The Advanced Photography Workshops with Jorge Parra

Natural Light Fashion Photo-Shoot with students of Jorge Parra
Advanced Photography Workshops with Jorge Parra

Starting on March 2017, Jorge Parra Photography will offer a series of Advanced Photography Workshops for selected participants, in an intimate atmosphere, where only 10-12 photographers will attend each hands-on workshop. This will allow the one-on-one training that each participant deserves to REALLY improve their visual arts skills and the creative development of his/her portfolio.

Based on the experience gained from teaching for several years at the Miami Ad School, plus the previous private San Francisco and Miami Workshops, Jorge Parra Photography has selected the following content for the upcoming trainings:

 – SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY: an interesting trend has now become a powerful form of expression, and the participants of this workshop will greatly improve their skills at shooting with their smartphones , first by learning the professional tricks on how to use the capabilities of your own smartphone, plus further improving their images without ever leaving their phone, using editing apps for even better results.

– PORTRAITS AND LIGHTING: this is a basic training, so participants can get comfortable with the use of artificial lighting in studio, plus manipulated natural light, to obtain fantastic results which will improve the quality of their portraits.

 – FASHION AND BEAUTY PHOTOGRAPHY: although the name is obvious, this training is aimed at those who already have some good knowledge of lighting (both natural and artificial) and want to improve their own personal style by shooting models on location and/or studio, conceptualized as an editorial for a magazine. Wardrobe, from casual to swimwear to couture, plus Hair and Make Up Stylists will be provided.

 -THE FINE ART BODYSCAPE: A powerful workshop dedicated to study the human figure and how to develop creative and artistic images, where concepts, composition and lighting will lead the way to obtain meaningful images. Models, Make Up, Styling and Props will be provided, so each participant can approach the body from his /her own vision.

NOTE: All workshops include either online or live review of the work done by participants, so, unlike other workshops, there is TRUE ADDED VALUE THROUGH REAL MENTORING, in order to assist participants in their creative portfolio development. Each Workshop has it’s own inherent characteristics, so the mentoring process will be disclosed along with detailed info when participants register.

 Please contact us for mode details about the upcoming workshops with Jorge Parra in Miami

WORKSHOPS FEES: 

Cash and Credit / Debit Cards will be accepted on the premises. However, We can not guarantee slots available for unregistered, Walk-Ins. On-Site Registration and Payment will proceed on a first-come-first-served basis.

In order to guarantee your participation in the workshop,  you will find a simple way to safely register and pay, using PayPal  in the secure link below, BEFORE the actually dates of the workshops.

http://jorgeparra.com/pages/advanced-workshops-registration-and-payment/

You do NOT need a PayPal account to use this cart. Just use the “Guest” option! Just the same, we will never receive your payment information details!

Many Thanks and See You Soon!

Jorge Parra Photography listed as one of Miami’s Top 20 Portrait Photographers

It is certainly very cool news when an impartial entity does a review of the local talent in the Miami / Miami Beach area, fully crowded with amazing photographers, and still get listed as one of the Top 20 Portrait Photographers in Miami. Can’t be any happier!!

Check Miami’s Top 20 Portrait Photographers

There are many areas of Photography which have suffered from the Digital Divide and the fact that the democratization of the image and the tools available have turned everyone a self-appointed photographer, only means that professional shooters do have to work harder and produce top qualitywork to stay in the game, and prove their worth.

Portrait Photography is one of those areas that may survive the hurricane that digital technologies brought out to either eliminate or radically change the way it is done. There is always the need, either personal, commercial or artistic, to capture the looks of people, either as a document or as a statement, and not everybody is up to the task of grabbing those essential gestures and details that make up the personality of each individual. In the end, we are humans dealing with humans!!

Now, thinking in terms of slowing or dying trends, take for example Car Photography. There are countless former Car Photo Studios in Detroit that stopped producing images, specially those who never got into CGI technologies, which allows the user to start with a simple image of a car, even from a Smartphone, and the software, in the hands of an experienced user, can rebuild the car entirely, even creating a different lighting, place the car in any location, and quickly changing the color of the car, to show the entire gamut available on the market.

Years ago, a photographer had to shoot each and every car model  and color, and the studio lighting systems were powerful and huge. You HAD to be an expert craftsman and lighting guru, in order to make a fantastic car photo! Today, most of the work is done in Post Production, starting with images that need little attention to detail, considering everything can me modified in Post! That is the reason, we can see those fabulous cars roaming all the way up to snowy mountains and jungles and surreal landscapes, both natural and artificial.

