Business Name: Canela Photography
Owner: Patricia Martinez
DA: Why did you get into Photography?
Patty: Photography has been a lifelong fascination of mine. As a child, I could lose myself in photographs for hours. At around 9 or 10 I found my mother’s rangefinder in the storage closet. She let me keep it with a warning that she wasn’t able to figure out how to get consistently good images. I finished off the film that was still in the camera. After developing I realized that most images were bad, out of focus or blurry. It was the challenge of figuring out how to capture an image that got me hooked.
DA: What is your favorite location to shoot?
Patty: I don’t quite have one location that is my favorite. I do have favorite elements like cloudy, blue skies, a beautiful sunset or a good mural as a backdrop.
DA: Who inspires you as a photographer?
Patty: At the moment I find inspiration in the dancers I photograph. Ballet requires dedication and sacrifice and the results are beautiful. I admire the amount of work that goes into a few hours or moments on stage. To try and capture some essence of the dancer is what inspires me.
DA: Do you have a personal favorite shot (or two)?
Patty: One of my favorite shots is from a concept shoot we did of Bella at a mural. I had admired the colors and the artwork of this mural for a while. It has a giant pair of eyes that just look at you and even though they are larger than life, they are beautiful and unimposing. I feel it was a successful shot that captured the concept we intended. Collaborating with Bella always yields excellent results.
DA: If you could have the perfect photoshoot…who and where?
Patty: Wow, this is a difficult question;, especially for a recovering perfectionist… Perfection, in my opinion, is unattainable and a heartbreaker. I’ve come to learn that I can only see “perfect” in retrospect. If this is a dream photoshoot, I would say Sergey Pollunin in Camden Town, London.
DA: What is one piece of equipment that you could not live without?
Patty: I definitely could not live without some form of a picture taker. My son said to me “the camera to a photographer is like the heart to a human” and I agree.
DA: Any advice to help dancers relax when having a photoshoot?
Patty: It is important for the subject to be comfortable in order to truly capture them. I find it helps to start off with simple poses to warm up and get to know each other’s rhythms. Involving the dancer artistically and collaborating helps too.
DA: How can someone get in touch with you?
Patty: The best way to get in touch with me would be via direct message on Instagram @canela_photography
DA: What is the best place to view your work online?
Patty: You can see some of my work on Instagram @canela_photography or on my website www.canela_photography.com