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Behind the Lens: Los Angeles Kings

Brian Kuhlmann is a very talented photographer I had the opportunity to work with. Coincidence or not he's originated from Chicago, IL! This assignment happened right before playoffs were about to begun. I remember walking into the practice facility in my Drew Doughty jersey and my 300mm not ready to mess around; coming out of the tunnel with an extra foot and a half on me in skates and low and behold Drew Doughty himself almost out of kids fantasy. 

Sports have been bled into my life throughout my childhood; however, as you all know it's never about the sport, it's about the people that make us become so passionate about a team. A rivalry is what creates the competitive nature to win to compete, most important to be the very best. This project was top secret for awhile as it played a priority leading into the playoffs. 

Each and everyday I am very gracious for the career I lead, the opportunities it has landed me, the people I have met. The networking opportunities that I embrace and create so that each and every artist I have met along my path is creating the best work they can put together. It's about a bond, a drive, and a goal, the fact that others are helping each day as a team is the key to success; the knowledge of knowing. Photographers, artists, and producers all have a goal and always need a helping hand getting there because it's the fact that your network that you have created is honestly your team. As Marcel Dionne the very great had Charlie Simmer, Rogie Vachon, & Dave Taylor always by his side to help his HOF career shine. 

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Design Entry

I love to create in just about any way possible. Sometimes through design, text, drawing, and so forth. One lesson that has gone far with me as an artist is to always share growth of creativity with other creatives. Photography wasn't my main interest growing up, I loved carpentry and architecture; believe it or not. I've stayed connected with a colleague whom I call my friend; Israel Guevara, I've known since high school & he is currently enrolled at Sci-Arc and is a very talented architect & designer himself. 

Close up for futuristic modern building. 

His sculpture was selected for top design at Sci-Arc as a public space or community center. The craters on the bottom are holes that a hilltop would have with simulated agriculture around the building. The sculpture as a whole is unique and yet using your imagination could be cost effective in the long run creating something artistic and useable for a creative center. 

Another type of design that I fully appreciate and enjoy are through fashion and products. Denim is a good example of something that can have just about thousands of creations and possibilities. The newest item to start a creative trend in my opinion are the flyknit's. Bringing grandma's style back in the coolest way, no she didn't sew my shoes together but I sure like to dream of it in some century that could've happened. 

Nike Flyknits; ©Sosaphoto 2016. 

I've always been keen on showing off my treasures, but to show off someone's else's treasure and masterpiece is what I appreciate the most. The craft to create something and see it from beginning of design to ending where it's fully developed into the baby you have raised into childhood is quite a remarkable feeling. Lately I've had this tone of being hard on myself, hard on the work I create. As an artist you'll always be your harshest critic, to get away from this I like to digest what I've created and let it sit until I finalize my projects. Let's call it the darkroom time. You've gotta wait until your prints are done in the stop bath to fully see the final image you created. No project is ever complete but I'm always growing to become better, just like all of us are growing to become better individuals each and everyday. 

Racing Flyknit; ©Sosaphoto 2016

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. 

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. 

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.

Testing 1-2-3

Testing is all important in the life of a photographer. Everyday, I'm testing something new. May it be new locations, new models and most importantly new gear. 

WARNING! Be cautious while location scouting. 

For me, when I'm location scouting I'm trying to see how light reacts and how nature reacts to it. Usually I'll keep a scouting camera in my car; for instance, a GoPro does so much justice on the road. 

Selfies are just a set of an example. 

Be prepared for bailing models, it happens. Have a friend ready for adventures, if not be prepared to to snap a selfie. Your just seeing how skin reacts to the lighting set around you, in this case it was a glorious day and the overcast works brilliantly with skin tones, yet the harshness of the Sun gives a natural edge light. 

Last but not least, test your equipment. My favorite thing is to bring my little GoPro buddy with me on assignments. From this editorial, I created a promotional video showing the creation of one of Acadia's newest dishes. Testing my video capabilities on my GO helped to show the client an understanding of what direction we could take when we do bring the full production in. 

Forensic Files

To Try is To Do. 

Plenty of people forget this term and are careless about trying the new things given to us. Pizza was never a big thing in my family; however, currently residing in Chicago makes it tough to fade away from pizza. You can throw everything on there even the kitchen sink; but lets make it simple and start off with the classic Sardine

Fish is a great way of finding the necessary protein and vitamins a lot of us can't pick up in our regular diet. The main thing about these little creatures is that they always remember to stay hydrated, that's the key!

Here's another fun shoot that I have done with a food stylist; Jason Wheeler. He has some awesome work and some of the best company to have around as well! 

One heads up though, this experiment of a shoot got to get a little dark, in a Dexter kind of way. 
Viewer Discretion is Advised!  

