Archive for August, 2011

August 26, 2011


What happens when you jump into something without knowing quite what you are jumping into?

It goes well or it goes wrong.

In this case, it went really well.

Over a year ago, I met Chris Pichado, a local photographer. He quickly became one of my best friends and like bffs do, we began discussing dreams of making movies and directing films. For a year now, we were not able to test those dreams to see if we could pull it off. Until Chris came to me and said we should enter the 48 Hr Film Project.

Now he nor I had ever directed a film before. I’ve shot client videos and directed a few music videos, but nothing like a film. And I had no idea what we were in for. 48 hours to come up with a short film with the theme and rules given to us, of continual thinking, brainstorming, arguing, executing ideas was what we were in for. We put together this short commercial to ask for help first:

We had hoped to get a few people to help out, but what we got was an AMAZING team. 28 awesome and creative people without egos and without attitude, all chasing their own dreams and ready to be a part of something new and bigger.

What a wonderful experience this was for me. Chris and I were co-directors and I was so nervous going in that we were in over our heads. As we got started though, I realized that we were exactly where we were meant to be, doing exactly what we were meant to do. I loved each and every minute of it. We all worked together as a team to come up with a story and pull it off in that short amount of time. There is no way it could have gone so well without each and every person’s input. I made some great friends and gained a lot of respect for myself, my husband (who acted and did production assistance) and my fellow artists.

We were given the Sci-Fi theme (one that I was not prepared for) and I was wondering how we would be able to pull that off. Especially since it was no where near the style I am used to filming/photographing. But, that’s what obstacles are for, to knock down and keep on moving to get to something amazing.

Nothing could have prepared me for what was to come out of it…

We won best film!

Not only did we win best film, but we also won:


I was blown away that we did so well. Each and every one of us deserved the outcome because we put our hearts into it. I want to thank the amazing team I had beside me the entire time and can’t wait to see what’s to come in the future. I  know which each project, we will all become better people/artists.

Here is our film:

This film was produced by the Hidden Track Films team as an entry into the 2011 48 Hour Film Project – San Antonio, Texas. For more information on this project, check them out at-​sanantonio/​

Required Elements
Genre: Sci-Fi
Character: Ross/Rose Gillen
Occupation: Upholster or Furniture Maker
Line of Dialog: “I wouldn’t count on it”
Object: Wrapped Present
Best Costumes
Best Sound Design
Best Directing
Best Editing
Audience Award – Screening Group B
Best Film – 2011 San Antonio

August 6, 2011

15 Minute Photo shoot: Nicolette Winfield

I am in the process of changing up my website/blog, so I’ll be posting here for a while until the new design is ready:)

It was brought to my attention that I haven’t actually shown most of my work online. I get lost in the day to day shooting/planning/editing that I forget. Because of publication dates and waiting for my website, I have paused posting things online unless someone wants to use if for their profile pic. So I’m going to get a lot better about that:)

I get a lot of emails about the creative process of my shoots and what kind of locations I shoot in, etc. I don’t always have the time to write everyone back and explain that there really isn’t a science behind doing creative shoots.

If I’m going to do a bigger concept shoot, then I like time to plan and get the details of a shoot worked out. If I am working with a creative director, I work the details out with them. But sometimes, I decide I want to do a shoot, or even have things happen at shoots where I have to regroup and work with my surrounding environment.
I’ve always worked this way. When I started out, I didn’t have all the equipment others photogs had so I learned to adapt to what was available to me.

There is more to a shoot than pretty things/people/dresses/makeup to me.
If I have a beautiful model and she looks great and her hair and makeup is great, yet the shoot didn’t capture her spirit, it’s a waste to me. I want to be able to see past the theatrics to the person.
Also, when I’ve had access to amazing equipment but the shoot was just in a room with a black background and lighting, I did not feel as if the results represented “me” as a photographer.

This past Wed was such an occasion where I had not planned to do a shoot. Nicole (a friend and model I had worked with once) and I went to lunch and decided to do a shoot.

I had a commercial to shoot that night and traffic got us to my house much later than I had intended. Coming off of a mentally draining week, my brain was a bit hazy as to what we could do creatively in such a small amount of time. We had no make up artists, no wardrobing, no hair stylist, and my studio was not setup for a shoot.

Nicole being a pro and my determination to do the shoot we said we do, lead to us pushing through and deciding to do it anyway.

I keep a little notebook of quick shoot ideas and had an amazing vintage dress that I had been wanting to shoot in my bath tub so we had wardrobe.
My mom was a cosmetologist (as they called it in her day) so I knew how to do a little makeup (nothing like the pros though.)
We didn’t have time for hair so I just had her wet it down.
I chose red lipstick to add to the drama of a somewhat slim concept.

I took one light, Jonathan holding one reflector and we started the shoot. Once we started, we literally shot for only about 15 mins. She is a great model when it comes to taking direction, so I told her what to do and got the shots. About two shots in, I decided it was a bit flat visually so I went outside and got some Ivy growing behind my house to add some texture.

Now would this shoot have been better had we had more time? Maybe, maybe not, but I am glad to have been able to get the shots I got and I would have regretted not getting them because I wasn’t “as prepared” or “as inspired”.

Sometimes we have to force ourselves to think, even when we don’t want to. We have to look around and see things in a different light, from a different perspective and think about what they would look like together. I put all of my random ideas down on paper when I can manage it, because I WILL forget.

I am happy to have had this 15 min shoot with Nicole. I might just do more of these random, lets-see-what-happens shoots:)

I was able to see my work and Nicole in a different way and for that I’m grateful.

If you made it through all of this…Here are the shots I liked the most: