Lifestyle Photography

Creative Funk

"It'll pass, it all does." Some days feel as if you have no control over what will happen over the tenuous schedule throughout your day. As a creative; even with all the projects I have going on, you can still fall into a funk. When I was younger I would know I'd be falling into an uncontrollable funk when I'd be dreaming about food even after lunch. Breaking out of habits is what will create a new habit. When I feel as if I've invested my mind and matter into a situation too much I try to find the simpler things. 

No matter what the content is, you may still find yourself in a funk, even if you are not a creative. I rely heavily on two things, my camera and my hobbies. Cycling is one of my favorite hobbies, and taking my camera with me on the adventure is the real plus. Allowing myself to interact with my trip, knowing that there is no time limit just to coast and feel the breeze and know why everyone else is out today; or the real question to ask, what is everyone doing out today? 

Bollipop Los Angeles; ©Sosaphoto,2017. 

Leap into Action! ©Sosaphoto;2017. 

One key to my successes is to be open to ideas and also hopefully others would be open to your ideas. I've had athletes, models, and regular joe's sometimes have some difficulty trying an additional idea for our session. What keeps my creativity ticking is my art for it all. I've always had a passion for sketching and love seeing great graphic design, I'm no graphic designer but some of the concepts I've seen I try to emulate into my photographs. The shapes and forms help me understand the simplicity we as humans must have when we interact with objects and other humans. 

Wine Down

Wind down at the Fess Parker Wine room. After much anticipation the wine cellar and wine tasting has been unveiled. One a futuristic like tasting room, easy enough to get off a cruise on the shoreline of Santa Barbara and have a few tasting of Fess Parker's finest selection. 

I'm granted and blessed to work in a city I went to college in. For the past 6 years I've seen a lot of change happening within the sand and stones that make up Santa Barbara. Fess Parker has let me define my imagery over time. I had the privilege to photograph the Grand Opening of the Fess Parker Wine Room & Tap. It was a long process until it was able to get going and fully finalized for the guests and general public to start coming through. 

Fess Parker was not just an actor but also a wine connoisseur and vintner. The Fess Parker winery is located in Los Olivos and has various choices that were created and aged over time. The most advanced feature that the Wine room has is the electronic wine taps; you could taste various bottles as long as you scan your card it acts very much the same as a soda machine, except with the amenities of alcohol. The time and detail that crafted this space was very meticulous; painted murals on the wall of the Fess Parker winery. Natural varnished wood with iron tables to resemble the same tonality of a winery, two spacious windows created the natural light throughout the day to give in the same greenery that a grape orchard would supply. 

Electronic Wine taps for tasting experience. ©Sosaphoto2016. 

Print layout of Grand Opening from the Santa Barbara News Press. 

Each moment I step foot at this resort I'm never surprised at what's next. What else will adapt the newer crowds, what will bring in new guests, and most important what will keep returning guests. As a creative I know you have to adapt as times adapt, that's the only way to stay a float. One thing is for certain, each job has to be commended to your team, that is what keeps the motor running. From the chef's to the door man, it's all a team effort to create the best experience for any guests, any shape or size. (dog or not).

Images from the Double Tree Employee appreciation day. Never have I ever seen two chef's play ping pong, the opening line for their food was "best served chilled." 

Stay Fly

A picture says a thousand words, so I'll just leave that top image right there. I am lucky enough to get to travel to places I've never explored of even dreamt of. I welcomed this next adventure into my books since I had a lucky assistant and travel companion, my pops. We traveled to New Orleans for a week of voodoo, spirits and an appealing heap of savory treats. Beforehand, I touched base with a few restaurants to create some content for them when I would be traveling to the state of Louisiana.  Being persistent and present is what allowed me to set up some assignments while traveling and some great trade opportunities. 

Today. "Choose a job you will love and you will never have to work a day in your life"-Confucius

Let's talk the real reason why we chose New Orleans. FOOD!! Leading up to this trip every corner I turned to, once I mentioned New Orleans the first thing that came to a persons mind was what restaurants I had locked in and what time was I going to Café Du Mondé! In New Orleans, as Louie Armstrong can tell you, you can not start a day until you've fed the soul. 

Back in Action

Coffee is all around being. Café is all around culture in my family. It's hard to have a creative project without getting coffee of any sorts involved. It lands itself as the starting ignition to every beginning or ending if it's in the right dessert. 

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On this assignment, I traveled to Hollywood to photograph a unique way to serve coffee. At Alfred's in the Alley espresso cups on the go are best served with an edible treat. No matter the time of day, there's always a place and time for some recharge that let's you consume each drip to the very essence. 

