4 tips on how to pose males who are not models

Hey guys,

The other week I went out with my friend Alexandre to take some portraits. It came to my attention that people have a harder time directing and posing males than they do females.

Why?

Well It could be for a few reasons.

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3 AM Night Photography in Lajes do Pico, Azores | Sigma 35mm F1.4 Lens

Hey guys, I hope you’re well.

Down below are photos I took a few weeks ago wandering around Lajes do Pico at the quietest hours of the night. All shots were taken with the Canon 6D and Sigma 35mm F1.4 lens.

Check out the video to see my general process while going about taking these images, my thinking, and how to photograph a place with minimal light source.

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Bar Boa Vista: Summer Evening of Great Music, Friends, & Jaw-Dropping Sunset in the Azores

Bar Boa Vista is a public pool area with an onsite bar/cafe in Ribeiras, Santa Cruz (Ilha do Pico, Azores.)

The other week Bar Boa Vista invited a local band, a great group of friends, to put on a concert. When I arrived people were still piling in and by sunset everyone in the audience was awaiting for the show to begin.

The night was truly special and a complete success for “Maraus.”

Pictured below are moments before, during, and after the concert.

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Summer Pictures from Pico Island (July 15- August 15, 2021)

Thank you so much for stopping by (:

Here is a collection of photos I’ve taken since arriving in Pico.

It’s already been more than a month here on the island and I’m grateful for my family & friends for making my time memorable.

This place was the catalyst for taking up photography, starting this website/blog and learning how to express myself creatively. Its a great pleasure to share these photos with you guys and hopefully inspire you to come visit one day.

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Muito obrigado

Montanha do Pico

Moments of my life on 35mm film

35mm moments

A study in travel , color, and love. Documented in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, & New York. This collection of photos archives moments I spent with my family and friends during my visit to New England.

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Photowalk Therapy Part 3: Delaying Instant Gratification with Film Photography in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Hey guys, how are you doing? It’s been a while since I last updated my blog. This is partly because I’m a chronic procrastinator and part- no wait. That’s it. I’ve just been procrastinating. While I haven’t posted anything to this website recently, I have been actively taking photos and using photography as my therapy. … Continue reading Photowalk Therapy Part 3: Delaying Instant Gratification with Film Photography in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Ilford400 B&W Film Selects

Hey guys, I hope you’re well (:

These pictures were taken between January- May (2021)

Big thank you to Kerry’s Warwick Photo lab for developing these images.

I haven’t experimented with many black & white film stocks since picking up film photography. Infact, besides digital edits, I don’t have much practice with b&w photography in general. One thing I noticed was how I was more concerned with different shades rather than color. This simple adjustment changed how I looked through the viewfinder.

There’s something to learn from exclusively shooting in b&w and it makes me excited that I’m just beginning to pick it up!

My favorite image from this set. American Breakfast at Country Kitchen, Seekonk, MA

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Check out Boston, MA on TriX400 b&w film!

Photowalk Therapy Part 3: Delaying Instant Gratification with Film Photography in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Hey guys, how are you doing?

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog.

This is partly because I’m a chronic procrastinator and part- no wait. That’s it.

I’ve just been procrastinating.


While I haven’t posted anything to this website recently, I have been actively taking photos and using photography as my therapy. Since the last addition to Photowalk Therapy a lot has happened. I quit my job, road tripped to Virgina with my girlfriend, caught a flight back to the Azores, and I finally got my film developed!

Most of the pictures I’m sharing with you guys today I took on my way to the gym. Both exercising and photography are two of my therapeutic outlets that’ve been with me for years.

On my walks I would take a few different routes and try to follow the light as best I could. Some days would be better than others, some days I’d only take one shot or none at all.

Most people I know who live in the area wouldn’t consider Pawtucket charming the tiniest bit. In fact New Englander’s call this Rhode Island city “The Bucket” for, well, it’s humdrum aesthetic. So to prove the nay-sayers and doubters wrong here I am in Pawtucket The Bucket looking for moments, scenes, and compositions that I find contrary to popular belief.

Photowalk Therapy is not about where you are, what camera you have, or even how the pictures come out. It’s about being present, looking at your surroundings, and taking pictures. It’s important to remember that photography is a form of self-expression, creativity, and in this case therapy.

My hopes for this addition of Photowalk Therapy is to inspire at-least one you guys to get out there, wherever you live, and document your surroundings.

If you haven’t already check out the first two parts and other photowalks around MA & RI:


This is Photowalk Therapy Part 3
Location: Pawtucket, RI
Shot on Film

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4 tips on how to pose males who are not models

Hey guys, The other week I went out with my friend Alexandre to take some portraits. It came to my attention that people have a harder time directing and posing males than they do females. Why? Well It could be for a few reasons.

3 AM Night Photography in Lajes do Pico, Azores | Sigma 35mm F1.4 Lens

Hey guys, I hope you’re well. Down below are photos I took a few weeks ago wandering around Lajes do Pico at the quietest hours of the night. All shots were taken with the Canon 6D and Sigma 35mm F1.4 lens. Check out the video to see my general process while going about taking these … Continue reading 3 AM Night Photography in Lajes do Pico, Azores | Sigma 35mm F1.4 Lens

Becoming a Dual citizen was much harder than I originally thought…

Hey guys, quick update.

Back in February of last year I posted an article called, Obtaining Dual Citizenship: How to Become a Portuguese Citizen through Parents. I wrote this after handing over all the necessary documents and fees the Consulate requested. I was told, “congratulations you’re officially a Portuguese citizen!”

I walked out of there uneasy about not having anything physical to show for it, but I thought, “Hey, I’m in the ‘system.'”

Whatever that means.

