María José in 2012: Revised photo session

We photographers are fickle and we change our minds with respect to many things, but above all with respect to our photos. Once you have made a session, you choose the photos and leave them on the hard disk. If enough time passes, when you look at them again, the photos have not changed, but you have. So you think that some of the ones that did not convince you in the initial moment now do like you, and that many of the ones you chose are not what motivate you the most.And even those that you did like you think you would process them differently.

You can read this same article in Spanish.

María José in 2012: Revised photo session

This is because we change and our tools too. The software evolves, the screen works better (usually it does, although in my case I have not changed it for years because it works well), and the criteria evolve. Being a professional photographer has these things.

María José in 2012: Revised photo session

María José in 2012: Revised photo session

So, well, while I was looking for other things I found this session on the hard drive and decided it was a good time to recover some photos and upload them and make a post. The location is the Palau del Mar hotel in Valencia, a place that has a special meaning for me and that is splendid to make a photo session of this kind. I value elegance and the place has it, without being especially pretentious. Like María José. Nadia Alba took care of makeup and styling. When I uploaded the photos the first time I saw more practical to use Flickr to display them and now they are not there anymore. But they were almost all in color. In this case I have decided on black and white, which gives a more timeless look.

To contact me an email to sergi@archerphoto.eu or a Whatsapp to +34644459753 are two ideal ways. So we can start preparing your photo session today. I do different types of photography and video, so if you look at the menu you will probably find what you need. And not only that, I also make other types of content that can help you have more and better traffic on your website. I hope this post “María José in 2012: Revised photo session” you liked it.

María José en 2012: Sesión de fotos revisitada

Central Park of Valencia

Central Park of Valencia

Singer Carlos Gardel said “Que 20 años no es nada” (“20 years is nothing). Gardel was not Valencian, but of course, the arrival of this Central Park would have seemed something to him, because it has taken 30 years to become a reality since its planning. The first difficulty was that the space that part of the city was owned by RENFE (Spain national railway company). The second is that the plans included the burying of the railway tracks, a really important work in any place and more in Valencia, where the water table is very high and as soon as you make a small hole you find water flowing. This can be explained by the engineers who had to deal with the construction of the underground lines in the capital of the Turia.

A view of the Central Park of Valencia on the day of the inauguration.
A view of the Central Park of Valencia on the day of the inauguration.

The delays of the Central Park of Valencia

The park did not arrive although the city had problems to fulfill the ratios of green zone recommended by the WHO, of between 10 and 15 square meters per inhabitant. Valencia remained at 5.64 in 2010 despite all the creation of parks and green areas since the 80s, when they came to include islets and roundabouts as green areas to make up the gloomy statistics. In 2003, an agreement was signed for the park, but local governments kept promising and not complying. American landscaper Kathryn Gustafson won a public contest in 2006 but in the constant discussions the project lost the four aparment towers of twenty-five floors. It would not be until 2015 when the works started.

Joan Ribó, José Luis Ábalos, Ximo Puig and Salvador Martínez Ciscar, visiting the Central Park on the day of its inauguration.

However, the project that opens today with 11 hectares of garden, with native species, sustainable, with colored lights, specific space for pets, water tanks and other details, constitutes approximately 40% of the total park. The garden will cost about 73 million euros once completed.  However the cost of burying the roads will exceed 3,000 million euros, specified the Spanish Minister of Development, José Luis Ábalos, at the opening of the park, present with Joan Ribó , mayor of the city, and Ximo Puig, president of the Generalitat Valenciana.

Figures and details

To follow a little with the figures, about 1000 trees, 85,000 bushes, old ships rebuilt and moved. An essential decontamination of the land was carried out, which was soaked with residues of fuel and oils. And problems of shortages of some materials, and conflicts with some expropriations of land, have made the park was not available until December 17, 2018. But since its opening Valencians have begun to visit this Central Park immediately.

After having seen these photos, we can talk about business. I’m Sergi Albir, professional photographer. If you need images for your company, event, or for you, you can contact me with an email to sergi@archerphoto.eu . Also a Whatsapp at +34 644459753. You can also call me, but if I’m taking photos I do not release the camera).

A little more info in the article by my colleague Cristina Vázquez in El País.