Gone In A Flash

Over my years in this industry, the photographer life is one with many avenues. You never know where an assignment will take you in life. My most recent assignment took me to the "World's Largest Corn Maze" which included a run/walk for participants. One of the fastest recorded times was close to 12 minutes. I believe the record was actually broke in seconds, but who am I to judge since no one was quick enough to catch the Flash except myself. 

Richardson Farms; World Champions Chicago Blackhawks CornMaze 2015; ©Sosaphoto2015

Richardson Farms; World Champions Chicago Blackhawks CornMaze 2015. 

Gone In A Flash! ©Sosaphoto2015

Some of the best experiences I get is meeting the people who come to these sort of magical places. For me it's about hearing those stories of why they came out that day and what makes memories like that so special to a family, a child or even from a dogs perspective. No matter the temperature (as cold as it got that day, close to low 30's) there's always a turnout. There's the rest of society who chooses to sleep in and dream a little longer; however, as a photographer I choose to take that reality we have in front of us and transcribe it to create a dream like look. Whoever missed out will feel right in place with the rest of the explorers from that day. No matter the subject, the character or place it's about recreating the dream so that each viewer is welcome to enjoy whatever endeavors they seek. 

Let's Go Run, All Community Events Family Portrait; ©Sosaphoto2015

Pre-Run and race featuring jogger and dog getting ready for festivites. ©Sosaphoto2015

BBQ Season

Let's celebrate, it's BAR-BE-QUE SEASON! 

Someone remember to supply the bar and we can last all day and night. This last idea popped in my head one day. Drinking alone is always a bad idea, so in that instance you are alone on fourth of July weekend for instance. First find a damn good 6 pack or be the american you are and grab some Millers. Next find a chicken and let him be the guest of honor! 

As crazy as it all looks, it's more fun than you can imagine. Just think of it as if you're pouring one out for the homies, this ones for you Herbert. (Yes, I also named him Herbert). It felt fitting since Herbert Hoover was in charge of mining and creating the hoover dam. Hence, I excavated his mines to store this national treasure. God Bless America! 

Well now that we got the fun out of the way, we can't forget about the sponsors. Thanks to Upland Campside, made a delicious counterpart for Herbert, I believe he fully supported this message. 

Thanks to all the outdoor fun I'm having this summer, I hope everyone at home sure gets adventurous with what you cook and what you eat. Don't ever forget to have the tradition items as a back up for those picky carnivores out there. 

Independence

Currently, in this Chapter of the Sosa Chronicles. Chicago has been feeding me with a lot of regulatory inspiration which leads to creating fun imagery on the go. 

Catching my Hometown Heros; Los Angeles Dodgers, as Ernie Banks silhouette looks on.

This past month I had a few friends visit me; including my photographer friend, Matt Douglas. It's somewhat interesting to see how people take the tourist approach on a lot of the cities most iconic monuments. 

The selfie game is always a fun way for most people to do it, I would rather be the observer and see how some things play out. During the summer while everyone is out, I get to people watch on my breaks from Commercial Advertising with select companies and as my mind wanders, so does my camera. 

The Land Of The Free 

The Home Of The Brave

Know Your Presence

Outside of my studio environment I must always have my special hats on. No I'm not talking about costumes, I just mean my hat of presence and of heightening my senses to notice the details of my surroundings. 

I've been a man of many hobbies and interests. Yoga is a greater form of stretching to me; however, to many others it is a spiritual task and a greater understanding of ones body. Breathing alone is the key to being a yogi. This is where you need presence the most, where you tend to find the composition around the environment to create the story. 

Always remember to smell the roses 

And breath the air around.

Buried Treasure

Some of you may know I traveled out East! That's a rare find for someone to travel East and not West. Never the less, I still do what I love and let my passion for photography guide my life sometimes. I would've never pictured myself to be a journeyman but that time has come. As a photographer, every image has a deeper meaning than most may think. 

An image truly says 1,000 words. 

When a photographers portrait is taken, some say their soul is captured as well. I try not to think of this image much; however, when the person taking it is no one. Then isn't it almost like fate caught me off guard? I recently got a GoPro and I forgot it was even running when it snapped this picture of me during my 37 hour journey.  After a week's time is when I noticed this image. It is the only image I have of me in my entire trip. 

                                                                                  Are you ready for the Summer Splash? 

Behind the Scenes (©Anibal Sosa) aka Poppa Sosa! 

In March, I embarked on a journey I never dreamed of. Traveling to Santa Barbara, for something more memorable than I can ever imagine. 

My clients have always been number 1 in my life; Fess Parker Double Tree, has been my best relationship in my life. After 4 years I've come a long way and helped their photography grow as a whole. My motto has always been "Never Stop Creating." 

This hands down has to be one of the funnest shoots I've had in my young career. The children that day were a blast to work with! It makes my life easier when the "talent" is very open to many ideas. I can easily say they let my imagination come to life.

