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All the models in my photos have their nails white. It is a hidden minor detail I like to use as a personal signature to identify my work and in some way attempt to make it look a little different from the rest. For some models it's not a big deal since they usually paint their nails and do their own makeup. Now, for other models who like to pay for a professional manicure, the whole white nail thing can be an issue, that's why I ask very politely if they can consider, next time they are about to get their nails done, painting them white. Of course, the decision is completely up to the model but since photography is my artistic way of expression I try to keep it all about what is important to me, and the color is a huge part of that. Since my photography tends to have many shadows, whites shine in the dark areas, which I find very visually attractive. I hope you can understand me and the importance of these details. Ironically, Alejandra, the model on the banner at the top of this page has her nails painted black. I don't know what to say about that...


What inspires
the concepts for
your photoshoots?

The concepts for my photoshoots are inspired by a combination of nature's beauty, human emotion, and storytelling.

Beaches and parks offer a distinct mood and backdrop for my photoshoots. The natural elements, like the play of light through trees, and the texture of sand and rocks, serve as both the setting and subject.

Capturing genuine emotions and expressions is central to my work. I draw inspiration from the connection between the model and the environment, seeking to evoke feelings of freedom, tranquility, joy, or introspection. The model's interaction with nature often leads to spontaneous and authentic moments that add depth to the photographs.

Each photoshoot tells a story of self-discovery or a celebration of femininity, I use visual themes to create a narrative. For instance, a forest setting might inspire a fairytale theme, while a windswept beach could evoke themes of resilience and freedom.


The concepts for my photoshoots are inspired by a combination of nature's beauty, human emotion, and storytelling.

Beaches and parks offer a distinct mood and backdrop for my photoshoots. The natural elements, like the play of light through trees, and the texture of sand and rocks, serve as both the setting and subject.

I often draw inspiration from art and literature, translating the emotions and imagery from paintings, poems, or novels into visual form. This fusion of different art forms helps to create rich, layered compositions that resonate with viewers.

Natural light is a powerful tool in photography. The golden hour, with its soft, warm light, can add a magical quality to the images, while overcast skies provide a diffused, even lighting that is perfect for capturing subtle details and tones. I embrace the unpredictability of weather, using it to enhance the mood and atmosphere of the shoot.

Ultimately, my inspiration comes from a deep appreciation for nature and a desire to capture the beauty and essence of the human spirit within it. Every photoshoot is an opportunity to explore and celebrate the harmony between the model and the natural world.


How do you approach capturing the essence or personality of the model?

My approach centers on creating a safe, comfortable, and respectful environment where the model feels truly seen and appreciated.

Before the camera comes out, I spend time getting to know the model. We talk about their experiences, interests, and what makes them feel confident and comfortable. This initial connection helps build trust and sets the stage for a collaborative photoshoot where they feel valued and understood.

Clear, open communication is key. I encourage models to express any concerns, ideas, or preferences they have about the shoot. By actively listening and incorporating their input, I ensure that they feel involved and respected in the creative process.

During the shoot, I maintain a positive and encouraging atmosphere. I provide gentle guidance and constructive feedback, always focusing on their strengths and unique qualities. Celebrating their individuality helps them feel appreciated and boosts their confidence.



I pay close attention to the model’s physical and emotional comfort. This includes choosing locations that are safe and private, and taking breaks as needed. Their well-being is my top priority, and I’m always attuned to their needs throughout the session.

Respecting the model’s personal boundaries is crucial. I make it clear that they are in control of the shoot, and any pose or situation that makes them uncomfortable will not be pursued. This respect for their autonomy helps build a secure and trusting environment.

Every model is unique, and I strive to highlight what makes them special. Whether it’s a particular expression, a personal story, or a distinctive style, I focus on capturing their true essence. This personalized approach helps them feel seen and celebrated for who they are.

I view each photoshoot as an empowering experience for the model. Just like a therapy session, it’s an opportunity for them to express themselves freely and reconnect with their inner strength and beauty. By creating a space where they can be vulnerable and authentic, I help them see themselves in a new, empowering light.


After the shoot, I discuss their feelings about the experience. This reflection helps reinforce the positive aspects of the shoot and allows them to see the beautiful results of their courage and openness.

Through this process, I aim to create not just images, but lasting memories of a transformative and uplifting experience.


What's your process for selecting locations or settings for a shoot?

Whether it’s at the beach, in a park, in an urban setting, or occasionally in my studio, each location is chosen with great care to ensure it enhances the overall vision of the shoot.

The comfort of my model is always a top priority. I choose locations that are easy to access and have amenities nearby, such as restrooms and places to rest. For beach and park shoots, I look for spots that offer some shade and shelter in case the weather changes. Urban locations are selected based on their accessibility and ease of navigation to avoid long, tiring walks.



Privacy is crucial, especially for shoots that require more intimate or vulnerable expressions. I scout locations during different times of the day to find moments when they are less crowded. This ensures that the model feels comfortable and can express themselves freely without distractions or interruptions. For urban shoots, I look for quieter streets or hidden alleys that provide a sense of seclusion.