See for example:

 

When I am asked about the Future of Photography ( you can check other previous posts I have made about this subject), I think that a few areas will remain untouched:

Basically, Portraits will always be needed, and, as explained above, require a good deal of human interaction. Celebrities will always need their most recent images, Paparazzi photography will still be there too! On the other side of the spectrum, Documentary Photography, Travel and Nature, Events Photography and of courseFine Art Photography will always be there, given the intrinsic curiosity of artists to explore the media in countless ways, always producing new, creative work. Film Photography is back, with many millennials embracing it as a very unexpected trend, staying away from digital technologies, and we all welcome this!!

What will survive and what not is always an open question, so I would like to hear other’s opinions too!

In the meantime, I am happy to be named one of the Top 20 Portrait Shooters in Miami, and, if you wanna find out why and have a taste of it, just make sure to contact me at your earliest convenience, and we will set up some cool time together!! Just click on the Logo below.

Cheers!

Check Jorge Parra’s Website here!

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Conversations Part 2: Jorge Parra talks about Fashion Photography

Photo by ©Jorge Parra
Photo by ©Jorge Parra

Moving on in our “Conversations” series, I just want to share this short video-monologue about my impressions on Fashion Photography and how design is involved in showing up the many aspects of women,  their beauty, character, femininity, elegance, sensuality, all intermixed with  design, in mysterious and fascinating ways.

It is always a fine visual challenge to be able to put together these elements in a fine balance, and make it work for the Advertising Market.

To begin, I have made a commitment to myself to maintain the utmost respect for women who, in the creative visual fields, specially when looking for the “hip”, the “never seen before”, the unexpected, the “out of the box” ultra-super-duper-creative approach, sometimes end up poorly misrepresented.

Without further ado, please take a look at the brief clip, where yours truly keeps  talking and talking!!

http://jorgeparra.com/albums/conversations/content/jorge-parra-talks-about-fashion-photography/lightbox/

I hope you liked this clip, and if you really enjoyed it, and would still like to hear more, feel free to quickly jump to my “Conversations” link on my site,  where you will find more brief clips on my talks on Fashion Photography, Advertising/Commercial Photography, Fine Art Photography, The Luxury Market and Portrait Photography of Women.

http://jorgeparra.com/albums/conversations/

Cheers!!

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Photographer / Director Jorge Parra Launches Spanking New Website

Fashion:Purses

Miami-based Photographer and Director Jorge Parra has just announced the launch of a totally new website, using responsive design, for his extensive portfolio of images, right there, in his well known domain

www.JorgeParra.com

In addition of the “classic” sections for still photography, like FashionBeautyPortraits, Leisure and Luxury plus  Fine Art Photography,  a new a cool section of Essays, the new site has the versatility Jorge’s work and personality demand, as visitors will keep finding new galleries and sections, works in progress,  popping out, as times passes by.

As indicated, the site has been launched with Still Photography at it’s core, but Jorge is already editing and refining  works for the upcoming Motion  section, to include BTS videos, Music and Fashion clips, Testimonials, Time Lapse, Gif Animations  and other experiments with images in motion.

Also, a cool new section of Instant Art, an ongoing and ever-changing portfolio of Also Shot on iPhone 6 Photography, fully  shot and edited in Jorge’s cell phones, with the aid of different editing apps, will showcase Jorge’s curiosity for the abstract and the mundane, keeping his street photography portfolio alive, while transforming some of the images into instantaneous artwork,  in almost real time.

The Essays section, where you can read Jorge’s point of view on critical and contemporary issues related to the visual arts as well as tidbits of images and brief news, works in progress and updates on several matters.

The “Capabilities”  section  showcase Jorge’s company,  Jorge Parra Photography and the Production Resources,  available to assist his clients with every aspect of Production that might be required for the efficient execution of any particular photo-shoot project, big or small.

Links to Contact Jorge either directly ( phone / email) or via his Social Media Channels are also available, so, if you don’t find Jorge, you are not looking for him!

This is an adaptive design website with responsive media, which works flawlessly in just every full screen size, from smart phones to tablets, to laptops, to Retina Displays, thus allowing about the best way to showcase Jorge’s visual art in the most effective and pleasing way.

Visit Jorge Parra’s website right now, and stay tuned for constant additions of content, both stills and motion plus essays, works in progress and unexpected content, just as Jorge’s  explorations in creativity flow around. Share with your friends and colleagues the images you enjoy the most in your own social media channels and come back soon for more!!

