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"well, why not?"
Now, years later, I finished my Bachelor in Fine Art Photography at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010, and currently freelance in the Dallas / Ft. Worth metroplex.
I've truly embraced my enthusiasm. I have a hunger for knowledge, which has cultivated my technical photographic skills, while my desire to succeed promises my heart is in my hand every time I press the shutter button.
My goal is to make every picture I take better than the one before. My clients are my foremost priority, and I thank each and every one that I've had thus far for granting me the opportunity to grow and become a quality photographer. As always, I appreciate your referrals, and I look forward to meeting new people to work with every day.
What happens when you ask me to open my eyes in the sun.
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Rasy Ran -- how do you pronounce that?
"Rasy," which rhymes with sassy, or Lassie. And "Ran"? Just as easy as you imagine. I hope.
And your photography style?
I enjoy clean compositions, deep contrasts, clear focal points and natural or artificial lighting where I see fit. I understand formals are important, and shoot those as requested, too.
What equipment do you photograph with?
I use a 5D Mark IV as my primary coupled with the 35L as a standard walkaround. I also bring along a 5D Mark III, 16-35L F/4 IS, 70-200L 2.8 IS II, 50 1.4, 85L II 1.2L, along with wireless triggers, flashes and strobes.
Do you have an assistant?
It depends on the type and scale of the commission. Sometimes I'll work alone if the type of work calls for it. My wife, Rochelle, is my main assistant and complements my style of shooting. Weddings will always have at least one assistant.
What about traveling?
I'm a fan of the open air, road and sea. Traveling fees may apply.
What do I wear to a typical portrait session?
2-3 outfits, one for each location. Express yourself individually; for couples, complement each other. Avoid heavy patterns and clothing with words.
Envision yourself looking at the photos 20-30 years from now to retain a more time-tested look.
I'm holding a non-traditional wedding, what's your take?
Love is love, no matter what.
What do your fees start at?
Full wedding commissions start at $2600. I've also packaged them together with bridals and/or engagements, albums, etc. E-mail me for details.
Portraiture sessions start at $400. Wedding and portraiture commissions include an online gallery, a CD/USB of edited images, and print-usage rights. Texas sales tax of 8.25% is not included in these rates.
Holding a small ceremony? Event coverage? Need headshots? Just a photobooth setup? Talk to me.
What about coverage other than weddings and portraiture?
I'm always on the lookout for projects, contracts and visual stories that capture my interests.
Why should you be brought onboard?
Taking photographs isn't the challenging part, anyone can learn, really -- it's reading personalities, gaining trust and building a relationship that takes more work. Being in this business, I learned that long after the work is done, it's the impressions of how I made my clients feel.
If you feel I'm a good fit, have more questions, or just want to say hello, drop a line at [email protected], or call me at 469-952-8571.
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Now that you know a little bit about my work ethics and drive, I will list a few personal things so you can know me better:
My son, Walter, is my latest photo subject.
I believe in staying active. Working from home can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, so I step out when I have time. It's a fantastic way to re-energize.
That said, you could probably find me on my bicycle running errands or on trails. I alternate between a mountain bike, single-speed road bike, and an older city commuter as well. Don't worry, I have a car too. It would be a little difficult carrying all that photography gear by bicycle.
Perhaps you'll see me around town making portraits or covering events for Advocate Magazine.
I'm a big fan of the automotive world. In fact, I got started in photography through photographing cars. I'll spend brief moments in a car session from time to time shooting a classic car for Bonhams.
Growing up on Asian foods, I like my food spicy when I can get it. Even if I'm sweating profusely, I'm still enjoying it.
I'm a fan of craft beers and support local Texan breweries such as Lakewood, Four Corners, Peticolas and Rahr to name a few. I prefer browns and chocolate stouts. I also take photos for Beer Drinker's Society, an online blog promoting craft beers, so you'll probably see me at a release event around D-FW.
I'm engrossed in The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul and Game of Thrones.
Some of the music I enjoy include: Youth Lagoon, Dredg, Bjork, The Strokes, Cults, Explosions in the Sky, Of Monsters and Men, Childish Gambino, The XX, Art by Numbers, and Real Estate.
I play Magic: The Gathering. Easy to learn, hard to master.