Safety is another key consideration. I avoid locations that could pose hazards, such as unstable ground, areas with heavy traffic, or places that are known to be unsafe. I also make sure that the locations are legal to shoot in and that any necessary permits are obtained.


The natural beauty of a location is often the first element that catches my eye. I look for places that offer stunning scenic views, interesting landscapes, and unique features that can serve as a beautiful backdrop. For beach shoots, I seek out areas with picturesque rock formations, soft sand, and gentle waves. In parks, I prefer spots with lush greenery, flowering plants, and interesting trees.

For urban shoots, I am drawn to locations with vibrant street art, interesting architecture, and dynamic cityscapes. The textures of brick walls, the reflections in glass buildings, and the contrast between old and new structures all add depth and character to the photos.

Color and shadows play a significant role in my decision-making. I observe how natural light interacts with the surroundings throughout the day. I look for places where the sunlight creates beautiful patterns of shadows on the ground, adding texture and depth to the images.



I choose locations that are convenient for both the model and me. I prefer spots that are not too far from our starting point to avoid long travel times, which can be tiring and reduce the model’s energy levels. This consideration helps keep the shoot efficient and enjoyable for everyone involved.

Although I rarely shoot in my studio, when I do, it’s usually for projects that require controlled lighting and specific backdrops. In the studio, I have the advantage of manipulating light and shadows precisely, which is perfect for more stylized or conceptual shoots.

Choosing the right location is a blend of artistic vision and practical considerations. Each location is selected to bring out the best in both the model and the moment, creating images that are as authentic as they are beautiful.


What techniques do you use to bring out the best in your models?

It's a multifaceted process that involves careful attention to their wardrobe, the set, lighting, and posing.

The model’s outfits play a crucial role in the overall aesthetic of the shoot. I carefully observe the colors, textures, and style of the clothing to find poses and settings that complement and highlight these elements. For instance, a flowing dress might inspire more dynamic, movement-oriented poses, while a structured outfit might call for more poised and sophisticated stances.

I use the environment to frame the model in a way that enhances the visual narrative. I look for interesting elements like trees, walls, or waves that can interact with the model’s pose, creating a more engaging composition. For example, having the model lean against a colorful wall or walk along the shoreline adds context and depth to the image.



Direct sunlight can be harsh and unflattering. I prefer using diffused natural light, which creates a softer look. I often position the model in shaded areas. Shadows add texture and dimension to a photo. I experiment with the natural play of light and shadow in the environment to create interesting patterns on the model and the set. This can add a dramatic and artistic touch to the images.

To bring out the model’s best angles and expressions, I encourage a variety of poses. I suggest starting with simple, natural positions and gradually introducing more dynamic or unconventional poses. This progression helps the model feel comfortable and confident, leading to more authentic and compelling shots.

I engage in light conversation and provide positive reinforcement throughout the shoot. By creating a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, I help the model feel at ease and more willing to experiment with different poses and expressions. This process often reveals their unique personality and natural beauty.

Spontaneity can lead to some of the most beautiful shots. I encourage the model to move naturally, laugh, and express themselves freely. These candid moments often capture their true essence and result in images that are full of life and authenticity.


Are there any specific cultural or social influences that inform your work?

I use yellow, red and blue. I strive to capture the warmth and vitality of my culture, whether it’s through the use of bold, lively colors reminiscent of traditional Colombian festivals or by incorporating natural elements that echo the country's stunning geography.

Living in Florida has introduced me to various aspects of American culture and lifestyle, which I have seamlessly integrated into my creative process.

Inspired by iconic street photographers like the late Bill Cunningham, I am drawn to the candid, allowing me to capture the raw and authentic expressions of people, blending both my cultural influences and the vibrant street culture of a cosmopolitan city like Miami. Cunningham’s ability to find beauty in the ordinary and his dedication to documenting fashion on the streets deeply resonate with my own approach to photography. Although my work is very different from his, I am deeply inspired by his eye.

Classic art and painters play a significant role in shaping my visual style. The timeless techniques and compositions of classical painters inspire me to create photographs with a sense of depth, balance, and elegance. This influence is evident in my attention to detail, use of light and shadow, and the pursuit of capturing the essence and personality of my subjects.


What advice do you have for aspiring photographers who want to work with models?

With over 20 years of experience working with models, I’ve learned that successful photography goes beyond technical skill; it’s about building trust, fostering creativity, and maintaining professionalism.

Respect is the cornerstone of any successful collaboration. Treat every model with the utmost respect. This means being punctual, prepared, and considerate of their comfort and boundaries at all times.

A fundamental rule is to never touch the models. If a pose needs adjustment, use verbal directions or demonstrate the pose yourself. This ensures the model feels safe and respected, maintaining a professional boundary.

Professional behavior extends beyond the shoot itself. Communicate clearly and respectfully, whether you’re scheduling a shoot, providing feedback, or discussing ideas. Maintain a positive and supportive atmosphere during the shoot to help the model feel at ease.



Stay inspired and keep your creativity flowing by exploring different artistic influences, visiting galleries, or collaborating with other creatives. Regularly challenge yourself with new concepts and techniques to keep your work fresh and exciting.

