Jaime Piquer runway on February 3, 2011

Tempus fugit. Time flees. Fortunately we can capture moments, or parts of them. That is the essence of photography, and, more specifically, of a professional photographer. Capturing the moment of this Jaime Piquer parade on February 3, 2011 was magnificent.However, given that there was a lot to process at that time, I just chose a photo and practically nothing else. Recently Piquer said that one of those few photos that came out was one of his favorites and I thought about getting more out of sight.

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Parade by Jaime Piquer on February 3, 2011, from Archerphoto, professional photographer in Valencia.

But there were more images, because the collection was great. Models were also fantastic and everything, in general, was spectacular.The Valencia Fashion Week was, without doubt, very expensive. But it also constituted a framework of luxury that on occasions like this, complemented a work worthy of that environment: the Agora of the City of Arts and Sciences. I say this because it did not always happen that content and continent were at the same height. But Piquer established a brilliant collection, full of elegance and at the same time, flattering. Hairdo was so good that it ended up getting the award that the organization gave to that chapter (“best hairdressing design”), with those splendid cylinders.

Jaime Piquer receiving the award.

Politicians, celebrities and models

That day people like Carmen Lomana (Spanisth TV celebrity, somehow) appeared there. It was also classic to find in some runway (usually, and this was the case in Álex Vidal’s) members of the Valencian government, this time Francisco Camps, then president of the Generalitat Valenciana and also the then mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá.

Marta Ortiz at the Jaime Piquer parade on February 3, 2011, by Archerphoto fotografo Valencia
Marta Ortiz in the Jaime Piquer fashion show.

That same year Marta Ortiz -who also is in these pics- would get the award to the best new model that Bobbi Brown promoted. Ortiz is today a very top-level model that has done image campaigns for El Corte Inglés, among other brands. She has walked down the catwalk for Chanel and won in 2016 the award to the best model in the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid. +

If you liked the photos of this Jaime Piquer runway on February 3, 2011, you may be interested in having professional photographs with me. I’m Sergi Albir. You can contact today by sending a message to +34 644459753 or an email to mailto: sergi@archerphoto.eu .

Night session with Elena López Benaches, Olympic silver in Rio 2016

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It is possible that taking many photos and writing sometimes seems like much more work than is worth doing. But it is also true that sometimes you build things without realizing it. I had wanted to take pictures of rhythmic gymnastics for some time. But I do not have too many contacts in the sector, so I left it as a wish that had been left pending. And one day there is the opportunity to take pictures of Elena López Benaches. Perhaps the name, does not ring a bell. But she is an Olympic medalist: with the Spanish team she achieved silver medal in Rio de Janeiro (the Equipaso, that’s how they are called). Of course, my doubts were between zero and none. We warned Nadia Alba to help us with makeup, hair and a little assistance in costumes, and she came with her brother, Salva, a classic dancer, who agreed to collaborate as well.

Elena López Benaches, Olympic silver, in Valencia.

Interrogating Elena López Benaches

Curiosity moves me, so I asked her many things during the session, even though she has a very extensive and well-documented Wikipedia page .Elena has had an ankle injury from which she is recovering during this year of rest from the competition. She was on vacation in Valencia – she lives and trains regularly in Madrid, but she’s from Turís, a Valencian town), so we took photos here, in the capital of Turia. But I asked her about life in Turís, because in her hometown she even has a street named after her and even the municipal gym is dedicated to her. “The truth”, she confesses, without an apex of arrogance “is that in the town they behave very well with me”. It’s funny because almost never get such remarkable recognitions in life. But it seems that “not being a prophet in your land” is not something that affects Elena.

Elena López Benaches, Olympic gymnast, by Archerphoto, sport photos Valencia

“I’m still not 100%”, she explains when we are preparing some plans. But the elasticity, the precision and the capacity is incredible. Normally, when doing jumps and pirouettes, there is a factor of luck for the pose to go well. It is not the case. It does not fail a single time, but when she sees herself in the photo, she becomes extremely self-critical. “In that pic I do not have the foot completely OK”. And it’s not that position it’s wrong, it’s that it’s not perfectly stretched. In addition, she excuses himself for not being able to hold for long in positions that she performs perfectly and that are almost impossible to perform. The flexibility is amazing, but his naturalness in the pose is even better.

