Audrey Dueñas | Pembroke Pines Portrait Photography

Audrey has a dance recital coming up in a few weeks, she needed some images for her the program and I was more than happy to help out when asked.  She's an awesome little girl and I'm sure she will kick ass in her performance.  :D

Robert Rios | Portrait Photography 

May the 4th be with you!

Happy star Wars day everyone! :D

Today is a special day as we celebrate the similarities in how "May the Force be with you" and "May the Fourth be with you" sound so much a like. This similarity led to this day becoming known as "Star Wars Day".  I love Star Wars, any one that knows me will attest to that.  I'm an über geek and I'm proud of it.  Star Wars and The Matrix have single handedly been the most influential movies in my life.  The way I animated, created camera views, and styled my work was hugely influenced by these films.

Back in my architectural schooling days I created a short animation where two TIE Fighters battle it out with an X-Wing.  It was an epic battle that involved elements from both Star Wars and Matrix.  With hair raising maneuvers, bullet time explosions, and sound editing, it was my personal side project that I was very proud of. My tour de force if you will.  But unfortunately due to hard drive crashes and the unfortunate loss of data that comes with that, the files have all been lost.... All but one.  This is the one single frame I have from the whole production. Having revisited the project with new knowledge (from Jedi training) in rendering, lighting, editing, and animation, I was in the middle of re-rendering when I lost everything; new and old. The force was not with me that day at all. Nothing like staring at a blank computer screen after you have witnessed all your work evaporate into thin air. It was an epic fail of epic fails..epicness I tell you. I am pretty sure that what did me in was my want to render it at 2K resolution and my computer's inability to cope with the demands. During the early editing process is when the computer failed and the drive committed suicide. It would have been awesome and I would have felt a personal accomplished to have been able to completed the new version but alas it was not to be.  Either way here is a frame from the animation where I was testing the compositing of all the layers and effects.

Robert Rios | CG Artist

Year One

So one year ago on May 1st, I did my first photo shoot ever.  With practically no knowledge of shooting, let alone with lights, models and shooting fashion, I asked Jeannine from Trouble Times 2 if I can shoot for her.  Seriously, I didn't even have the equipment necessary to undertake this task which I had looked for and voluntarily under took. I had to borrow equipment from all over the place and ask my friends for hook ups on the gear and a great thank you to those friends that helped and trusted me enough to let me borrow said equipment.

Run down of people and their contributions:
Lens: Jose Saenz
Light Stands: John Bouma
Flash: Alex Perez

The only thing that was mine was my canon rebel body.

Little did I know that this first shoot would take me down a path I never even had the slightest thought on or glimmer of possibility of what it might end up being. I never planned on being a photographer and never planned on everything that has come with it.  I love this new endeavor and love where it has taken me and I am sure I will love where it will take me.  I have had the opportunity to work with and meet amazing people, established relationships and friendships that otherwise would have never happened. Have taken risks that I otherwise never thought I would ever have the guts to take and have purchased some pretty bad ass gear while doing it.  Thank you all whom I have worked with for everything and for believing in me.

A special thanks to Estefania Serrano, Sami Schemidt, Naty Gonzalez, Jini Mai Kim, and Natasha N. Barr-Allen for being the first group of tallent I had the pleasure to work with. Super special thanks to Trouble Times 2 for being so awesome and blindly trusting a rookie and for always supporting me!  And a über super duper special thanks to Claudia Rodriguez, whom with out the help, support, patience, design, motivation, and constant pushing to improve every aspect of this endeavor, none of this would have been possible.

Thank you all!!! :D

You can see the image set from this shoot here

Robert Rios | Fashion and Wedding Photography