Family Photography

This is one of my favorites photos of one of our recent family photo sessions. I loved working with the Parson's family. Their baby was really cute. His blue and smile were beautiful. When Rachel contacted me, I got very excited when she mentioned that they wanted to include their dog in the session. Growing up, my family always had dogs. They were very important in my life. So, I can really appreciate how important it was for them to include their dog in the picture. 

Photographing Interiors

Last week I had the pleasure of taking some interior photos from a beautiful home that Cara Hulme is listing in Newton, MA. This was the first time we worked together. It was a very nice experience. The house had lots of windows and skylights that allowed a lot of natural light to come in. 

Cheese And Wine

This is one of our latest work. There are many differences between photographing people and products. People can communicate their emotions and how they are feeling with their facial and body expressions. Products don't. So, we need to set them up in a way that  we can communicate the emotions and mood we want them to represent. We love doing product photography. It is challenging. 

Memories From Last Winter

Last week we decided to make our family photo book of 2015. When we were going through our pictures and selecting what we wanted for the book, we came across this picture. It is one of our favorites images from last winter. It not only brought memories of how much snow we had in February but most importantly, memories of how much our kids enjoyed playing in the snow. We certainly are not looking forward to getting that much snow, but it would be nice to have just a little bit for us to play outside.

Holiday Photo for Boston Gourmet Chefs

 

For the second year, we were invited by Boston Gourmet Chefs to take a photo for their holiday card. This year's theme was the 1920's. The goal was to send a message to their clients to celebrate with the company this holiday season,  showcasing their products. To achieve this, we researched the photography style and lighting from the era. The set up was designed as if they were together in a party with their clients. The four of them were posed around the table while enjoying  a glass of champagne. We illuminated the table from above with a softbox with a grid. Then, we illuminated  the four of them using three more lights with grids to avoid light spilling to the walls. We needed to focus on the people as well as the food. . Therefore in post production, we decided to separate the two things we needed to show by giving the photo an effect with grain and sepia colors to show some age to them. And we left the table with food with natural colors, This allowed the viewer to focus on both the people and the beautiful hors devours well.

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End of Soccer Season

It was the last day of the kids soccer season. Like every Saturday, kids were very excited to play a match. And we had our camera there to document it. This is one of our son’s teammates. He loves to play soccer and to move the ball around. He is also very athletic. His moves are strong.

We captured most of the match. It is great to photograph kids sports. And like any kind of photography, it is challenging. You need a fast shutter speed. Maybe a higher ISO setting. And you need to set up the camera to track movement when it is focusing. A telephoto zoom is a must and a monopod is a great tool to have.  Make sure you know the sport you are going to photograph. It’s important to anticipate the moment and to know what is the best angle to photograph from. Look at sports magazines to know the angles sports photographers use. Stay out of the way of the athletes. And mind the background. A beautiful picture of the athlete with a trash can on the background will ruin the picture. 

"It's Fun In Fall"

Fall is beautiful in New England. The weather starts to get colder. Leaves start to change their colors and trees lose their leaves. Kids play in the park wearing warmer and colorful clothes that contrast with the leaves. The sun is at a lower angle. That means the light from the sun is warmer. And once we combine all of them together, it is simply the perfect time to make photography.

While I was writing this post, my son sat next to me. He read it, and said, "it needs more". He started to dictate what he thought we needed to say. "It's fun in fall. The leaves start to change their colors. It gets colder. Kids  like to play in leaf piles. It's the perfect time to have some fall fun. Also, birds fly south for the winter to survive in a warmer place like Florida. Because it never snows there or get even colder"

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Fall Family Photos

With trees changing colors and leaves falling on the ground, the scenery is more and more interesting for family photography. All around becomes warmer and inviting. It is one of the best times of the year for portraits. Also, a great opportunity for thinking on photos for holiday cards. Give us a call soon at 508-964-0430 to schedule your photo session before the colors are gone. We are offering full photo sessions and mini sessions as well.

 

Matt & Christine's Wedding

This past Sunday we had the honor to photograph Matt and Christine Leathers' wedding. When I arrived at Christine's house to start with the pictures, she opened the door with a big smile in her face. I knew that it was going to be one of the happiest days in her life. She looked beautiful and glamorous. We were ready to start capturing this meaningful day. 