Night photos session with Elena López Benaches, Olympic silver in Rio 2016

Rhythmic gymnastics in a deserted Valencia

Our idea of ​​the session was to make different looks for an almost deserted city on a mid-August night. The idea was not to mount large sets with flashes, but to capture, especially the movement, and the contrast with some places in the city, to look for the urban texture, instead of the coldness of a studio. With the LEDs combined with the streetlights of the city we were slightly low in light, but we did get the desired atmosphere. For this session, Nadia Alba took care of the hair and makeup. “Normally we have to take care of ourselves,”Elena explains to me, when I ask her about the sponsors and the support they have.However, he confesses to me, the atmosphere with the team is very good. “We leave all the negative issues out,” she says, very sure.

Night session with Elena López Benaches, Olympic silver in Rio 2016 photos

Another aspect that we comment on is how such a visual sport does not have a greater, and better media difussion. They had a TV ad,  with Freixenet (an important cava company in Spain), that was seen and well valued. There is even a very interesting little documentary ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnjX5xD8f28 ), but rhythmic gymnastics do not have a big pull. “There was a lot of glitter on the set,” she recalls, “and it was very uncomfortable, because it got everywhere.” Sometimes in pursuit of the image professionals press a little more than necessary.

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I’m Sergi Albir, professional photographer. If you need photos you can send me a message to sergi@archerphoto.eu or a Whatsapp to +34 644459753 today. I make photos, videos and contents both for the Internet and for other media.

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.

Be a model

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The main problem that a person who wants to devote to being a model is that there is no really valid course. You’ll learn it while you’re working. But while the prettiest part – posing, parading, appearing on magazine covers – is known by everyone, there are thousands of details that are not so obvious. We’ll tell you some.

How to be a model

In general, models should have basic notions of law because they are often signing contracts. And on some occasions, they believe that these contracts bind them absolutely, while in others they fail to ignore the risks. Of course, when things become complicated, you have to contact a lawyer.

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Marta Ortiz in Mompó, 2011.

A person dedicated to the world of fashion should be able to distinguish the work of a professional photographer from disasters that makes an amateur or someone who claims to be professional. Not being able to distinguish these details can make you lose many hours of work in sessions that you think will provide you with some valid material and it is not.

Rookie photographers rarely get really professional results. Opportunities for a starting are not to be missed. When you go to an agency, you must show them the best you can give. Not a badly framed photo, worse edited and with a pose and expression that do not favor you. That could prevent you from being a model. But don’t give up: it is solved with good photos. But you know that the first impression happens only once. Do not waste your ammunition.

You may think that you do not know how to educate your taste to learn to distinguish some things from others. You can compare top fashion magazines like Vogue or Elle, for example, with everything else.

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Lidia González Regolf in a shooting for Andrea Anton.

Find your place

There are many types of models. Improve your acting (you can look for acting courses, but avoid model courses, which are usually a total rip-off ). Take care of your physical form, your food and try to work well as a team. And of course, take advantage of your specific skills: if you dance, practice a sport or have some peculiarity that can make a positive difference, it is important that you exploit it and take advantage of it.

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I’m Sergi Albir. I’m a professional photographer. If you need photos you can contact me at sergi@archerphoto.eu or with a Whatsapp at +34644459753. You can do it right now. 

Clicks of Playmobil

When I was a kid I had a good group of clicks of Playmobil (actually, from Famobil , which was how they were marketed in Spain). As usually happens with the toys, we forget and lose them. They disappear and some people become nostalgic and idealize them. It’s not my case, I still like them, but I know they’re just plastic dolls. There is another group of people who, far from living in the past, turns them into their current hobby and gets to organise huge exhibitions. In Valencia, in Nuevo Centro concretely, is mounted one of these, with several times. I was particularly struck by the setting up of a village in the American West.

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Of course, if you come with the camera you may have some fun. As this was a playful matter I decided to process the photos with an especially old look, as if they had been shot with a plate machine, which was the technology of that time. I am not trying to make artwork, especially since I was not the one who worked out the scenarios, but it seemed fun.

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I took more pictures, but they did not stick with the treatment, so I might use them for something else. But for now, I leave this here. I hope you like it.

Playmobil Clicks, by Sergi Albir, Archerphoto, professional photographer in Deadwood.

If you need photos, even if they are not for clicks, you can contact me at sergi@archerphoto.eu or on +34 644459753. Photo sessions for individuals, business photography, product photo or premises. And of course, portfolio photography for models .