Cheers!!

Fashion #Beauty #Portraits #Leisure and Luxury # Fine Art Photography #Jorge Parra Photography  #Production Resources #Instant Art

 

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Success Strategies for Photographers in Linkedin

c8b66-combolinkedinlogo   I had previously posted a whole set of tips and suggestions on how to successfully use Linkedin as a professional networking channel, taking advantage of the fact, that, contrary to FaceBook and other channels, Linkedin gathers a huge percentage of professionals from all areas and fields of human performance. This characteristic makes Linkedin a potentially useful platform to build up new business relationships and strategic alliances, which can help on the profitability of your own business.

Thing is, Success is, from my point of view, more of a process than a goal. It can be easily proven that, once a goal is achieved, in any aspect of our lives, the mind already has yet another new goal to achieve, and on and on, indefinitely,  so it makes sense to focus more on the process to achieve success than in the goals themselves. Improving the process will facilitate achieving new goals.

The well known formula: [Garbage In = Garbage Out] applies wonderfully to Linkedin and every other platform and channel you intend to use for marketing and promotional purposes.

Basically, if you do not commit to provide useful, appealing content, a well groomed profile and stay active on the process of updating all your info on Linkedin, and participate in Groups, you can not expect better results than the ones you have today. Too many Photographers believe that they just need to create a profile, as brief as possible, and sit and wait for a torrential rain of new clients and projects to pour on them. Then the complaints about Linkedin not being useful as an instant cash cow pop out in every forum.

I can not emphasize enough how critical it is to prepare a very effective Profile about yourself in Linkedin. Almost everything is relevant!! From your education to the causes and organizations you donate time and resources to, to the historical career path which has led you to who and how and where you are today, everything counts, if posted properly.

Just recently, the Linkedin Blog published the 10 words people OVERUSE the most in Linkedin in their Profiles, and therefore, have been rendered technically useless for self-promotion, specially if you want to differentiate yourself properly, so your Linkedin Profile should avoid the following:

Ten most overused Profile buzzwords:

• Motivated
• Passionate
• Creative
• Driven
• Extensive experience
• Responsible
• Strategic
• Track record
• Organizational
• Expert

Sounds familiar?? How many of these are right now in your Profile?

To make this brief, consider this: if  by any chance you actually are NOT motivated passionate, creative, responsible, etc,etc, then you are not  a good profesional anyways, and again, if you are all of the above, a cool Pro, make no mistake:  every other Pro who is your actual competition, claims to be exactly the same cool Pro!

So, use your motivation, passion, creativity and experience to build up a better profile, avoiding most of the words above!!!

The matter of connecting with potential clients stays the same: One of the most useful decisions is joining Linkedin Groups, BUT, do not join a dozen of photographer’s groups, since basically none of them will need your services!! Of course, it makes sense to be in touch with the photographer’s community, so being in a couple of those groups is healthy to stay in touch with changes in the industry, etc, so, do not discard all of those, but know in advance those do not offer lots of marketing opportunities. For the same reason, Retouchers, Educators, Assistants, Coaches and Consultants  need to be in photographer’s groups, since they  can become their clients.

Think exactly in the same way, to decide what groups you should consider joining. You have to be in places where your potential clients  also roam. If you are interested in architectural clients, join architect’s groups, same for Corporate, same for Fashion, same for Advertising  etc,etc.

Participation in those groups will streamline the process of connecting with people who might become your future clients or strategic allies. It is also important to note that potential clients, prospects, may not necessarily react instantly to your profile and activity.They may bookmark your profile and will check it out for changes/updates in time, and might consider you for a project later on, when their need for your type of work arises. Months may pass by before this happens. Be patient!!

This is solid proof that success in Linkedin is a process, as you can not measure your success by what you have already achieved, but for what is coming ahead.

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About the Author: Jorge Parra shoots Fashion, Beauty and Portrait Photography for Advertising. 

You can check on Jorge’s Linkedin Profile right here.

Also, you can check some of his visual work on his recently updated website

Preview of First Edition of 2011 Portfolio

                                

                                                                  Open publication 

Dear Fellows.


I am happy and excited to announce the first  preview edit of what will become the 2011 Portfolio for the 2nd and 3rd Quarters.


The page matching is still out of sync, and new updates will be done soon.


Still , the spirit of the imaging is already there.




Jorge Parra Photography 2011 Portfolio, 1st Edition






More to come soon…


Hope you enjoy it!!




 Jorge