Muñoz Photography: The Family Business

June 2020 issue Profiles

When the Muñoz brothers—Tom, Mario, Armando, and Marceliano—say photography is in their blood, they’re not just using a turn of phrase. Photography is literally in their blood line.“We’re fourth-generation photographers. Our great-grandfather started a photography business in Cuba over a century ago,” says Tom, 37, as he sits with his brother Mario in their Fort Lauderdale, Florida, studio, Muñoz Photography. “Then my grandfather Tomas continued it and came to Miami in 1961,... Continue Reading >

Wedding Photographer Richard Israel Embraces the Art of Authenticity

June 2020 issue Profiles

© Richard Israel Whatever work you love, that is what you should be doing, not what the crowd is doing.” - Richard IsraelWhen it comes to artistic expression, Richard Israel has always zigged when everyone else zagged. Since transitioning to wedding photography from a hair styling career around the turn of the 21st century, he has been on a relentless pursuit of authenticity, even if that means walking away from what’s on trend sometimes.An early adopter of digital photography, Israel... Continue Reading >

10 Things Photographers Can Do Right Now

4.2.2020 Business

There's no reason to be boredThe coronavirus has sent photographers scrambling. The immediate impact is unavoidable, but there are ways we can embrace what's happening and prepare for the better days ahead by doing everything we can to ensure that our businesses survive this pandemic.Here are 10 things wedding photographers can do right now:© Faye Dowdy1. List everything you have to do in order of importance. Include all the things you'd doing normally be doing, like managing your... Continue Reading >

Making a connection: Jos and Tree WoodSmith thrive on authenticity

February 2020 issue Profiles

Passion. It’s a word that pops up often when talking with Portland, Oregon-based wedding photographers Jos and Tree WoodSmith. “We are passionate about photographing weddings,” says Tree, on break from a hectic photography schedule. “One of the reasons we feel this passion is because weddings are so ripe for emotion and connection. In fact, each wedding is like a marketplace for emotions, and we enjoy the challenge to capture them.”Capturing the emotions and preserving the... Continue Reading >

Go your own way: James Ferrara’s signature style

February 2020 issue Profiles

It could be James Ferrara’s background in film that gives his work a free-flowing, cinematic feel. Fifteen years of working on movie, television, and commercial sets developed in him an intuitive sense of movement and staging. Or it could be his longtime passion for the still image, launched in high school and carried on for years as a hobby.Whatever it is, it works. And it sells.Looking for a creative outlet that he could control, Ferrara, M.Photog.Cr., began shooting the occasional... Continue Reading >

How they did it: An electrical wedding portrait

1.25.2020 Tech

Portland, Oregon-based photographers Jos and Tree WoodSmith pride themselves on capturing a wedding’s unscripted moments. But they also look to provide a jaw-dropping post-wedding portrait to the bride and groom. To that end they typically scout a setting that boasts a dramatic landscape or architectural feature to serve as backdrop. The composition and settings are planned ahead of time so they can capture the image as soon as the couple appears on site, often before the reception... Continue Reading >

PPA offers degree for wedding photographers

January 2020 issue News

Establish your wedding credFifty-two percent of Professional Photographers of America members report that wedding photography makes up a portion of their business. With a majority of members engaging in this type of photography, PPA decided it was time to create a master of wedding photography degree targeted at this specialty. Earning the degree enables wedding photographers to improve their skills and knowledge in this unique niche as well as establish credibility with clients.The degree... Continue Reading >