Dreamhack Spain 2017: results and photos

Dreamhack Spain 2017: results and photos

It’s always worth going through big video games competitions. And more if you have them close to home, as was the case of Dreamhack Spain 2017 (it happened in Valencia again). This time I was not working for the Valencia CF eSports, which had just dissolved its League of Legends team. However the trophy of this competition was for @Elite_Valencia , another local team sponsored by a local specialized in electronic sports that achieved a historical triumph.

However, Evangelion was representing the football club. who had bad luck at the start and after two consecutive defeats, despite a good late streak could not pass the round. If I’m not mistaken, he was the only representative of Valencia CF.  , also a Spaniard, would end up doing the victory against the British  . The joy of this triumph was also contagious amongst fans.

Other competitions and results in Dreamhack

In CSGO NiPGaming won against the also Swedes @RedReserve and in Starcraft2 @ElazerSC2 beat Snute. TRUE and SpeCial were stuck in the semi-finals, which surprised lots of spectators.

In the competition of Smite we saw  winning 3-2 to  in the last match of Summer Finals.

And without more delay, some photos of the competition: there was oriental food, cosplay, contests and a huge LAN area, but it looked much less than the competitions, of course. I may reinforce this post with a video, but I can’t promise.

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Finding the Hearthstone pairings sometimes required additional hardware.

All rights reserved by Sergi Albir. If you want to use any of the photos, contact me at sergi@archerphoto.eu. And if you need photos for your team, your profile or your company, I’d also be happy to talk to you.

This post in Spanish: https://www.archerphoto.eu/dreamhack-valencia-2017/

Dreamhack Spain 2017: results and photos

Lindy Hop, St.John’s Eve and Valencia

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San Juan (St.John’s Eve) is an impossible night in Valencia. If you try to get to the beach you can stay dull in a horrendous traffic jam. If you arrive at your destination you will see hordes of young and not so young people in a huge botellón (youngsters drinking outside around their cars) on the beach. There are also people who just try to walk or put their feet in the water, but in general I do not like them. It reminds me too at New Year’s Eve the year, but with the beach.

Lindy Hop, St.John’s Eve and Valencia

So, I decided to get close to taking pictures of people dancing to Lindy Hop (a dance that started in Harlem, New York, in the late 1920s) in Valencia. At first it was planned to go to their place in Ruzafa, but my contacts in the dancing mob told me that they planned a street coup: they would go to the Turia bed to dance, taking advantage of cops would be distracted watching the beaches and / or night street parties that sprinkled the city. I think this is one of the worst nights to be a cop.

Lindy Hop, St.John's Eve and Valencia

Despite the infamous heat during the day the night was fantastic. And for some reason the mosquitoes had no interest in Lindy Hop. Just armed with an iPad and a not-so-big speaker, without any pretensions, there were around fifty people who were going out dancing in a strictly natural way. Zero organization, zero problems. Most are known and the atmosphere was cordial. They barely talked to me, except for my contact, but neither was making any effort, just photos. I am usually a commercial photographer but this was more a documentary job.

Lindy Hop, St.John's Eve and Valencia

So,  I spent this night from the 22nd to the 23rd of June shooting a few photos. I will only show a small, clear selection of everything I did. More than 600 photos with only sodium vapor lamps as lighting. As an extra difficulty, late at night, I do not know exactly the reason, all but one of the lights went out. So I got a look with harder shadows, but if during all night I was shooting in high ISOs, in the end, even more.

If you have liked my photos and you are impelled impetus to contact me to hire me, you can do it at sergi@archerphoto.eu or send me a message on +34 644459753. If you just want to leave a comment, I’ll thank you. It is strictly forbidden to share these photos on Instagram or Pinterest.

BTW, if you have liked this pictures, in my Spanish web I have almost the same post but, eh, different gallery, https://www.archerphoto.eu/lindy-hop-valencia-san-juan-cauce-del-turia/

2017 photo sessions

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One of the purposes of a photographer’s website is to display the photos he or she does. If not, our pictures have much less public exposure. So from time to time I release some post in which I show some samples of the photo sessions I’ve been doing lately. They are not all I do, of course. Frequently clients want photos to be exclusively used for their promotional use. It is reasonable that some lawyers whom I’ve worked want to keep their images exclusively on their websites. I hope you like them.

2017 photo sessions

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Marisol in València.
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Lucía before San Juan’s church.
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Sofía at Gym Rafel X-Force.

In other cases, especially aspiring models, seeing themselves on a photographer’s website can come in handy: it encourages them and occasionally gets them some work.

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Gema in black and white.

