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!

Getting Truly Involved with the Local Community

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Photographers, as well as every other creative, should engage in donating their talents and skills to society, specially on behalf of their own local community, when it is the time to help others in distress or bad conditions.

In the case of us, fashion and advertising photographers, who one way or another, enjoy some quite nice perks and benefits as a result of our work, we need to give back even more!

It is for this very reason that over the years, I have committed time, resources, energy and my visual skills to help different organizations who work tirelessly to provide help and counseling to the under-appreciated, the neglected and the survivors!

I have worked, and keep working, to provide assistance for kids waiting for adoption, little fellows in the foster care system, wishing and hoping for a better life, and thanks to the work of organizations like the Children’s Trust, the Miami and Broward Heart Galleries and Fotomission, we can do some portraits of these kids, and at least offer them a better chance to find a family that will take care of them.

On the other end of the spectrum, the “Flashes of Hope” Non Profit organization has committed to provide some partial relief to parents with kids with terminal cancer, and we volunteer to do portraits of these beautiful creatures and their parents. before their time is over.

I have also contributed with images to the Life Alliance program of the University of Miami Organ Donor Program, and have photographed several people of all ages, from kids to grandparents, who have nicely survived organ transplant surgery. I am also a member of the Volunteer Match Program, to provide visual assistance when requested.

Amazingly, through fashion photography, I have been able to donate my skills to Breast Cancer initiatives, both in South Florida and Latin America.

Finally, I am always volunteering time and resources to our local Creative Mornings Miami Group,  a fantastic worldwide initiative for monthly breakfasts for the creative community, putting together all those talented people who believe Miami is THE PLACE to be and work and want to make this city grow into one of the finest creative destinations.

I always encourage Advertising and Boutique Agencies to contact me with their creative projects for Non-Profit Agencies.

 Use my Contact Page to start talking!!

Cheers!!

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Are Followers Replacing Professional Talent in Advertising?

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 Those who enjoy talking about the Digital Disruption or Digital Divide will encounter a fine material and food for thought is this post. I decided to wait a bit after the original hoopla was already gone, regarding this amazing situation, and here’s a brief description of it all:

Earlier this year, (probably late last year), the well known fashion firm Burberry was getting ready to prepare their Spring worldwide  photographic campaign. Traditionally, the most sought-after shooters are called to send their estimates for such a juicy and interesting project, since the visuals will certainly define trends in both imaging and marketing for the year.

Now, the marketing team in charge of the Burberry account came out with what they think is a genius idea, and basically, the decided to make a move that caused a lot of frustration and anger in the market, as the selection of the photographer bypassed any professional or aesthetical consideration, and the agency decided to put 16 years old Brooklyn Beckham, the son of the ultra famous Victoria and David Beckham, in charge of the campaign. 

The reason for this choice was that the kid has shown some ability taking pictures in his iPhone, specially selfies, and 35 mm DSLR cameras PLUS the huge list of 6.5 million followers he has in Instagram, not to mention the additional “back up” and support of two powerful brands, the parents, and their own followers!

The strategy behind this idea is that Burberry considered that they wanted to knock doors on an already captive 6.5 million kids/consumers who are watching whatever Brooklyn publishes in his Instagram account, and if you take a look, you will find tons of selfies during his vacations, some portraits, little birds, friends, etc, etc, this is, what a 16 years old kid does with his instagram. Simple! If you locate the behind the scenes images at the Burberry Instagram account (@burberry), you may see the kid was handed a medium format camera, and it is sad to notice how he does not even know how to grab such a camera, but that did not matter, as long as someone took some pics of Brooklyn (in his iPhone, of course) “taking some shots for the campaign” with the MF camera….

Needless to say, young Brooklyn has no knowledge whatsoever on lighting, production, has never before done a fashion shooting, etc,etc, but the agency took good care of all this, by providing the best Art Directors, Fashion Stylists, Models, Assistants and Production Crew money can buy, so this kid could come up with what amounts to good photos (what in the industry is called good enough images). As a matter of fact, we have previously seen this situation has happened before, when talent like Steven Meisel and Annie Leibovitz, who don’t know anything about artificial lighting, are always working with the best lighting assistants around, but at the every least, these guys are super talented and brilliant, genius creators, and have actually committed a lifetime to their work as photographers!!

So, the question here is, are we seeing a starting trend where  Instagram followers are going to replace talent for some type of campaigns?? 