Prepping your fish is one of the most important parts; you have to lay out which pieces are nutritional and which may just make you sick for too long. We've all heard of the blowfish technique, if not, I advise you to look it up. Don't forget to finish it off Cuban style and knock the head off the hen! 

No matter the gruesome journey that had to be taken to get here, this is the same process with every food we it. May it be a chicken, a cow or even a pea. It's the state of being a man and providing food for the family. 

On that note! Let's see what awesome fun stuff we got to create with these beautiful creatures that gave up their soul for our imagery. Also, big thanks to "Big & Little's" in Chicago. Great food dive, gave me the idea for this dive below! 

Always a kids favorite, dunking the Fish in some batter and oil to make Fish n' Chips! 

Red Snapper placed above fresh vegetables

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. 

Black & White Lives On!

For every occasion there's a wardrobe that fits it; however, in some cases it's all about Suiting UP! From a Writer to Corporate headshots, each need to be bold in their own way. In some instances; wardrobe, makeup, and all the fun that fashion has, doesn't have to be accounted for! I said it! it's tough for some to hear, but the reasoning behind this is lighting. This next image you're about to see was created with 8 lights back from my college days.  I've held onto my craft for a long time. I'm a master of lighting and I hold that trick hat high and mighty! 

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Black and White for me is a nostalgia feeling. It hurts to say, it really does because it shouldn't be remembered as old time feeling. I grew up with film and grew up with Black and White. It already gives you that contrast you want, it gives you the drama your looking for depending on what film you possess. I am forever grateful for having learned, Ansel Adams, Zone System. I still shoot myself all the time, I just wait awhile to develop my rolls. You look at everything through a different looking glass when you have time to wait awhile. 

My old friend Andrew stopped by my Los Angeles office. Currently, he's landed himself in the land of Music! Check out their site and stay tuned for Reggae Wednesdays!  I knew right away when Andrew told me about his new job this was the perfect look for him, he just supplied the perfect accessory by adding the mighty pen. 

Funny story behind this one actually. Andrew and I played baseball together in High School; however, he attended Clark Magnet High School; they help tap into creative skills; such as, design, editing, and writing. Some may think it sounds just like an X-Men school, when in fact, the real mutants went to public school, like myself. I remember light in spaces like nuns remember the holy bible, sad to say but it's somewhat like a superpower. Super powers or not, his writing and my creative skills are taking us places.  Hopefully we'll be working on more collaborations in the future. Music or not! 

Resurrection

Caution Infected! Watch your step, the next leg of the way. Please remain seated and keep your arms and legs inside your desk area at all times. What you're about to see may be Fictitious, but may spook you out of your seat. 

The Resurrection has begun! Photographed "The Zombie Run" group of infected individuals before they spread!

I had the pleasure of photographing "The Zombie Run" before the resurrection happened. Some volunteers came with their own make up; however, this event had their own make up stations for the humans who wanted to get extra bloody. Make up by Jessica Heibeck and the special FX team in Chicago, Illinois. 

My favorite part, was seeing all these creative people take initiative to let them stand out as much as possible. I had seen one family after the morning run and they caught my eye. I don't know if it was all the fake blood, as they chomped into a good sandwich. Maybe, the empty baby stroller with blood all over it. Either way, they sure caught my eye. Showing me, even as a zombie you can be anyone.  

After leaping away from danger; time and time again, I escaped the clutches of evil for the evening event. This is where the spooky took control, a hero had to be found. Searching the entire night for someone to save the day from all the zombies, it was as if there were no cure and better yet no escape from the claws of evil! 

I had seen enough. The last straw of evil was in front of me. The remaining survivors were losing hope as the goal to reach 500 survivors weren't working well enough because the infected just kept spreading out. There was nothing left to be seen; but wait! Is it a plane, a train, an automobile; it was faster than any locomotive and speeding bullet I've ever seen! Passing all the undead to the finish line! It's SUPERMAN!

Superman To The Rescue!

Prized Possession

Happy Independence Day!

Always waiting to get to the next plateau. SUIT UP! 

It's every freelancers favorite holiday. A day to be thankful for where we are. I've had some struggles over my short life but as I've known since Kindergarden, I'm destined for greatness! Well that and I've always been able to wear a damn good suit.  I can't say I've known what I wanted to do in life, I just knew I'd be great at whatever I put my mind to.  

My imagination has always been large and in charge. My grandfather showed me the ropes; from music to cartoons, I was fascinated by a lot. Classic Looney Tunes still guide and inspire my vivid imagination. It's something that will always feel the same for me, as if it were new. 

Over time some things lose value. However, we must all hold value on certain objects. This may take a toll on your heart, loving the tiniest things forever as if it were your child. The greatest thing I've found out about my cuban roots is that they sure can hold onto objects. Why? Because each object; as small as it may be, tells a story. 

