Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Joseph Dominick

As I looked through the numerous images I was able to acquire through my collaboration with Wilnelia Velez Photography, I decided to design My Top 10 (possibly 12).  Moving forward I will share some pics of me on the blog from time to time.

With today's portrait I decided to edit it in a style different from the first two portraits I shared.  This one has a more muted color palette.  This was intentional.  I am thinking of the story of all 10 images and am looking to add variety in the telling of the fuller story as well as the visual palette.

In the latter stages of this edit, I even played with blending modes to mix in black & white imagery which definitely added that different look I wanted.  Hey you "Can't Knock The Hustle".  :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Joseph Dominick - The Photographer

I find it interesting and funny that people are asking me about when they will be able to see the photos from my photo shoot.  A few days ago I shared one photo and that image has gotten more "Likes" than any other photo I have ever posted. Go figure...lolol.

Last night I was sharing with a friend about this.  All my life I have felt like I have been under the radar, overlooked, and not noticed.  I can be in a room and feel invisible because I have done that most of my life.  This photo shoot...this visual journey I know has greater implications for me than just having "new pictures".  There is a shift happening internally for me.  It has been going on for some years now but these images are a catalyst for further shifting.  The image I have of myself is being informed by all these pictures I have been rummaging through during the selection process this past week.  As I walk in the street or stand in an elevator, the images flash in my mind helping me see the Joseph others see from the outside.

I say images because not one image fully captures all of the dimensions of me.  This is why I designed the shoot to capture that variety.  Presently I have a draft concept of my Top 12 images. What will I do with them...I am not sure.  I hadn't thought this far down the process.

Two pics have been edited so far.  The second one is at the bottom of this post.  Interestingly enough I artistically edited the two just as I have for any other client.  I did the magazine retouching first. Then I started adding artistic elements towards the latter part.  In my mind I don't want to just show you a picture, I want you to experience art.

So join me on the new adventure of me sharing my artistic expression of the photographs from Wilnelia Velez of me.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Joseph Dominick: The Photographer, The Actor, The Artist, The Man

At the beginning of 2012 I wrote on my Goals List that I wanted new photos.  This required I get in front of the camera for my own photo shoot.  So throughout the year I collected images and ideas, never really quite certain when I would do the shoot.  Finally in the late summer I knew I had to take the leap and make it happen.

So I reached out to my friend Wilnelia since she had worked as a second shooter on a couple of weddings I had done.  I thought it would be a tremendous challenge for me and a fun challenge for her. 

A couple of weeks ago we sat in my Studio and went over my notes and what I was looking for in the images.  Wilnelia was great in capturing my vision and adding some clarity to it as well. 

Then came the shoot this past weekend.  After a half day of fun and photos we were able to get some great images both in my studio and outdoors which really reflect me as a Photographer, an Actor, an Artist, and as a Man.

Thank you so much Wilnelia for collaborating with me.  Her website is not up yet but you can catch her on Facebook at

Check out the first image I processed.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Portrait: Classy Rosaleen

A couple of weeks ago I showed you the "Outgoing" concept for Rosaleen.  Today we feature the "Classy" concept.

With a red dress and a black backdrop Rosaleen went into model mode and had some fun.  She definitely worked this one.  You go gurrrllll.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Portrait: Alexis

I love photographing in New York City.  Since my studio is in the Bronx and I grew up in the Bronx I love to use the urban backdrop in my portraits.

Alexis is gorgeous in the portrait below.  This was taken in the middle of January so it was cold but Alexis is making it look hot.

I went in a new direction with the post-processing here.  A couple of years back I was big on the filmic artography stuff.  I took that and blended it in with my present technique.  The result is something I really, really like. 

What do you think?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Portrait: Miss Najah

Preparation is key for photo shoots.  And Najah was on point.  Her hair and makeup were flawless.  She really knows how to present not only herself, but her clients.

In the photo below I was able to use the purple backdrop to go well with Najah's outfit and her skin color.  If Najah can put all this together, you better believe she can work your wardrobe and bring out the best in you. 

Please check out this fashion consultant & event styist at NajR.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Portrait: Empire Mum

I love the power of this photo: the mother/daughter composition, the blown out highlights, the care, the looking forward to the future.  This is the kind of image I love creating. 

While taking my friend to the 102nd Floor Observation Deck of the Empire State Building, I made sure to take some photos.  As I was processing this image I decided to really enhance the black and white imagery. 

If you look at the bottom left of the window you will see a faint image of buildings.  Those building are at least half a mile away. 

To me, this portrait is so classic.  These are the kind of moments that make me love the gift of photography.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Portrait: Rosaleen

Playful, fun and brilliant are just some of the words to describe Rosaleen.  It was a joy to photograph her at the Studio.

Before she came in we had our Pre-Production meeting via telephone.  From that conversation we designed three concepts for her shoot.  The photo below is from the "Outgoing" concept.

Way to go Rosaleen!