Ernesto Sue

One-On-One Workshop With Charles Jere | Cary, NC Photographer

My intent and focus in this one-on-one workshop with Charles Jere, was to inspire and motivate him to create great portraits.  In an effort to gauge his needs, and gain a sense of what his expectations were for this session, I encouraged Charles to discuss his concerns, and ask any pertinent questions relating to photography.  Our dialogue was in-depth and centered-on: what he has done so far, ways to build upon his skill-set, and where he wanted to see his work eventually.  We chatted – minus photography gear - for over an hour about his specific concerns.  After our discussion, I reviewed some of the images from Charles’ portfolio and provided my feedback on each one.

Our model for the day was Steven Muncy.  Great job, Steven!  We appreciated you joining us.  Prior to the workshop, Steven had expressed to me that he wanted portraits for social media and his website.  With that in mind, I decided to incorporate capturing great head-shots and portraits into this session, thereby providing how-to and education for Charles.

It was an extremely hot day.  Usually, I would utilize several different areas during a location shoot; in an effort to minimize moving around too much in the heat, I decided to stick to the shaded areas of the park out of direct sunlight.  My goal for this entire workshop was to create some amazing portraits, which we did at this one location, a park-bench.  Given that we were in the shade and I wanted to use the park as the backdrop, we had to deal with two different exposures. I brought out my speedlights and demonstrated how to properly balance speedlights with ambient light.

It was a pleasure having Charles attend my one-on-one workshop, thank you so much.  I hope you are able to use the tips you learned during our educational session to create your own amazing images and portraits.  Steven, thank you for being our subject.  Wayne Myers, as always, great job capturing the awesome footage for the BTS video.

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Harper Bazaar UK March 2015 Publication

First of all I want to say congratulation to Vesela Zarankova who is an amazing fashion designer I had the pleasure of working with in March of 2014, please check out the blog posting for all the images from that shoot.  Vesela was featured in the March 2015 Harper Bazaar UK publication and they choose to include one of the images from our shoot together.

Being published in such a well established magazine is no small effort and I am extremely humble about this wonderful news.  So what does this mean for me? It means that I acknowledge this recognition, but I also understand my work is not done.  I have to continue to push myself to improve my skills and knowledge as an artist.

So I will close with how I started this blog, congratulations once again Vesela Zarankova you certainly deserve it.  Also, I have to say congratulations to Maemae Renfrow who was the model in the image.

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Vision | North Carolina Photographer

Sometimes vision or the lack of it makes an interesting subject.

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3 Min Portrait Holiday Edition | North Carolina Photographer

Last night I went to the preview event of Carolina Style Magazine first table top publication, The Winter Book at Moon Lola in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I had an amazing time and most importantly made some wonderful connections.  So what's this publication about and why did I attend the event?  

Well first the publication, The Winter Book was put together for fashion collectors.  The book will have over 200 pages of striking visual fashion editorials from Charlotte, Charleston, the Raleigh / Triangle area and New York City.  This is a limited edition book so it's poised to be a fashion collector's item.  As of today, I was informed the book is completely sold out, which is insane and it speaks to the incredible support Carolina Style Magazine has and to the amazing content this book contains.

Now, why did I attend this event?  So these types of events are great for networking and meeting colleagues in the area and beyond.  However, what I am most excited about is that I had the pleasure and honor of having a few of my images being published in this book.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to share the amazing images from the two photo shoots I did for the book until I am given the green light, I know, it hurts me too :-(.

So after the event I wanted to do a quick photo shoot in front of the christmas tree in downtown Raleigh.  There was no game plan, it was just something I wanted to get out of my system.  I didn't know if the images would be good or bad, I just wanted to do it.  Nicolette Grenier who is an amazing model was at the event along with James Thomas or should I say Dr. Thomas who is an awesome photographer, they both agreed to indulge me in this crazy unplanned shoot in the cold weather.  When we got to the tree I ask James to hold the light and I quickly setup Nicolette how I wanted her to be posed.  I took my first image at 9:30pm and I took my last image at 9:33pm, hence the 3 min portrait title.

