#HeyFrancis | Yesterday, the crew and I explored LA to grab some b-roll 🎥 for a New Balance lifestyle project we’ve been working on. Had a great time flying the drone 🚁, learning about what it takes to make a living shooting photography here in LA, and getting a feel for the next steps I plan to take as a photographer - lifestyle shooting. Hope the LA vibes find you well and much more to come ;)
#HeyFrancis | What a wonderful ending to the Perez Family Reunion in Bangkok, Thailand! On the last evening, I finally brought out the heavy artillery 🌟 and captured some really special moments with the help of Chance and Christian being my lighting 💡 assistants - the wind was crazy and had blown over the flash on multiple occasions 💪🏽.
Moments like these bring me the most joy and encouragement as a photographer. I was asked by my Tita (Aunt) Rachinee, "What is something that you'd like to do on your bucket list if money weren't an option?" I replied, "Just being present with family and friends." There are so many things we can buy and some many things we can do in this life, but in recent years, I've realized I simply enjoy taking out my camera and capturing the present - cuz as a wise man once said, it's called "present 🎁" because it's a gift 😉.
Even though we don't print out photos like we used to, there are still many more ways to keep these memories alive - thanks Squarespace! Subtle reminders 🖼 are key, and I'm grateful for online platforms like this where I can always come back and get a sense for how things once were.
Thank you so much 🙏 Perez Family for having me along, and very much looking forward to sharing stories, taking more silly photos, and enjoying even more beautiful memories with you guys in the future. Much love, always!
- Mikey 😉📸
#HeyFrancis | This has been a intense week for me to say the least - so many revelations, a few heartbreaks, and still recovering from my knee injury in the Philippines. In the midst of all the stress and confusion, I'm so grateful for photography. More than just art, it acts as meditation for me - allowing me the chance to escape reality, even just briefly, to capture a glimpse of light and beauty in what can often seem like such a dark and somber world. Here's a shot I captured this evening as I watched the sunset reflecting off the Westin in Downtown Los Angeles. S/o to the homie Christine who's celebrating her 28th Birthday today - this one's for you!
Gear: Canon 5D Mark III, 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II Lens, Amazon Basics Travel Tripod, ZOMEI Variable ND Filter
Settings: 24mm, ISO 100, f/8, 2.0 second exposure
#HeyFrancis | After discovering I had the power to "Time-Lapse" lol, I've been on a tear. Last Tuesday afternoon I headed out to Santa Monica, CA an spent a fair amount of time capturing and composing some really fun shots. Here's my latest project: "Santa Monica Dreaming", which is composed of over 1,440 photos processed and exported using Adobe Lightroom, and then rendered using Adobe Photoshop.
All photos were taken at various settings using the Canon 5D Mark III, 16-35mm f/2.8L Mark II Lens, AmazonBasics 52" Carbon-Fiber Tripod, and NEWEER Timer Remote for Canon. What I've learned from this project is that you should always weigh down your tripod with a weight; it'll greatly reduce how the tripod shakes depending on it's foundation and lead to some really smooth and steady shoot for your time lapse.
Thanks for following the journey! For more, check out my Instagram @heymikefranics
#HeyFrancis | Okay okay, I love my photography. But since I've gotten my Stayblcam, I've had nothing but fun playing around and shooting some video. Can you believe all of this was shot on an iPhone!? Told ya, #Stayblcam is awesome!!! Sadly, think I left it on a bench in Peru, never to be seen again 😓. But guess what!? It was so awesome, I've ordered a second one and it's already on it's way 😆 . Here's a quick re-cap vid from my experience in the "Sacred Valley". Thanks so much to Miguel, Julio, and Discover Corps for hooking it up and making this adventure all possible.
Check out Discover Corps today for more information on your next experience of a lifetime! Peru is one of the many travel locations that Discover Corps offers. Click here for more information. Hope you enjoy the video!