot with?

My favourite lens has to be my Sigma 35mm f/1.4, I’m pretty much shooting with that 90% of the time. I moved to a full frame camera in January, so adoring being able to shoot wide environmental portraits. I do have to give a shout out to my Canon 85mm f/1.8 which is awesome lens and is what I use the other 10% of the time, but I’d love to upgrade that to the f/1.4 version in the future.

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3. Can you tell us how you have incorporated the Tribe Archipelago presets in your workflow? and what is your favorite pack to work with?

The Tribe Archipelago presets were a real eye opener for me, before using them I’d constantly find myself hunting through packs and packs of presets trying to find something close to what I wanted, and still finding the need to tweak them heavily to achieve the look I wanted. With Tribe Archipelago presets it’s almost always 1-click and done! The LXC pack is the only one I own right now, but those presets are mind blowing, I think it’s the muted highlights I love the most about them.

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4. If you could photograph a wedding or do a shoot anywhere in the world, where would it be?

If I could shoot anywhere in the world it would probably have to be a stylised portrait shoot in Iceland, think over the top outfit, smoke bombs and dramatic scenery!

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5. What is your favorite quote?

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Rob Siltanen

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6. Do you have a recommendation for a book or a music album that you think people should know about?

An album that I can’t stop listening to right now is Rituals by Other Lives, the perfect relaxed soundtrack to an editing session.

Thanks so much for your time Liam! You can see Liam’s work here:

website: www.instillmotion.co
facebook: www.facebook.com/instillmotionphotography
Instagram: www.instagram.com/liampea
twitter: www.twitter.com/liamrimmington

Five Reflections on Great Photographs

Ansel Adams said that “there are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” While I’ve benefited from this view and have made good images that have nothing to do with typical or standard rules of color/composition/style/event/moments, I feel that there are some underlying commonalities in the images I’m drawn to. This is in no way a definitive list of how to take good pictures, and I can’t emphasize enough that these are just my own views, not universal rules, but it’s a catalogue of what I’ve developed over the last 6 years (pun intended).

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1. A great image is not an image anyone could take at any time. Whether it’s the color you waited for in the sky, the moment you were prepared for, the type of negative space, the scale, a particular composition – it’s either a lucky grab or something that needed to be strategically captured. Either way, the next photographer in line would have to get as lucky as you or plan every detail ahead.

2. A great image feels the way it felt when you took it. This is one of the things I focus on the most. If it was a light/airy/fun moment, then think like that when you edit. Make a playlist that enhances that mood and try to get that out of the image. If it was dreary or serious, go in that direction instead. The trick is to make your overarching style consistent while being able to capture those different moods.

3. A great image sparks imagination. If people wonder how it happened, the story behind it, the hike before it, the song playing, or the crowd involved, it takes the interest way beyond the picture.

4. A great image has a subject. If it’s cluttered or confused, people will move on (unless you mean for it to be cluttered, but in this case its purpose should be clear).

5. A great image may mean nothing to anyone else. Some moments will mean nothing to the masses but are captured for one person’s or just a few people’s enjoyment. Images that are universally pleasing are not necessarily great, but might still be popular. In this sense, thinking about how to take great pictures could be split up into different categories. Start with the person or people you’re making it for, and go from there.

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Finding the Love

Being a wedding photographer is not easy at all. You have to work like a dog: walking, running, squatting, rolling, dancing, sweating, thinking, and clicking those shutters for 10-18 hours in order to create magic for that special day… not to mention the engagement session prior and hours or days in front of a monitor afterwards, tanning your face off while editing the images! It is indeed a hard job, but it’s a deeply satisfying one as well. Seeing the happy faces of our clients after they receive their wedding album is one of the best parts for us. We love to see love in every picture that we make.

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For us, developing our craft really boils down to improving our skill as storytellers. We’ve noticed that as we’ve increased our capacity for telling the true story of our couples, our business has become better – better clients and even better stories! Here are some tips to help you tell the stories of your own clients as truly and beautifully as possible:

1. Bring this gear with you: This is the most important gear that you will ever need in your camera bag. Never leave home without it. It can shoot any angle and can move you to do things you have never done before. It will help you to think out of the box. It can bring smile to anyone’s face. What is it? Always, always, always bring a positive outlook! You can do anything if you believe in yourself and the people surrounding you.

2. Leave this gear at home: “I have a distinct style… I have won awards… I am a well-known and published photographer… My clients should fit my style…” Please, don’t forget to leave your ego at home! If you accidentally arrived at the wedding venue with it still in your bag, just ditch it in a bin as quickly as possible. We always remind ourselves that this is our clients’ day and not ours, that we’re hired to tell their story, and that it’s not our place to tell them what to do. Forget about finding the style, and concentrate on finding the heart of the shoot.

3. Focus on this: When we go out to a shoot or a wedding, we don’t simply focus on the creation of awesome pictures. We focus on the experience – on making the moment itself awesome, enjoyable, and memorable. The positive outlook that we transmit, and the extra mile we’re willing to go while expecting nothing in return, is a must. On the wedding day we’re not just photographers for the couple, we’re their friend, driver, clown, courier, best man, and maid of honour. It’s all for the sake of our clients. When treated in this way people tend to show their real selves, their real emotions, and their real love for each other.

In summary, just ask yourself: Do you see love in your pictures? Remember that telling true stories is a process that comes not from our head, not from our ego, and not from our obsession with style. It comes from our hearts. So adopt a positive outlook and be with the experience. It will change the way you see and feel things. It will help you find the love.

-Don + Helen

An Imperfectly Perfect Day

The perfect couple, the perfect gown, the perfect venue… the perfect wedding day! Social networks like Pinterest and Instagram have helped many couples plan their big day from bouquet to banquet, from ideas to DIY’s, from the caterer to the wedding photographer. All of this hard work is worth it because “this day is once in a lifetime”, and because “this moment is going to be perfect”.

But what is perfection in social or wedding photography? How can we as photographers achieve this perfection? And how can we help our couples experience their perfect wedding day? These questions can be overwhelming, but they remind us of our role in the unfolding of that perfect day.

We believe that genuine emotions make a wedding memorable. We love to photograph laughter and tears during the wedding, and to act as witnesses with cameras during the day. We don’t interfere in any moment, and we don’t try to repeat any actions. For us the imperfections of the day are really its true perfections. Why do we say so?

Just imagine yourself sitting in a children’s playground. You see from a distance children running uphill and rolling down, and suddenly you hear someone laughing his heart out because a kid dunked himself in a puddle of mud. Would you control the scenario in order to make it “picture perfect”? Of course not, because that would kill the emotion! How about during that perfect day? Do we tend to overly control the situations we encounter there? Do we make our couples repeat moments that have passed? If so, we’re not helping to create an experience, we’re just directing a theater. The sad truth is that this is the first thing our clients will see when they look at their images – fake moments! Allowing the day to be genuine and simply acting as witnesses to the truth is what makes for the most touching and wonderful images.

And a final point – we are social photographers rather than social network photographers, and this essentially means that we don’t let ourselves become a pain the arse. We acknowledge that we’re working with people who are filled with emotions, and we treat each of them as we would love to be treated! We don’t make images just for the sake of posting them online and receiving “likes”. An image that means something beautiful for you and your clients is worth more than a million likes.

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A wedding is an “imperfect perfect day”, filled with imperfect emotions and unplanned situations, imperfect couples and families with their moods. What could be a better moment to freeze in time as a way of celebrating a bride and groom’s love with their family and friends? Fellow photographers, what wonderful thing are you willing to do to help create an “imperfect perfect day” for your clients?

-Don + Helen