New Horizons

New Horizons

It’s been fairly busy for me the last two months, mostly because I currently hold two jobs to help me get by as I continue to develop my business on the side. Not to say that I have been neglectful of my business. In actual fact, I have generated some interest from the network event I posted earlier.

I have managed to create a video for a small business’ website, do a photo shoot for another person through this contact, head shots of male models and photograph a luxury condominium in the Toronto area for listing. There will be a first for everything, but to be able to gain knowledge and experience in these areas will allow me to expand my business as well as develop ideas that will help me grow. I will also be photographing a close connection for family portraits in August.

Through all this, I have come up with some ideas that will help expand my business as well as differentiate myself from other photographers. I have been asked whether or not I do wedding photography. It is by choice that I do not do weddings. It is extremely competitive  in this specific industry and it’s not something I am comfortable doing. I do get surprise looks from non-photographers, but for those who have already done it, they say with a smile that it’s a good thing I don’t. With that, I am developing some of my ideas and will pitch it afterwards to a few people to see if it’s something worth pursuing.

As for my other jobs, I can’t complain. As hard as it is to work up to seven days a week and giving up my summer, it allows me to pay bills while I’m living my dream. One job is in fact photography, and the other job is a BBQ catering job. While I haven’t worked in the food industry for quite a long time (my first job being Mrs. Field’s Cookies), it’s been quite a surprise working at the BBQ place. I am definitely a foodie but not much of a cook. Isn’t that ironic? I learned to make California Rolls a long time ago and found that the home-made version is better than some restaurants. Now that I’m learning more about BBQ, it will essentially help me to appreciate home cooking more as I try out what I know. The place itself is very relaxed, even though on busy days, we are rushed to fill orders. I’m happy to say I managed to hold onto the photography job for over a year now. With the job market in photography being very competitive, I am glad to be employed as a photographer at all.

The photo depicted in this post is the skyline of Mississauga.

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Behind the Scenes

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I was recently asked to help cover some behind the scenes shots for a campaign. Single Mothers In Progress is a charity that helps single moms and need a 30 second video to promote a fundraising campaign. Videographers/producers Roger, J.C. and Phil help to kick off this project with an interview with Montreal Alouettes defensive back Michael Carter at his home with his mom. We later head to Windsor University track and field to record more footage. While there, we come across some soccer players as well as an Olympic athlete practicing on the field. The overall experience was good, and I gained new insight on videography. It was a pleasure to work with Roger, J.C. and Phil as well as meeting a professional athlete such as Michael Carter.

For more information or to donate to Single Mothers In Progress, click the link here:

http://www.singlemothersinprogress.org/index.php

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Daffodil Campaign

Daffodil Campaign Catalog

Daffodil Campaign Catalog

It’s Daffodil Month.

Canadian Cancer Society raises funds by selling daffodils which represents  strength and courage.

A year ago while I was interning at Bell, the photography department collaborated with several departments to put together a campaign to raise awareness and funds to go towards a worthy cause. We were given direction by the marketing team on the look. We then planned and executed photo shoots around Bell’s Creekbank campus with associates from all departments of the PMP. We also did product shoots of the daffodils and the donation box and included behind the scenes photos. After completing edits, graphic designers and Media and Communication associates worked to create a catalog as well as digital signage that was to go up on flat screens around the department. Animators created an animation of the Bell Wordmark of the week using these daffodils. The overall look of the campaign and fundraising was a success.

I am proud to have photographed as well as participated in this CSR campaign.

Daffodil Campaign Catalog

Daffodil Campaign Catalog

Daffodil Campaign Catalog

Daffodil Campaign Catalog

Daffodil Campaign

Daffodil Campaign

All photos are owned by Bell Enterprises, Bell Mobility and the Professional Management Program (PMP) which has been released to Grecel Nepomuceno for presentment.

For more on my portfolio, please visit my official website at:

http://grecelnepomuceno.wix.com/portfolio

 

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Food Photography

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Recently, I bought a Groupon to do food photography with a local professional photo-grapher. It gave me the opportunity learn from someone with more experience and find out what his process is. Being a foodie myself, I was glad I was able to eat the products after photographing them. This particular dessert is bougatsa from Avli Restaurant in the Danforth area, Toronto. It’s definitely worth trying. Afterwards, I was amused by the little Buddha and fountain crystal ball. An animated gif will take a little more effort. I will post that later when complete. For now, here’s some photos:

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Universal Seminars

I recently had the opportunity to photograph for Universal Seminars and came across some amazing people. Erik Swanson for one was very enthusiastic and had an energy about him that I couldn’t help but smile when he kept saying I was awesome. He had such a positive attitude even when there were some minor issues to be dealt with. I was glad he pointed out to me what kinds of things he wanted to see photographed. In actual fact, I prefer that clients tell me what’s working and what’s not. I am there to serve them because these photos will be used by them. Every now and then, I would show him what I had on camera. By all accounts, he was happy with what I have done so far.

In terms of the event itself, there were several speakers who were there to help entrepre-neurs and business people help improve sales in more ways than one. They each had their unique selling points. Among the speakers at the Toronto event were Ron White, Loral Langemeier, Doug Grady and Ken Renner. Ron White is a memory expert and has been featured on Fox Television, CBC, NBC, Discovery Channel and newspapers and magazines all over the world. Loral Langemeier is a money expert and has helped thousands become millionaires. She has bestselling books such as the Millionaire Expert and was a contri-butor to The Secret. Doug Grady is the author of Ripple Effect and has been helping professionals around the world connect with their customers, clients and audiences. Finally, Kenn Renner is a real estate expert and has the #1 real estate Youtube channel. He also teaches entrepreneurs how to market themselves using video marketing. Listening to each of these speakers, you want to know more about how they can help you. With Ron White as an example, he points out how many of us forget people’s names when we first meet them. In terms of business, it would be beneficial to remember who we meet as well as what they do. I admit that my name is not easy and I certainly don’t expect people to remember it. At the same time, I have been more likely to do business with someone who does remember it and even say my name correct. (I should now introduce my name as gracious Grecel so I am more memorable.). Moreso, I’ve been wanting to learn several languages and it is difficult because I am not submerged in the kind of culture I need to allow me to remember.

It was certainly an interesting event. More humbling is the fact that everyone seemed down to earth. I did not once think any of them were snobbish or had that better-than-thou attitude because of who they are.

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