Portfolio for models in London, Madrid, Barcelona…

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Although I mainly work as a photographer in Valencia , sometimes I take the camera and go to another city to shoot some pictures. It is usually a small challenge. It involves traveling, changing from the usual environment (“leaving the comfort zone”, some call it) and getting in the mood that everything is going to be a little different.

Photo books in London, Madrid, Barcelona ...
Inma in Canary Wharf

In fact, and leaving aside that one has to do a previous job of thinking about locations, the process is very similar and I do appreciate a change of scenery.

Portfolio for models in London, Madrid, Barcelona …

As you can imagine,  I always expect  working out because it always seems that I will be able to see a bit of the city. Of course, you see some places, but the most usual thing is that you mentally note many of the places to visit them at another time. During the session there is a lot of work to do. But it is not very different. In addition, it find very important to bear in mind that in a portfolio for models, regardless where it is shot, a relevant part of the work, such as the selection and editing of the photos will be carried out in the usual computer. I do not usually travel with the laptop and edit in the place of the session. It is better to see the photos with the best screen, the best size and with the right tools.

There are many cities in Europe where I have not shot any portfolio and I would love it. Edinburgh, Berlin, Rome, Lisbon, Santiago or Paris are among my objectives. So if you want photos there it will be especially easy to convince me.

I am Sergi Albir and, as I said, I usually work as a photographer in Valencia. But wherever you are, if you want to contact me for a photo book, sergi@archerphoto.eu is the easiest and fastest, and my phone with WhatsApp is +34 644459753.

Portfolio for models in London, Madrid, Barcelona…

Read about Portfolio for models in London, Madrid, Barcelona… in Spanish in my website, Archerphoto, fotógrafo profesional en Valencia.

Studio session with Stephanie

Stephanie is a stunt . She is an actor specialized in action scenes who was about to leave Spain and we were able to take advantage of one of her last days to try a few things. I hope you like this session in study with Stephanie. We tried a few things with flashes and reflectors like I’m doing lately. The work method has been evolving, and this time I decided not to use color to modify them.

Studio session with Stephanie - Photographer in Valencia, SpainAs you can see, Stephanie is not a conventional model. She is, obviously, a very pretty girl, but we wanted to show her closest side to action, so the poses are different from what I usually show on this page. It is what a professional portrait takes. All in all, and despite the fact that the work was in February, it took me a few weeks to teach it for different technical and agenda reasons. Being a professional photographer with photography studio is not exempt from fighting with the specific problems generated by Google with the change of algorithms that I mentioned in another post.

 

A little more about her

However, Stephanie already has some published works, like a movie called Captive State , with John Goodman and here you can see her stunt reel, in case someone decides to sign her up for a production. Due to his capacity for work, attitude and resistance, I can attest that she’i a great contribution to a shoot.

On the other hand, if what you are looking for is a professional photographer in Valencia, Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Leith or Brixton (I think it is clear that I work all over Spain and even further away), you can contact me. My phone, with WhatsApp is +34 644459753 and my email is sergi@archerphoto.eu . Contact me today.

You can read this article about the session studio with Stephanie in Spanish.

Photo session in studio

Determining the type of lighting is always a small dilemma. I tend to be a supporter of working outdoors with natural lighting. I often use a reflector to help me, but while lighting results are lovely, most of the time the reflector must be handled by a person. And for a photo shoot in studio I am in favor of using continuous lighting.

That said, continuous lighting has advantages and disadvantages, and flashes, too. So I have to keep doing tests, as in this session with Mariana Uscanga, from which I show you the results. I used several flashes, filters and reflectors. If there is an amateur photographer who would like to know the setting used, I will have to disappoint him. I took many photos, many experiments, I moved everything and there was not one setting, but a bunch of them. And of course, I did not wrote them up. I do not usually release photography tutorials because there is a lot of competition. Producing them usually has a job much greater than what people imagine. So a hug to the photographers who take that effort and  I send for them my recognition and respect.

 

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Once the photo session is finished …

After a photo session in studio, one must apply in the editing work. In many of these cases, one of the tasks is in the selection of which are the photos we want, because there are often many similar ones. About the selection it is important to decide, more or less, what we are going to do, so that the work does not become too long. In this case, the idea was to keep the interest in the model totally. Eliminating any detail left over from the background was a priority. Then, the control of the tones is another crucial question. And as some of the photos will end, badly that I regret, on Instagram, it was also appropriate to leave them ready for that application.