 

 I myself have grown a lot with Fess Parker always by my side. From photographing events to producing, casting, retouching and styling. Just about everything for their updated room catalogs to new and upcoming Ad Campaigns. The one rule that has always fueled me is how much I can think out of the box and still find something amazing out of nothing. If you don't know by now after looking at all this Magic, my clients always come first. 

                            Santa Barbara will forever have a big place in my heart. Be back REAL soon. 

Pub Crawl

This past week I found out one of my images made it all the way to Publication! Crawling my way into the editorial world. Thanks to the Fess Parker, published my work as an Ad insert for one of their unique accommodations!

Lately in life I've noticed a lot of my friends & family can't go to the next step in life & travel because of pets being by their side. A pet is more than a responsibility, they're a best friend for most and they must be along for the adventure, anyway possible! Fess Parker Double Tree is one of the only dog friendly hotels in Santa Barbara. If your ever in the area and need a weekend trip, just don't forget your best friend. 

Published in Fido Magazine

This shoot was a ton of fun for me. Both dogs that I photographed were some of the most outgoing and personable dogs I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. What made this shoot fun was trying to keep the dogs calm, trying to get that scene that I pictured in my head to reality. 

Hera, enjoying the view. ©Sosaphoto2013

The dogs are allowed on all parts of the property; however, there are certain buildings that allow the dog visitors residence of course. I'm sure Hera (above) loved the view she had that day. It sure was difficult to get her attention when the beach was literally across the street and the pool was right behind her. I know, so many options, so little time. Don't worry I'm sure she loved her stay either way.

Scarlett for Delivery! ©Sosaphoto2013

Don't try this at home! We conquered the impossible that day by getting Scarlett(above) on the luggage cart and keeping her nice and calm. She really wanted to see how hard the job was; apparently easier than she thought because she didn't have to do any of the pushing. For me, this shoot brought a lot of patience. Animals are a lot like children, you need to be calm around them but yet somehow pull their attention without having them get too excited.

Give Thanks & Tradition

This past week my life has felt like two completely different worlds. Thanksgiving, for me was a time to give back and give thanks to those who need that helping hand in life. I'm a big fan and supporter of helping out, especially those who truly need it. We all need a hand at something in life; may it be exercising, that extra push for a job, or even financially.

I was more than pleased to help out on my Thanksgiving to the Union Station Homeless Shelter. They had a Thanksgiving dinner in the park that day. Enjoy the show below and appreciate every moment ahead. Right now in life, I'm just trying to appreciate what's in front of me till this moment in time is all wrapped up and gone. Always try and stay focused on what's next at hand.

Marv Gross accepting the check from Bank of America on behalf of Union Station Homeless Services. Thanksgiving Goal met!

Volunteers coming in early to lend their time and give back.

A day to give back to thousands and just be grateful.

Some people volunteer as families to share the positive moment of helping others. This was Carmen and her sons first time giving back.

Huge turn out leads to a lot of happy faces. Entire families coming together for a free meal.

Marv Gross as he helps find the parents of Diego and Juan on a busy day at the park. (Don't worry they were found moments later)

The reward of suppling Thanksgiving for the children & their families.

Thanks sure is a word often used lightly, but try to appreciate it the more and more you use it. Thanksgiving was also a great time to see families come together and create their own traditions so that they can bond together and stick closer and closer each year. I hope everyone I know out there had an Awesome Thanksgiving and just try and have this time to bring your families together and create your own tradition just like Carmen and her son volunteering for the first time and hopefully more to come!

Active Lifestyle

Lately, I've felt rejuvenated. Most people would say I'm a morning person; I'd say I just love sunlight that much! You have to think of yourself in life as a plant, everyday you need sunlight and food to grow. Everyday needs to be a productive and kick butt kinda day! Sleep is for tomorrow, then again tomorrow never comes around when your having fun. 

Get in that AM zone!

I did this shoot not to long ago in Santa Barbara for the Fess Parker Double Tree. I planned it out about 2 or 3 months in advance. Finding models and getting the location dialed in right on time. It was a really fun shoot for me. When people say they hate Monday's, I just laugh about it because as you see my Mondays sure are quite different from most.  

Monday's are the WORST! Not for me.

An active lifestyle is the only lifestyle I know as of late. Everyone wants to know what's got me ticking as of late. Once you get all the kinks and distractions out of the way you start to focus on the main objective and really start to give it your all to one thing. I'm pleased that I can build on my career, hobbies and loves and yet really give it my all to what I love to shoot everyday! Keeping fit helps as well, it keeps my mind and body at peace and lets me focus on what I need to focus on in life.  This shoot really let me sink in to this idea and notion of where I'm at in life. Hope you enjoy the shots and get your fit on! 

Get Your Fit On!