I want to thank The Carolina Style Magazine for including me and my wonderful team to be in this book.  I also want to thank Nicolette Grenier and James Thomas for braving the cold weather to indulge me with this quick and crazy shoot.  Below you will find the images from the photo shoot and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did when we were creating them.  Please stay tuned for new and I hope amazing things in 2015.  Happy holidays and happy new year to all.

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See You Later | Cary North Carolina Photographer

Jessica is leaving town :-(, so this was our see you later photo shoot, not good bye.

Our first photo shoot was almost two years ago, well February 2015 will make two years.  When we first meet I was pleasantly surprised by her bubbly personality, which wasn't the only surprise.  It turns out she was also a dancer, which we quickly incorporated into the photo shoot, as you can see from the video.   Jessica, it was a pleasure to meet you and thank you for supporting me for the pass two years through all my crazy ideas.  Good luck with your future plans I am sure you will be very successful with whatever you choose to do.

With respect to the photoshoot, I primarily used one light source "the icelight" for the entire shoot.  I also incorporated some candle light to add a little mood.  For the full length shot I used one speed light and the icelight to help open the shadows.  The light is the most important element when creating an image so once I had the light right I then moved onto posing.

With posing, I generally pose my subject to fit the environment and once I have the pose right my focus shift to getting a great expression from my subjects.  My goal was to get something timeless and elegant.

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Exposure / Lighting Workshop 2014 | Cary North Carolina Photographer

I had the pleasure of hosting some wonderful photographers and our model Carrie for my 2014 Exposure / lighting workshop.  It was sunny, then cloudy and finally rainy.  We did not backdown from any of our weather challenges, we had a great deal of fun and I hope they walked away with some new techniques to apply to their own craft. 

I did a lot of talking and not so much shooting, so below you will find the only two images I captured.

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Evolving the Practice | North Carolina Photographer

If you followed my photography over the years, you may have noticed that objects are not often my subject matter.  I enjoy shooting people more than I do objects, however, as an artist, I do not welcome nor do I embrace placing limitations on my art/creations.  I continuously seek ways to augment and improve my skill-set; I still need to practice photographing things I wouldn’t normally shoot.  As a photographer, I believe I can find beauty/art in whatever is in front of my lens.

The first image below is simply a snapshot to display the scene, but I wanted to push myself to develop the scene; the additional 9 images show my vision as it evolved in this instance.

"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known"
- Oscar Wilde

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Note: There was no photoshop manipulation, this was all done in camera.

Conversionz Makeup Studio's Annual Photo Shoot

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Photographer:
Ernesto Sue

Video Editor:
Ernesto Sue

Video:
Wayne Wonder

Stylist:
Nicole Sue

Stylist Assistant:
Charlene Banks

Models:
Jessica Lamarre
Farrah Helen Beck
Nancy Tuck Nickel

Hair / Make Up:
Donnicia Whitsett 
Shannon Conversionz Sharpe

Assistants:
John Wooley
Zack Umphrey

Location:
Mosaic

BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO

Farrah Helen Beck | Raleigh North Carolina Photograher

Assistant: Sonja Swanson

Video Assistant: Agnes Lichanska

Model: Farrah Helen Beck

Hair & MUA: Deatrice Snuggs

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BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO

Natural Light Workshop 2014 | Cary North Carolina Photographer

On May 17th, I held a natural light workshop in Cary, North Carolina.  The workshop was done between 2pm and 4pm, which is not the most ideal situation to create images.  However, I knew with the right poses and specific directions we would create some amazing images.  Agnes, Nika and Jim were the 3 photographers who attended my workshop, I hope you all learned something new, thank you for attending.

The models that attended my workshop were Jessica Delovely who I have worked with in the pass and Seema Lateef Aziz.  Jessica had to leave early, so I didn't capture as much images I wanted to of her, which is why Seema dominates the below.  In addition to modeling Seema did the hair and make up.  Seema was a trooper and was very easy to work.

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