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Mariana had enough patience not to kill me even though there were many experiments, a few disasters and a significant number of repetitions. But probably you will agree with me that the temper and endurance of this Mexican model had a fair reward.

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I’m Sergi Albir, professional photographer. If you want a photo shoot in studio, outdoors, or you have a company, or an event, or you want me to record a video of a turtle submerging, or whatever you can think of, you can contact me at +34 644459753 (better by WhatsApp) or sergi@archerphoto.eu.

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London Model Agencies

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The British capital is a great place to try your luck as a model. A lot of competition, but many opportunities. We leave here a small list of agencies in London that you may want to visit. Contact them before going because going without an appointment is almost a guarantee that they will not receive you.

London Model Agencies

Storm

With models like Alex Wek, Cindy Crawford, Karolina Kurkova or Ming Xi, is one of the must-see references. Also they take artists like Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Michael Bublé or Monica Bellucci.

Elite

They do not have as many famous names as Storm, but many of the faces on the catwalks are represented by them. Take a look at their website to decide.

Agencias de modelos en Londres, por Archerphoto, fotógrafo profesional, London Model Agencies

Premier Model Management

In addition to models, they have a series of contacts with celebrities such as Bar Refaeli, and others that may become famous for family reasons, in a few years: Jacqui Ritchie, Dylan Penn …

Next Models

Another agency that has actors, influencers, musicians and models.Isabelle Adjani, Lana del Rey, Anja Rubik, Noomi Rapace …

BMA Models

In this case, they are more focused on models, although they also have a section of influencers. Especially interesting because they have a specialty section: curvy, hands, feet …

It is not an exhaustive list, but it can probably be useful if you decide to launch the conquest of London, which is more accessible if you travel from Spain.

As for any other agency, you will need a book. You can contact me atsergi@archerphoto.eu or with Whatsapp at + 34 644459753.

Lee este artículo sobre agencias de modelos en Londres en español, en mi web de fotógrafo profesional.

Similar topic: Top Model Agencies in the world

Visiting Meereen. Or Peniscola, as you like it.

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The fever for Game of Thrones has gone deep throughout the world, so the locations of some of the episodes have seen an increase in tourist visits. So, suddenly, I was surprised to visit Mereen. Or Peniscola, as you like it. The scenes shot there are not amongst the climatic peak of the series, but the truth is that the place itself is frankly impressive. And I had it very close to Valencia, in the province of Castellon.You can read this article in Spanish- Puedes leer este artículo en español.

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Peniscola (Peníscola in Catalan, Peñíscola in Spanish) is a town with two well-distinguished parts: on the one hand a well preserved old town, crowned with a medieval castle on its top, and on the other an apartments hecatomb typical of the uncontrolled urban explosion that extends to along the beach. The magnetism of Peniscola, of course, in its old part. The castle of Pope Luna (XIII century, XVIth century fortification) is a jewel that reminded me in certain aspects to that of Edinburgh. But it is likely that it was above all because of the feeling of exhaustion for so much. In spite of that, it’s worth it.

By the way, that the link of the castle with Scotland is not just an idea of ​​mine. There is a plaque commemorating that Benedict XIII, Pope Luna, granted permission for the inauguration of Saint Andrews, the first university in Scotland (and which I was able to attend years ago for an English course).

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Not only the people of Game of Thrones were seen around here. Some Spanish series, such as El Ministerio del Tiempo (recommended) or El Chiringuito de Pepe (I can not recommend it, once I saw three minutes and I got bored), or movies like El Cid , Tierra or Blink also experienced their earrings. More info here .

The places where Game of Thrones was filmed are, in general, public, and they had cars, fences (they were about to start local festivals) and / or posters in the middle, so the photos in those locations, those that lacked, in addition, all the elements of decoration, were totally absurd.

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For the rest, we fell on the dates when the Festival de la Chancla y la Tapa (something like Flip-flops and tapa festival) were held in town. Although if you completed the circuit of bars you received an impressive prize, I must say that we were not able to complete such a challenge during our short stay. The tapas were good, without a doubt. But between there were many locals to visit and the titanic effort did not have a fair payment (if you had not noticed before the jocular tone about the prize, I reveal it here: a pair of flip flops is what they gave you), we simply could not accomplish the task.

