Thru the Lens of Auey Santos

.what as I see as my camera captures it.

New Website Launched! October 29, 2007

Filed under: Raves — aueysantos @ 5:35 am

My new and improved website was launched over the weekend! While I have loads of new material to add to the galleries, I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. Do check it out!!! The address is the same www.photograffiti.net

Here’s a screenshot! You can see a glimpse of my Heroes wallpaper and messy desktop!

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Claudia October 19, 2007

Filed under: Portraits — aueysantos @ 4:56 pm

Shooting another photographer is always a bit nerve-wracking.

#1 because they tend to be the worse models and don’t receive direction well (the irony of it!)

#2 they are hyper critical of themselves
#3 they prefer to be behind the camera, not in front of it.

Good thing, my friend, mentor, sometime boss Claudia was a great model for me at a mini session at my house the other day. We agreed to shoot each other since we both badly needed new headshots for our (soon be revamped and improved!) websites. Here are some of my favorites from the session. Thanks, Claudia!

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And of course, we have to have the shot with the camera!
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A Taxing Day October 12, 2007

Filed under: Business,Workshops — aueysantos @ 3:30 pm

I really hate dealing with money matters except when I’m receiving a check or spending it at B&H. But being in photography business, I realized that you can’t separate the lines between wedding photography as a business and a service.

So in line with being a registered business owner (pat back, pat pat), I decided it was a good idea to get educated about my responsibilities regarding paying taxes. The Board of Equalization had just sponsored a FREE one-day workshop at California State University Hayward for Small Businesses and I decided to attend. The day consisted of various workshops catered to two different tracks: 1 for those considering going into business and 2 for those already in business. It was a great resource of information. But being sponsored by the Board of Equalization, you could expect a lot of emphasis on proper payment of taxes: income tax, sales tax and use tax. But what I did enjoy about the seminars were all the little secret deductions they also shared with us. Of course, they also stressed proper record keeping and documentation to justify these deductions. It was a day well spent, me thinks.

The classes I attended included:

Marketing

Sales and Use Tax: Avoiding Common Pitfalls

Succeeding in a Home Based Business

If you are interested in attending a future workshop sponsored by the California Board of Equalization, I highly recommend it! Visit their website at http://www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/tpsched.htm
for updates.

 

Elizabeth & Doug @ Ainsley House October 4, 2007

Filed under: Weddings — aueysantos @ 4:51 am

Los Altos & Campbell CA

Here are some photos from a wedding I did this past summer with Claudia Akers Photography. What struck me most about this wedding was how animated and carefree the couple was. Both Elizabeth and Dough are professional actors and their wedding theme reflected their love for theatre and acting. What fun!

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