A wedding is a once in a lifetime event. There is no room for error. That makes wedding photography challenging and rewarding. We get a chance to be part of one of the most important moments in someone’s life. The day of the wedding we can spend around eight hours with the couple. From the time they start getting ready, until the end of the reception.  A wedding is full of special and emotional moments. In most cases, the conditions to take pictures are challenging. There is little control of the light and the background. Also, the angle from where a picture can be taken is limited.

At the end of a long day, we get home and download the pictures to the computer. And there is a period of anxiety just waiting to see how the pictures look like. These pictures came out beautiful. We know they are anxious to see them too.

Luis and I were honored to be part of this beautiful day. We wish them happiness in their life together.

Why Black and White

When photographing black and white photos, textures, light and shadows take over the photo, and all of a sudden you see things you didn't see before. Composition elements and leading lines become more prominent in the picture. In this case, the direction of the tree branch and the fence leading to my son's body. We get to appreciate the tree texture even more. And,  more importantly, once the distraction of color is gone, it is about the story, the experience and the moment that is being photographed.  

Vacation Relaxation

A picture is a frozen moment in time. Pictures have to tell a story. So it's important to capture the mood of the time that is being frozen in time. The way she was dressed up, what she was doing, the chairs in the background, the location by the water. Everything tells us that she could be on vacation or on a enjoying a long weekend. The sunglasses, the dress and the way she is sitting tell us that it was bright day and the temperature was very comfortable.

When I look at this picture, I travel to a place of relaxation and tranquility. 

By The Lake

Every year when we go to Maine, we take Elizabeth's and Grace's family portrait. We enjoy to see how they interact with each other and how much they grow from one year to the next. Elizabeth is very mature and has patience for posing. She enjoys getting her pictures taken. This year we saw Grace growing a lot. She was a lot more comfortable in front of the camera than previous years. She gave us beautiful smiles and allowed us take gorgeous pictures of her having fun in the water, baking, etc. 

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Wedding Portrait

We recently photographed Kelly's and Steve's wedding. The bride, the groom and their families were very welcoming. Weeks before the wedding we meat and talked on the phone with them a few of times. In the first meeting we got to meet each other and they understood if we were the right photographers for them. Over the next few weeks we were able to plan the wedding schedule and to setup the right expectations.

Then the big day came and all the planning and understanding of the day paid off. We knew exactly what equipment we needed and where to be at different times during the day. Making the day for the couple and for us less stressful. And the end result was what we imagined. Seeing how the couple loved the pictures was the most rewarding thing for us.

Children and Pets Love

One of my favorite themes to photograph is the love between children and animals.They have such genuine feeling. Dogs, for example, are magnets to my children. Every time they see a dog, they stop and ask the owner if they can pet it. This one in particular is a dog that belonged to a farm that we visited over the weekend. My son fell in love with this dog. And I have the feeling that the dog was also happy to receive all this love from my child. 

We are changing our logo

We get asked all the time what is the meaning of Lupa? The name Lupa came from mixing the first two letters of our names, Luis and Paulina. But more importantly, in Spanish Lupa means loupe or magnifying glass. We strive to present a product of the highest quality keeping a close look at every detail. The magnifying glass in our logo represents that attention to detail.  

Our company is evolving. At the beginning, children photography was our focus. Over time we expanded to family photography, headshots, corporate and commercial photography, including food and tabletop photography. With the evolution of our business, we realized that a new logo was needed. The first logo will always be with us. It was created by Paulina's childhood friend Ana Barrientos who is an amazing and creative graphic designer that has several years of experience. She is located in Medellín, Colombia. She is currently creating her own page with the products and services she offers. She can be contacted at anabtostarjetas@gmail.com.

The new logo was created by a friend of Luis. His name is Chris Lewis. Chris is a very talented graphic designer who is starting his own company. You can see examples of Chris' work visiting https://www.behance.net/clewdesigns. We asked Chris to design a logo that incorporated the magnifying glass. We also wanted to change the colors of the logo. We wanted colors that reflected what Lupa is. Purple means unusual, creative, inventive and intuitive. Orange, in the other hand, means adventurous, risk-taking, vibrant, warm and enthusiastic.