 

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What's next?

A yearbook is all about memories. This book holds the best memories ever created, it is my prized possession. This book was my first book ever created! I joined the yearbook staff in 8th grade, writing an essay applying for the class, beating out several kids for a unique opportunity that forever changed my life. 

I can't take all the credit, it was a team effort. Bonding with everyone in that class was a privilege. I would say some of them found their careers close to home as well. May it be editing, writing, or like me. Photography. 

That was the first book I created, but it won't be my last. I currently have 2 that I've custom made for my portfolios. Although, one day I'll be on the fine art world creating my own book with a new series to go with it. Either way, I know my true passion in life. Only forward movement now, who know's what's next?

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. 

Co-Pilot Take Over

"The next following days won't be about my story but will be about my great Co-Pilot Wild Bill. I'm taking a step back from it all to enjoy life.  I have been way too wrapped up in technology to see the true beauty that surrounds me at my new destination. It's been a bit challenging adapting to the cold, everyone deals with it in their own way. Gotta keep focused on you and soon enough you'll get to where you want to be." -AMS

                                                                             Keep focused ahead, reward and promise are waiting on the other side.  

  10 min into his endeavors.   This is where the name "Wild Bill" was born.

Another day, another adventure!  You have to live and learn each day. Ice was not the funnest to drive on, especially when you literally do donuts on the highway. Luckily we were both A-OK. The one positive thing about snow, it works as a great safety pillow.

Stay tuned for more adventures and destinations.

What These Eyes Have Seen

Come with me and you will see!

It's been far too long, but then again sometimes you gotta disappear to start an Adventure. As the song says it, I am "Safe and Sound." My journey ahead was a very long one indeed, seeing as I left on January 1st! Let's start off by showing you how it all started. 

Thanks to Roadtrippers I was able to set ahead and see how long it would take for me to get to certain destinations and how much gas it would take.

My philosophy lately in life has been to be as progressive as I can each day at a time, focused on the now and not the then. However, we all need change to advance in life. Yes, that is a risk in itself but it just has to be done if you want to "Level Up". That is what I stuck by, as I walked out the door one last time and packed up my life in literally 2 days.

Sayonara for now California. 

Adventuring across the country in uncharted waters and unfamiliar territory.  On the journey ahead to see familiar faces and reconnect with old friends. 

The game of Life isn't the easiest game in the world, if so we'd all be enjoying our cake by now. The journey ahead doesn't have to be a 1 person game. I luckily thought of this before hand, my friend so happened to be available to start a new chapter himself. 

Bill the Adventurer, along for the wild ride ahead. What lies ahead for the both of us is just a mystery waiting to be solved. 

That day I trusted my gut and left on the first day of the year to set off a new Chapter in my life. Who knows whats next for Bill and I, I'm just taking life one day at a time until I reach where I want to be next in life. For now, Adventure on and enjoy what's at hand. 

Look forward for more of the Road Ahead; one last look of some California Beauty in the Mojave. 

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!

Taking A Risk

Thanksgiving is right around the corner people! If you haven't noticed yet I sure love food. Sometimes you gotta take an edge and create something new with a twist. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to try some new recipes and get that food out the door. Just try and not make anyone sick by the end of the day. We want to keep everyone around for the next holiday.  

Spice on the mind; ©Sosaphoto2013

I like some spice in my life, it keeps things interesting. Green, red, yellow orange who cares as long as we get that kick in the butt when you take that first chomp! I can be a basket case sometimes so these peppers fit perfect in a basket for 3. This isn't what I'm bringing to Thanksgiving because it can be more filling than the turkey itself; however, it sure was delicious. Wrap this sucker in bacon and if you want to stuff it with a hint of cheese and some chicken, it may just knock your socks off at the end of the night. 

Jalapeños stuffed with Chicken and Swiss Cheese wrapped in bacon; ©Sosaphoto2013

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.

Treat Yo' Self

Hope everyone had an eventful and fun Halloween! It's been a great month for me on this side. Tons of adventures throughout the jungle of LA and more.

Halloween is over so we gotta find something to do with our used pumpkins. Get creative with your pumpkins, I made this pumpkin chocolate chip muffin. The best part about this self project was getting the smoke/steam fresh off the chocolate chips as if it were fresh out of the oven. If you don't know yet, I've styled most of my own food shots myself and am growing at it each and everyday.

Right As It Bakes; ©Sosaphoto2013

Keep me posted and let me know if you guys do anything creative with your pumpkins.  The other fun part about this shoot was the lighting, I had a packed set with intricate lighting set ups and at one point it was started to look like a carnival haunted house.  That's what you need sometimes to get specific parts of the muffin to show off like the delicious warm chocolate chips that came fresh out of the oven. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin; ©Sosaphoto2013