I was told that when I got back to the Azores I could go to the respected office and print the citizens card out, so It wasn’t a big deal that I didn’t have it In my hands. But then COVID happened.

In July of 2020 I bought a ticket back to the Azores, but was rejected at the airport when I couldn’t provide proof of citizenship. Without a citizens card or Portuguese passport I couldn’t go home.

SATA didn’t make those specific travel requirements known on their website, but they reassured me once I got a “temporary citizens card” I could come back without any problems.

So back to the Portuguese Consulate in Providence, RI I went.

The Providence Consulate simply didn’t answer their phone or email no matter how many times I tried. The only way to reach them was to show up at their offices on Pine street and knock at the door.

When I explained my situation they told me something along the lines of my paperwork hadn’t been processed by the offices in Lisbon (mind you that its been five full months since I brought everything in.)

There wasn’t anything they could do except keep me updated. So I patiently waited.

One week.
Two weeks.
Three weeks.
No update.

A month goes by and I hear nothing. I send an email. No response. Two emails. No response. I dial their number.

Nothing.

I dial again.

Nothing.

One day I called every thirty minutes from 9 A.M till 2 P.M (open to close) and still,

nothing.

Every time I made an attempt at contacting them they never answered. When I did show up It always surprised me how few people were there. I would’ve guessed there was a line that extended from the sixth floor to out into the street.

I struck up a conversation with other people in the waiting room. Every person I talked to experienced the same appalling customer service: No updates, no responses, no communication, no urgency. Worst of all, there was neither care nor empathy in dealing with people who’d been consistently returning to the consulate.  Everyone got the wrap around. We were told to do one thing and then once we did it there was multiple other things we needed to do that they didn’t tell us about beforehand. 

Looking back on it now, I feel like they were either intentionally deceptive or genuinely incompetent at their jobs, which isn’t easy to write considering I sort of liked the three people working there (idk why.)   I want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but for a process that’s supposed to take no more than a few weeks to complete AND the continuous  failure to communicate on every medium leads me astray from any sense of reconciliation.

I wouldn’t dare recommend the Portuguese Consulate in Providence, RI. I just couldn’t do it after my experience. If that’s the closest one to you I would advise you to go the Consulate in New Bedford instead. It may be further away but it’ll save you time, money, and a migraine in the long run. 

After all is said and done, I do have my citizens card and passport. I accomplished the goal I set for myself back in 2019 in spite of the numerous setbacks 2020 presented. Most of the time things don’t go as planned and life is composed of unforeseen obstacles that require adaptation, improvisation, and patience. This is for our own good, our own personal development and ability to solve future problems. 

Though I grudged all the way through this I’m still happy it all worked out. I didn’t plan to stay in New England for anywhere near the amount of time I’ve been here (more than a year now) but in the midst of it I’ve been fortunate to reconnect with family and friends.

For that I’m thankful and grateful for.

Photowalk Therapy Part 2: Pawtucket, RI

Therapeutic Photography concerns the individual’s creative process through and through.

It’s about presence, process and a good time. You don’t need a therapist, or an expensive camera, you don’t even need a so called “inspiring” place to take pictures.

Who you are and where you are is good enough.

Pick up a camera ( yes, your phone counts) and really look at the world. What do you notice?

This is Photowalk Therapy Part 2: A look into my therapeutic process as I walk around Pawtucket, RI




Photowalk Therapy Part 1: Bristol, RI

Bristol, RI (2021)

On how photography can be used as therapy…

All art aims to do is capture and express the human condition from infinite perspectives.

Photography, like all other artistic forms, contributes to that aim everyday and plays a fundamental role in forming how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. When used as a therapeutic practice photography introduces presence, or what you could call mindfulness, awareness, and self-expression.

For me, there’s nothing like going for photowalks. I love it. It’s my way of processing, visualizing, documenting, and exercising all at once. Sometimes I go for hours. My favorite time to go for a photowalk is when I’m exploring a new place, but lately walking around my own neighborhood is enjoyable and adding up to a personal project from my time here in New England.

Photography is therapeutic in more ways than one and I invite you to experiment for yourself. Pick up a camera (yes your phone works) and be intentional. Start a personal project or reach out to people you know in a collaborative effort. Explore your neighborhood as a tourist, pose for a self-portrait, take pictures of your family and friends. Document your daily life- not for social media- but for reflection and the pure enjoyment of it.

Here’s a look into my process: Photowalk Therapy Part 1 – Bristol, RI

Street Photography in Newport,RI using a 50mm Lens.

The other week I took to the streets of Newport, RI with a 50mm lens. The following images are scenes I captured throughout the day with no particular plan, intention, or subject. Many of my photowalks I consider to be improvisational exercises that help me notice beauty and meaning in the everyday, ordinary world.

Photos taken March 14, 2021

Newport, Rhode Island

Canon 6Dwith 50mm f1.8





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Newport, Rhode Island

I had a three day layover in Rhode Island before heading to the Azores. Newport was one of the first places I wanted to visit. Here are photos from an afternoon along the cliff walk.

Street Photography in Newport, RI

Photos taken 2-20-2021

Newport, RI

Canon 6D
Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4


Trinity Church



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Newport, Rhode Island

I had a three day layover in Rhode Island before heading to the Azores. Newport was one of the first places I wanted to visit. Here are photos from an afternoon along the cliff walk.

Seeing the Same Old Place for the First Time: Mt. Hope Farm, Bristol, Rhode Island

I’ve walked through Mt. Hope Farm so many times that I feel like the average person would be tired of walking the same path by now. Seeing the same pond, the same bay, the same Cove Cabin. The same geese, the same open field,the same view of Mt. Hope Bridge beyond Seal Island. But one … Continue reading Seeing the Same Old Place for the First Time: Mt. Hope Farm, Bristol, Rhode Island

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