Thru the Lens of Auey Santos

.what as I see as my camera captures it.

Don Edwards: Unlikely Bridal Portrait Venue May 31, 2007

Filed under: Weddings — aueysantos @ 12:38 am


I love looking for unusual venues to shoot bridal shots and sometimes the most unexpected or plain looking place can produce beautiful striking images. The photo above is one of my most favorite bridal photos and while it doesn’t really show clue us in that the figure is a bride – I feel it effectively captures the exuberance of getting married. This shot was done at Don Edwards Nature Reserve in Fremont. I have always passed by these trees during numerous Sunday hikes and thought how wonderful it would be to shoot capture them on film. It is always an adventure to travel to Palace of Fine Arts or to Napa for those romantic bridal sessions, but sometimes you only need to look as far as your backyard for that great shot.


4/4 Nights with Jules Bianchi May 30, 2007

Filed under: Workshops — aueysantos @ 12:40 am

Los Angeles based photographer Jules Bianchi’s vibe is unbelievably infectious. Knowing her makes you want to be her. Jules is practically defined by her mile-a-minute monologues, her spunky fashion style, and talented eye for great images. I first stumbled upon her blog five months back in the Open Source Photography forum and immediately was drawn to her plaid background and cutesy logo. So I was pretty psyched at hearing her speak the PPGBA sponsored 4 Nights. She shared everything from marketing secrets, work flow, inspirational techniques. It was awesome night of learning and getting inspired. Check out her blog, she’s the cutest photographer with some serious talent. You just want to shrink her and bring her home in your pocket!

And that concluded the PPGBA’s 4 Nights. Money well spent for tons of inspiration.


Alisa @ Niles May 29, 2007

Filed under: Portraits,Toddlers to Teens — aueysantos @ 12:40 am

It’s not quite yet season for Seniors Portraits but we were pleased to get an early start with a picorial with the very beautiful 16-year-old Alisa. She got a jumpstart on her portraits since she’s not quite an incoming senior but she certainly exudes the high-energy spirit of an All-American girl.



And here’s a photo of Alisa with her mom Gina. Now you know where her good looks come from!



Martin Munkasci: Think While You Shoot May 26, 2007

Filed under: Inspiration — aueysantos @ 12:42 am


Whether you are a professional, amateur photographer or a photography enthusiast, I highly suggest you visit the Martin Munkacsi exhibit now featured at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It runs until September 16, 2007.

If you are a sports or event photographer, you will marvel at Munkacsi’s mastery of the decisive moment. If you are fashion or celebrity photographer, you will enjoy his early celebrity portraits of Fred Astaire and Frieda Kahlo. His hiring by media magnate William Randolph Hearst in the 40s perhaps established him as one of the first celebrity photographers of his time. If you are a portrait artist, you’ll marvel at his spontaneous in-motion style which laid the groundwork for contemporary portraiture today.

The celebrated Hungarian born photo-journalist (1896-1963) is probably lesser known than his contemporary Cartier-Bresson or Robert Kappa. In fact after his death in 1963, he was virtually forgotten. But seeing his exhibit realized how much of my work aspiration is influenced and inspired by Munkacsi’s style and fashion-forward vision. I was a huge Munkacsi fan without even knowing it.


3/4 Nights with Jennifer Skog May 23, 2007

Filed under: Workshops — aueysantos @ 12:43 am

Another inspiring night with another inspiring photographer: Walnut Creek based Jennifer Skog. And that’s Skog, as in rhymes with Vogue.

It amazes me how many more women are getting the respect and credit in the photography industry. Jennifer was one of those women who just made you thankful for being a girl. Feminist wiles set aside, the empowerment of being a female photographer puts you in the unique position of selling to someone like yourself. And we all know that the photography industry is a female driven. Clients are Moms and Brides-to-be and we understand their needs. Jennifer’s talk taught me to play to those strengths.

Jennifer’s awesome work can be found at her website,


Print wins Best Environmental Portrait May 20, 2007

Filed under: Raves — aueysantos @ 12:14 am

Yahoo! My print of Gigi Valiant at Red Rock Canyon won a Gold Ribbon in the Environmental Portrait category of the monthly PPGBA meeting! It was my second time to join the contest and I was so proud to bring home a prize.


Photo taken from the June 2007 edition of the PPGBA Bulletin. Photo by John Spicer Jr.


Marco @ 2 Weeks May 19, 2007

Filed under: Babies,Family Portraiture,Slideshows — aueysantos @ 12:44 am

Nothing like new baby smell. Here’s little Marco at 2 weeks. Click here for the slideshow.