Granted, Brooklyn Beckham, there is only one, but there are tons of sons of equally famous celebrities and millionaires and billionaires around, and you can read in the links at the end how photographers did not take this in a good manner. Those of us who are working our asses to build a presence and name in order to arrive to those levels when you are called to shoot some of those amazing clients, feel a good deal of frustration.Once again, granted, the most vocal complainers when the news came out, were shooters with the smaller number of instagram followers, although their portfolios are just the top of the line….

Months have passed, and If you check today Brooklyn’s Instagram account, you will find, again, new, regular selfies and simple images shot by a teenager, and the number of followers just keeps growing. Maybe there are some purchased followers (as most everyone seem to do in this time and era), but much certainly, the advertising and marketing geniuses see more value in those potential consumers than in the image-making creative process, involving true creators,  which could drive both the sales and the brand up.

On a personal note, I think this is but one more attempt from the Advertising market to visualize millennials barely as “top consumers”, and nothing else, using one of them to reinforce the concept.

Thanks!

About the author: Jorge Parra is a Fashion and Advertising Photographer, based in Miami, who, among other things, is looking after getting his first (not purchased) million followers in Instagram.

You can see my work at my website at www.JorgeParra.com, but first and foremost, pls do not forget to start  following  me in my Instagram account, @jorgeparraphotographyjust in case…

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Suggested Links:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/30/sheer-nepotism-brooklyn-beckham-burberry-shoot-angers-photographers

David Beckham’s Son Just Shot a Burberry Campaign, and Photographers Are Pissed

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Conversations Part 2: Jorge Parra talks about Fashion Photography

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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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Upcycled Couture by Luis Valenzuela, Green Shows at New York Fashion Week s/s 2011

Miami Fashion designer Luis Valenzuela, introduced his “Upcycled Couture Dresses”, part of his EcoArtFashion Project, during The Green Shows at the New York Fashion Week s/s 2011, creating a magnificent collection of couture dresses made out of recycled fabrics.

The first upload of a series of projects involving image streaming, motion works , stills and video by Jorge Parra, from Jorge Parra Photography.

Stay tuned for more Conceptual Fashion, Beauty and Fine Art Projects, to be published in our own YouTube Channel  soon!!.

Cheers!

New York Fashion Week s/s 2011 and The Green Shows. Eco-Activism vs Glamour

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I was glad and curious to attend the The Green Shows at the New York Fashion Week this week, presenting  a group of   fashion designers who are working on sustainability by way of reusing and recycling materials , fabrics and objects that many would consider trash or rejects, and transform them into fashion garments.

The interesting thing, as I saw it, is that there is still a good way to go before most of those products can be truly marketable into mainstream or even boutique stores.

The simple reason for this is that the designers are still too involved in their Eco-friendly/Green Activism, most designers have a defined background and participation in environmental/Green causes and therefore,  many designs and pieces only convey a statement, sometimes a protest, sometimes an irony, and activism has to be “toned down” into a more refined and subtle form, so the message is still there, but the glamour, usability and good-looking factors prevail. We are talking fashion here!

It was notable to see lots of designers  like LAVUK, Auralis, and Samantha Pleet working with recycled fabrics, and going  more towards casual and party wear. Other great collections like the “Black Label” by british designer Ashton  Michael introduced greatly designed pieces from recycled fabrics and natural products, for a very targeted population of young, androgynous consumers, lovers of the post apocalyptic look.

It is  for this very reason, that  the most remarkable looks, putting together a great deal of elegance, form and function while still conveying the green message, are the High Fashion designs for the “Upcycled Couture” Collection by Miami designer Luis Valenzuela, bringing class, style and forward thinking to the Green evolution, in atmosphere of luxury and glamour. His shoes made a remarkable presence, and he was one of the few designers to present shoes of his own creation.

I don’t see any reason why green and recycled has to convey a message of wear, deterioration, only post nuke attitudes and solutions. Homeless people, specially in New York, are masters at recycling garbage , and trust me, they don’k look great!

Backstage at the Green Shows, I spotted shirts and dresses left behind from some of the presentations. Does this mean that the designers just wanted to showcase the look – or rather the message- in the runway and just immediately after the event  those pieces became garbage for real? Integration of green fashion design into a marketable product needs more than than just an eco-friendly message.

The Green Design  for fashion is still in it’s early stages, no doubt much advanced than the Green Shows of last year, where most dresses were unwearable, they were just a protest, an activist’s message, but not a truly fashionable thing.
The 2011 S/S collections bring an air of freshness, and true approach to real fashion design, and, if the movement does not  slow down, and goes beyond being a trendy thing of the moment, we should see great solutions and great looks moving together for a future in which trash will have to be renamed , given the high value it may have in the proper hands of these true fashion designers.

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