Photo sessions for everyone

As many people ask me, I will say that I am not only working for models or companies: if you want to have your personal portraits, whatever your profession, appearance or reason is, I will be happy to work for you. If you need, we will incorporate make-up and hairdressing. We can even look for costumes for your session, whether in studio or outdoors.

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Sara in her photo session in 2017.
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Marisol, sports look.

I usually do photo sessions in València, Madrid, Castellón, Alicante and Barcelona, ​​but it is not uncommon for me to go anywhere else. If you are, I do not know, in Zaragoza, Tarragona, Vitoria or Seville, to say a few places, you can also call me to make a book or to photograph companies.

Contacting is simple: sergi@archerphoto.eu or a Whatsapp to +34 644459753 and we can talk. If you want to see my photos more regularly, the most practical thing is that you come here often (you can subscribe to the RSS) or pass by my Flickr, I usually upload photos every day: http: // flickr .com / photos / archerphoto .

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Do I need professional photos to work as a model?

Very often I receive pictures of boys and girls who want to know if their photos are suitable for present theirselves to an agency. Most occasions are not. Maybe they could be good, but often the images I receive are terrible. I decided to write this post that answers the question “Do I need professional photos to work as a model?”.

Can I go to an agency with a book made by a non-professional photographer?

Yes, you can, but you do not want.

Nowadays business are selling millions of digital cameras. Many of them give a very high image quality. Huge resolution. Stabilized lenses. All of this is fantastic, but it does not make the person holding the camera a good photographer. It is important to say, too, that there are excellent amateur photographers and terrible professional photographers. Why should you choose a professional photographer? It’s simple: a person who spends a lot of time on a trade and gets to eat from it is quite likely to have the skills you need.

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Let’s suppose an amateur photographer does very good pictures, are they worth it?

The problem is that you do not know. It is possible that you think your criteria is enough to distinguish a good photo from a bad one, and which photos are suitable for a modeling agency, but let’s be honest, you probably can’t tell. It is likely you don’t have enough experience, you have not looked at enough photos and you do need help to know which is better. If that’s not the case and you really have a spectacularly good eye, you should probably look for a job as a director of photography in a newspaper. In short: although they seem good to you, that pictures are probably not good enough to get you jobs.

Should I work with any professional photographer I find?

Let’s talk about cars. Let’s say you have big company and a known brand and you need a driver who gives you enough reliability to play a decent role in a rally. Almost certainly your decision will not be to choose to a taxi driver or a bus driver for that task. You will find a specialized person. It’s the same for your portfolio.

I do not like the idea of ​​investing money in a session. What happens if I go with photos that my classmate has made me with the super camera that her father gave her at Christmas?

Chances are nothing will happen. As is. You send the photos and nothing happens. They do not call you, or they answer you telling you they don’t want you. On many occasions they will not explain to you that your pictures are bad. If you send photos that look right for you, but they are not professional material, you will be transmitting a bad image, mainly in two aspects: you are not a person to take this work seriously (and nobody wants to work with models that do not arrive on time, simply don’t show or make excuses) and also you don’t have the look to be part of that agency.

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Carmen Álvarez in her portfolio

But there are agencies that will take any photo…

And so it goes. You just have to pay attention to the impression they convey. It is true that there are very different profiles, but that does not mean that any kind of photo works: perhaps everybody can be worth, but whoever he or she is, they will always want to see him or her well.

OK. I need professional photos to work as a model. Why shouldn’t I take the pics they offer me at the agency?

The main business of the agency is not taking photos, but finding work for models. The most common thing for agencies, even if it is not convenient for them, is that they choose novice photographers to cover their needs. Badly paid and inexperienced, you will be charged as a really good photographer, and that difference is a whole benefit for the agency. It is always better for you working with an independent photographer whose income depends on the photos he makes and how good he is. Your reputation is at stake.

In my town there are only three photographers and none of them seems to be specialized in fashion.

Life is hard. Maybe you’ll have to catch a bus! The portfolio is an essential part of your career. And anyway, the jobs that you may find as a model will not be in your village. If you can not find a suitable photographer in your population be ready to move.

So far, the post. I hope I have made it clear that, in summary, it is necessary having professional photos to work as a model. Surely you already know that I am a professional photographer and that I dedicate myself to making books for models, so if you need one, you can contact me at sergi@archerphoto.eu or on the phone, with Whatsapp, +34 644459753. Tell me where you write from so I can provide information as quickly as possible. I work as a photographer mainly in València, Madrid, or London ​​but if you prefer that we take your photos somewhere else, we can talk about it.