Austin Marcel Sosa

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

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.

Community Outreach

I'd like to send a special Thanks to Jeff Turner of "In the Neighborhood Deli". Having donated his time to others, especially reaching out to Food For Friends and getting the Turkeys donated for those several hundreds of thousands of joyful people who walked away from this event more than full. Also, a big shoutout to Grand Victoria Casino, who also surprised us last minute with another dozen turkeys and counting. So much food came out of this day that they had containers for people to walk away with. All I can say to end this session is that I'm truly blessed to partake in this communities Thanksgiving, I'm looking forward to my next adventure. 

Unlike theme parks there is no age requirement or height requirement, just need the good in your soul. The community of Elgin, IL gives back like Wild Fire. It's truly amazing how everyone saves time to give back on this holiday of togetherness. I've made it a tradition of mine to spend some time on Thanksgiving and give back, as others are spending their time to embrace the big support of lending a hand and a meal. Some of us are truly blessed and gifted with open opportunity; however, for those that aren't they all need support here and there. Having lived in this community for a few short months showed me a lot. 

Thanksgiving Jeer is out to spread.  Everyone from the Fire Department Captain, Police Captain; to even the former School Board Superintendent. I had the great opportunity of speaking with the him; Dr. Jose M Torres, it was great to hear that he stepped away to see this community grow and to even see some of his former students out and about lending a hand as well. 

Each individual had stories to tell; may they have been new to the area like I, or even the first African American to live on that side of town in 1960. Either way, I'm glad to say we had our piece of pie and had time to share with each other. Salvation Army, also stepped in and helped donate clothing to the less fortunate to keep warm this cold Winter Season. 

A Journey Ahead

Things are progressing here; as I took each day one day at a time and pushed myself to get to where I'm at. I could not have gotten here without the help of some very special friends & family. My next Chapter in life is coming up sooner than I can even imagine. As of December 30th I'll be splitting out of LA for a little while and starting a new journey.  I've set out and am going to make a cross country road trip. Reconnecting with old friends along the way, starting the new year fresh and hopefully leaving a large imprint on others lives.

Dive Into A New World!

My final destination on my game of life is Cleveland, Ohio. So far, it's looking like a 36 hour drive and I may possibly do it solo with my camera gear and that's it. Just know, I'll be living my dreams and getting out into the world.  I landed a job offer for a short time being, still applying my creative field and using my photography magic to the fullest! The big picture is who knows whats next. I try to wonder and imagine my new path and new journey; although, all I can imagine is the thought of being still and aware of just what's still in front of me for the days I have left here.  I'll be back sooner than you can imagine LA, keep on your toes and watch out for this new road warrior!

Happy Holidays!

The Holidays are underway in all parts near and far. Time to give back & go that extra mile! At the end of the day everyone wants to think of themselves but this time makes us think more about everyone else. Any sort of gift is a plus; that is how you have to think of it, you need to be memorable and creative and just give from the heart. 

Welcome to Geppetto's workshop. Magic and Holiday Cheer passed around the Sosa life.

Here's a view into one of my workshops. Show your holiday spirit and get out, create it already!  To those that have to travel, safe paths ahead to and from whatever destination you choose to go to. Sure, everyone gets upset about traveling during holiday seasons. Although, it is about going "Home" wherever that may be; or, finding your true home and just having  a good time with friends and family. Either way have some fun! 

Holiday Drip the Cheer! ©Sosaphoto2013

During this cold winter time it's good to stay warm. Let's start that off by keeping your sweet tooth warm. It's good to sit out by the fire; kickback, relax and just enjoy what's in front of you and what's to come. We have to reflect on ourselves and how much we've done this past year.  Most importantly try to focus on what big adventures are to come! Wonder what bigger brighter spots to come in 2014! (No "burning" necessary) 

From Me to You, Happy Holidays here at Sosaphoto and Have a Happy New Year!

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!

A Helping Hand

A few weeks ago I got the privilege of helping a hand on a fun shoot. I had to chase around kids, food; oh, and a dromedary named Bert. 

The Patrol Challenge is where Boy scouts and Girl scouts all over Southern California get a list of clues and tasks they must complete in and around LA.  Scouts grow by each task they complete; although, adults are there every step of the way for guidance. 

The best part about this event is that all the items collected by the troops were being donated to Charity. As well as canned goods. By the time we were getting ready to leave the event it was an amazement to see 4 truckloads worth of canned goods going to Charity! I'm glad I can lend a hand and always help a good cause! 

Patrol Challenge 2013. Hosting Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts all over Southern California. 

Troops had a list of items that had to be found and brought back. Just like a scavenger hunt, except some items were a little challenging. (Dinosaur poop, little brother or sister) 

Kids getting creative as they had to create a Super hero and Arch enemy. Some Parents were the victims here or test subject. 

One younger troop as they sing their troop anthem. 

Bert, the dromedary. Patrol Challenge Mascot. Bert and I became really close friends at the end of all this.

Downtown Glow Run!

About a month ago I got the opportunity to shoot the LivingSocial 5K Glow Run!  The coolest thing about the 5k is that at the end of the race they had a dance party as well.

It was set in Downtown LA at the Historic Park.  The weather that night was historic in it's self; the harvest moon was just coming to an end and the clouds had been rolling in! Here are a select few of images from that night.

LivingSocial 5K Start, ©Sosaphoto2013

There was a very large turn out of runners.  There had to be multiple start off times because of the amount of people.  Luckily, I'm in somewhat of decent shape as of late since I had to catch up to some of the runners. 

Take off!, ©Sosaphoto2013

I'm an architecture guy myself, so when I see the right moment for the best view I catch it! Towards the end of the race I got that opportunity; the racers were running through these dance tunnels that had changed colors and played music throughout.  It aligned perfectly with Downtown right as the runners were coming close to the finish line. Everyone charged full speed ahead! 

Full Speed Ahead!, ©Sosaphoto2013