The SmartPhone Photograpy Workshop for Bloggers, Writers, Designers and Social Media Managers is here!

SmartPhone Photo by Jorge Parra
Shot on iPhone by ©Jorge Parra

ABOUT SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY:

What begun as an interesting trend has now become a powerful form of expression, as millions of users now always have a smartphone in their hands/pockets/purses This has becomes the easiest way to register, document and keep track of events, situations and beautiful moments that would otherwise would get lost just as a memory.

Remember the now “classical” saying: “The best camera is the one you have with you”? That means the Smartphone Photography is no longer a trend or a passing fever, it is here to stay and get better and better!!

The cool thing about this workshop is that participants will greatly improve their skills at shooting with their smartphones, so these snapshots will have a much greater visual impact!

Bloggers, Writers, Graphic and Web Designers, plus all Social Media Campaign Managers will also benefit from upgrading their visual skills using their smartphones better, therefore, their online content will greatly improve!

– First, we  are going to start by learning the professional tricks and tips, plus hidden smartphone features  to better use the “native” capabilities of your own smartphone.

 – We move on to the basics of photography, composition, lighting use of texture, shapes and forms, in order to show the participants how can they “upgrade” their images with basic visual arts knowledge, applied to shooting with the smartphone

– We will – obviously- embark in shooting new images with our new knowledge and capabilities, as part of the workshop.

 -Then, we go some extra miles by further improving the images without ever leaving their phone, by using free editing apps which will enhance the quality of your final images, without turning then into “eye candy”, this is, keeping a very realistic and professional look to your pics.

 You can  register and pay on the day of the workshop, or you can easily register and pay online here:

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

 Register, have fun and learn!

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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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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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

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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

Miami Advertising/Commercial photographer Jorge Parra relaunches the Synthetic Habitat Project: Architecture, Interior Design and Lighting Design Photography for the Leisure and Luxury Markets.

Architectural Photography by Jorge Parra
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During the last 8 years, Advertising Photographer Jorge Parra has been working on a series of photographic projects in Architecture and Interior Design, mostly focused on the Leisure and Luxury markets, shooting Hotels, Spas, Restaurants, as well as private residences and vacation villas.

Jorge is well known as a People Photographer, shooting Advertising, Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Photography for over 2 decades. However, a number of  Creative Directors as well as Architects and Designers who recognize and value Jorge’s vision, have been pushing him out of his comfort zone, by inviting him to shoot architectural and interior design projects. The logic behind these requests was the interest of these creatives in exploring different approaches to producing and photographing these projects from a fresh perspective.

In addition to these challenges, Jorge has been traveling around the world, shooting some large-scale fantastic Lighting Design Projects for public spaces in distant cities like Ankara in Turkey, Dublin in Ireland and Madrid, Spain. New projects are being produced in the USA and will be showcased in the near future. Lighting Design Photography is an area where only a few photographers have been successfully involved.

The resulting body of work includes visuals for Conde Nast Traveler, Luxe Magazine, Hilton Hotels, SLS Hotels, Mandarin Hotels, Ritz Carlton Hotels, plus several  travel and luxury commercial and private residential projects, plus the cool lighting design projects.

Please, visit Jorge’s Synthetic Habitat Project and feel free to drop a comment.

www.SyntheticHabitat.com

The next natural phase for The Synthetic Habitat Project involves a fine blend of Fashion and Architecture, both Stills and Motion, putting together all of Jorge’s  skills, in an ongoing series of images to be published in the near future.
Cheers!!

The Un-Boring shoots Phillipe Starck’s latest South Beach project

 Phillipe Starck hits South Beach again!
One thing I love about my work has to do with swapping subject matters. Jumping from Advertising to Editorial, then to personal work on the Nude, or some contribution with a non profit children’s group and then back into editorial, brings out an eerie state of mind, and makes my life the story of  the un-boring. Bored is a concept the escapes my understanding.
As much as I grew and developed my  passion for photography while shooting people, basically the most beautiful models, the input from some creative directors, asking me to shoot out of my comfort zone, starting with places and spaces in my travels, eventually led me to architecture, interior design and lighting design photography, which  are now part of my portfolio.
And one thing leads to another: Just last week, I got one of those calls we love to receive: Conde Nast Americas wanted me to shoot  a full editorial about the classic art-deco Ritz Plaza hotel, now turned into the ultra modern, Phillipe Starck’s-redesigned “SLS”, the very latest addition to the South Beach hotel scene. 
The images will publish in Spain and other european countries.
It was a very hot July day when the production started. Portraits  of the super famous  and ultra meticulous spanish cook, Jose Andres, who defines everything edible in the hotel, from the juices, to the cocktails to every snack and meal, it all goes supervised by him, plus their  well respected japanese Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi were included, all mixed up with the activity of tourists enjoying vacation time, the pools, beaches and rounding up with night shots of the warm and welcoming spaces of so many restaurants, I just lost count.
It was rather unusual to spend so many hours shooting editorial work, but as I see it, it is the only way to get the best out of yourself, specially in hot days, when your imagination may dehydrate as much as your body.
Yet another way to stay un-boringly happy! 
Cheers!!

New Editorial Images for Cravings South Florida Magazine

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The latest issue of Cravings South Florida Magazine has an editorial with some images shot with a great couple of models, Jessika Dikstra  from Next Model Management and Marie-Charlotte Mahul from Elite Models.

Images, both published and not published, can be seen in my Facebook Business page or just click here

Cravings SFL Fashion  Editorial by Jorge Parra

Enjoy!!