There are no crows, but owls and hawks

The Artillery Park is a garden attached to the castle where you suddenly find some owls and hawks. This is the Refuge of Raptors, which houses and exhibits birds raised in captivity or wounded until they are ready to be released.

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Peniscola is, without a doubt, an interesting place to visit. Other sites that I like are London , Barcelona, Lisbon or Bratislava . Is it the “L” essential for me to like a city? Actually, no: Vitoria, Madrid or Santiago also caught my interest.

In case you’re wondering, I took these pictures with the Samsung NX500 that was a bit weird. She was not feeling comfortable almost any 32GB card and she gets very silly.

If you need professional photographs, you can send me a message to sergi@archerphoto.eu or Whatsapp at +34 644459753.

Archerphoto visiting Meereen. O Peñíscola

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Scordae’s El Amor Brujo

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Scordae has a new formation, in addition to that of his children’s orchestra. The idea is that this orchestra will be populated with young people who leave the first, but has begun with a reduced formation that will incorporate emerging values. This time they had the help of the Agrupación Musical Los Silos . The orchestra is also directed by Eros Quesada and this time they had special collaborators for the work represented. Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo does not deserve less. The cantaora Mely Zafra , the bailaora Silvia Martínez, Ángel López Carreño and Jesús Pérez as stage director completed the casting for  the Cádiz-born author most famous piece, with a libretto by María de la O Lejárraga García, although for a long time it has been considered that the author of the script had been Gregorio Martínez Sierra.

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Playing at home

The place chosen for the premiere was the Teatro Tívoli de Burjassot , in Valencia. Eros Quesada is native.  He told me that he has been working on this show for a year. The fantastic reception of the public, this time, was undoubted. The full auditorium, a couple of encores and a wine of honor after are clear signals that the members of the new Scordae (not so new, if we consider that some are the teachers of the original Scordae) are ready for this new adventure.

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Eros Quesada’s El Amor Brujo

This particular work of Falla has different versions. The one chosen for the representation is the original 1915 with staging. It has a different script to the versions that later became popular. There are others, such as the sextet, the small orchestra for concert, and even more, that Falla arranged for different configurations. The work did not have this title originally, but it was called “Gitanería”.

It premiered with little success and harsh criticism at the Teatro Lara in Madrid, a fact that motivated the revision of the work to give it a better reception among the public.

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El mismo post en español, pero con fotos diferentes – The same post, in Spanish (but different pictures): http://www.archerphoto.eu/el-amor-brujo-de-scordae/

For more information about Scordae:

Scordae website (in Spanish): http://www.scordae.com

Performance of Scordae at the City Hall of Valencia (also in Spanish)

Scordae’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scordae/

For more information about Manuel de Falla: http://www.manueldefalla.com/

My name is Sergi Albir, I am a professional photographer. If you need any kind of photos, you can contact me with an email to sergi@archerphoto.eu or a Whatsapp at +34644459753.

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Another photo of Vicctoria

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Some photos ask for a lot of work, a lot of light control and a lot of process later. Others simply don’t. Others work perfectly with two or three details that, moreover, come directly to mind as soon as you see them.

That’s why I uploaded this other photo of Vicctoria. It was not one of those we chose at first, but it has a point of intensity that interested me especially, perhaps by expression. We moistened her hair a bit to get the shine and that helps a lot to give life to the image.

On the other hand, the black background and the contrast are key elements for the final result.  Looking out of the picture helps to consider that Vicctoria’s thinking is directed more towards other interests than the camera, the light or the photographic session.However, it is not a totally static pose, and that small movement endows an additional interest to the final result. The original frame was vertical, but I finished with a square photo.

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Overall, this was a photograph we did for a session that was in the boudoir line. It was the first time that Vicctoria and I worked together and the result was, in my opinion, very positive. If you want to see more photos of this type, you can have a look at this post or this gallery . If you just want to see my portraits…

If you would like to have photos like this other photo of Vicctoria, you can send me an email to sergi@archerphoto.eu or send me a Whatsapp to +34 644459753. I shoot in Valencia, but also in Madrid, Barcelona or any other site.

The boring details

On the technical side: ISO 2000, shot with a 50mm f / 1.4 Canon, but f / 1.6, fired in RAW and later processed with Adobe Lightroom. The camera used was my EOS 5D Mark III, and we were using continuous illumination. The clipping used as a featured photo is a little turned up because it looked better, but it’s the same photo.