Photography is an ever-evolving field. Continuously educate yourself on new styles, trends, and techniques. Attend workshops, take online courses, and experiment with different genres of photography. This will not only enhance your skillset but also broaden your artistic horizons.

While it’s essential to learn from others, it’s equally important to develop your own unique voice and style. Experiment with different approaches until you find what resonates with you. Your personal style will set you apart in the industry and attract clients who appreciate your distinctive vision.

Build a diverse portfolio that showcases your ability to work with different models, settings, and styles. This demonstrates your versatility and competence, making you more appealing to potential clients and collaborators.


Curate your portfolio to include only your best work. Quality over quantity is key. Each photo should reflect your skill, creativity, and professional standards.

Clear and respectful communication is essential. Discuss the shoot details with the model beforehand, including the concept, wardrobe, location, and any other pertinent information. Make sure the model knows what to expect and feels comfortable asking questions or expressing concerns.

Photography is a collaborative art. Be open to the model’s ideas and input. They bring their own creativity and experience to the shoot, which can enhance the final images. A collaborative approach fosters a positive working relationship and often leads to better results.

Always operate with integrity and honesty. This includes giving proper credit, respecting usage rights, and being transparent about the use of the images. Building a reputation for integrity will earn you respect and trust in the industry.

Remember, the key to lasting success is not just the images you create, but the relationships you build and the respect you earn along the way.


Can you share a rewarding experience you've had while photographing a model?

One time a few years ago a young model shared a few words with me that made me feel like I was doing the right thing. She told me that I made her feel like a princess. This heartfelt compliment resonated deeply with me and reaffirmed why I love what I do.


It’s moments like these that remind me of the profound impact photography can have on individuals. Knowing that my work could make someone feel so special and valued was incredibly touching. It was a powerful reminder of the importance of creating a positive, respectful, and uplifting environment during every shoot.

Beyond capturing beautiful images, my role as a photographer is to empower and uplift the people I work with. Making someone feel like a princess is about more than just the external appearance; it’s about helping them recognize their own beauty, strength, and worth.

When I published this video I also received a very nice comment from a follower from Europe. Here it is, it was the cherry on top I needed. I'm very appreciative of receiving these types of comments. I like it when people say nice things not only about the final product but most importantly about the experience of working with me.


How do you stay inspired and continue to innovate in your photography?

Literature is a profound source of inspiration for me. Reading novels and stories ignites my imagination and helps me visualize scenes, characters, and emotions. The descriptions and narratives found in books allow me to create mental images that I later translate into my photography.

Experimentation is key to innovation. I constantly explore new ways to use color and light. By playing with different lighting setups, natural light conditions, and color palettes, I discover new techniques that add uniqueness to my work. This could mean using bold, contrasting colors to create a striking image or experimenting with shadows and highlights to add depth and dimension.

I push the boundaries of conventional photography by trying out unconventional methods and ideas. Whether it’s using colored gels to manipulate light, shooting at unusual times of the day to capture unique lighting effects, or incorporating unexpected elements into my compositions, these experiments keep my work dynamic and exciting.


I regularly browse through photography magazines and online platforms to see what other creators are doing. This sparks new ideas that I can incorporate into my own work. Analyzing the techniques and styles of other photographers provides fresh perspectives and inspires me to think outside the box.


Inspiration can come from anywhere, art, music, nature, and even everyday life. I remain open to all sources of inspiration, always looking for new ways to interpret the world around me through my lens. This openness helps me develop my own style, as I blend different influences to create something uniquely mine.

By absorbing diverse influences and continuously experimenting, I develop a distinct photographic voice that reflects my personal vision and creativity. Through this continuous process of learning and experimentation, I ensure that my photography remains an authentic expression of my artistic vision.


How does post-production contribute to your final images?

Post-production is an integral part of my photography process, elevating each image from a captured moment to a polished work of art. Just as taking a photograph requires a keen eye and a creative vision, so does the art of photo retouching. It’s about enhancing the natural beauty and essence of the image, not altering it beyond recognition.

I believe in using Photoshop ethically, ensuring that the final images remain true to reality while presenting the subject in the best possible light. The goal is to enhance, not deceive. This means removing temporary blemishes, evening out skin tones, and making minor adjustments that help the subject’s true beauty shine through without compromising authenticity.



When it comes to editing skin, subtlety is key. Techniques such as frequency separation and dodge and burn allow for smoothing out imperfections and enhancing natural highlights and shadows. The result is a flawless yet realistic appearance that celebrates the model’s natural features.

Color correction is another vital aspect of post-production. It involves adjusting the hues, saturation, and contrast to ensure the colors are vibrant and true to life. This process can significantly impact the mood and tone of the image, bringing out the best in both the model and the setting.

Manipulating the background can enhance the overall composition and focus of the image. Whether it’s removing distractions, adding depth, or creating a specific atmosphere, these adjustments help in telling a cohesive and compelling story.

Photo retouching it’s an enjoyable and creative process that allows me to refine my vision and bring out the full potential of each photograph.

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