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Life Challenges, Cycling, and France

post written on 03 Oct 11 in Family, Learning, personal, Videos

Exactly a year ago, my family and I went on a 16 day vacation to France. Paris for 3 days, then Provence for the rest. In Provence, there is a little mountain known as Mont Ventoux. It’s famous for many reasons, but mostly from Tour de France epic races, where legends have been made in professional cycling.

Since I turned 45 in October 2009, I started struggling with things everyone else goes through in life. What are the right choices, is money that important, fame, what’s best for my kids, my family, ME, etc.? I thought I had to please everyone. It took lots of conversations, lots of miles, lots of soul searching to realize that I was trying to please the wrong people, and forgetting what mattered most, right in front of my nose; my wife and kids. I walked away from this pseudo “rock-star photographer” tag people were wanting me to be. I never asked for it. I just want happy clients that are thrilled with great pictures. Period.

So I refocused. I got back to another passion of mine, cycling. Cycling was a big part of my life in my teens and early 20’s, I raced, was state champion a few times, competed at nationals, was sponsored. I trained until I was burnt out. Cycling was put on the back burner when photography took over and I started traveling and living abroad following my fashion photography dreams. Fast forward 25 years, and I noticed something was missing, cycling. So I got back on the bike, literally. Short rides, to build up endurance. I met new people who have become great friends. Others searching too. But what I love most about cycling, as fast as you think you are going on a bike, it  slows you down to see more of what you miss as you speed by things in your car. The beauty of life.

So for our trip to France, I thought to myself, while we are there, what challenge can I give myself? I’ve always watched the Tour de France on TV for 30 years, so why not pick the hardest climb in cycling, well, up there in the top 5. Mont Ventoux is a 22 kilometer, 13 mile climb, with inclines up to 12%, it’s unforgiving, and very lonely if done by yourself, I did, ugh. I trained specifically for this climb for 2 months. In Miami, where it’s flat, it’s hard. Most was done on a stationary trainer, a bike in my garage. Did I say I was a short distance specialist in my racing days, a sprinter. Sprinters don’t like climbs.

Yes, I had Alison, Carson, and Cameron, stopping on the side of the road every few kilometers, to cheer me on. It helped, but the physical and mental struggles of a climb like this, trust me, until you do it, your training can only prepare you so much. I thought of everything while I was riding, EVERYTHING! The start was easy, the end was epic, but the struggle in between was  close to torture, I think.

The biggest part of all this, is at the end of my video. All the really matters to me. Family.

So please enjoy, through my struggles and triumph, and see if this can help you contemplate, re-light a passion of yours, for yourself, your family, for life.

My Climb of Mt. Ventoux September 30, 2010 from CARLOS BAEZ on Vimeo.

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Nudeoir Workshop by Carlos Baez in Las Vegas March 2010

post written on 18 Jun 10 in Learning, Lingerie, Nudeoir, Workshops

This is the behind scenes of the Nudeoir Workshop I taught in Las Vegas during the 2010 WPPI convention back in March. Students’ work is featured at the end of the video. Thank you to all that attended, and the models Jolene and Stacy for an incredible job.

Nudeoir Workshop by Carlos Baez at WPPI 2010 Las Vegas from CARLOS BAEZ on Vimeo.

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Exclusive VIP Nudeoir (sm) Photography Workshop in New Orleans November 3rd.

post written on 28 Oct 09 in Learning

We know it’s last minute but we had some things to square away, and they are GREAT! I am proud to announce the FIRST Nudeoir (sm) Photography Workshop to be held at the fabulous Muriel’s (Seance Room) in New Orleans. November 3rd, from 9 pm to 12 midnight. This is a great opportunity for all of you attending Pictage Partner Con.  We will be photographing the lovely Bella Blue ( lingerie and nude). The is an Exclusive VIP workshop limited to 10 photographers ONLY, For only $200. One attendee will win a copy of my “See the Light DVD”, a $150 value. By the way, your first round drink will be courtesy of Pictage, meet up time at Muriel’s is 8:15pm. Below are a few pictures of our location and model.

Sign up here.


Image of Bella Blue provided my Michael Siu

Here is a preview of my talk, “Rated MA: For Mature Audiences Only”. To see more, come see me in New Orleans for  Pictage Partner Con 2009 November 3rd.

Rated MA: Mature Audiences Partner Con Promo from CARLOS BAEZ on Vimeo.

Promo video for Carlos Baez’ talk at Pictage Partner Con New Orleans 2009

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Pictage Partner Conference 2009 – New Orleans, Nov. 3-5th

post written on 30 Sep 09 in Giving back, Learning

I am proud to announce that I will be speaking at the Pictage Partner Conference 2009 in New Orleans.  My presentation is titled “Rated MA: For Mature Audiences Only“. You can check out the the schedule for the description about my presentation. There are other great speakers too, who are my friends, like Sara France, Joe Buissink, Me Ra Koh, Amber Holritz, Justin & Mary Marantz, Kevin Meyers, Scarlett Lillian, and Dane Sanders. So if you are into great photography, great speakers,  great locations, and great causes, then I hope you sign up to attend the Partner Conference, it’s filling up fast. I have very a special announcement about something else I will be doing at Partner Con, coming soon, stay tuned!

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Chicago Workshops

post written on 25 Sep 09 in Fashion, Giving back, Learning

At the top of the blog are the tabs for the new Chicago Workshop for October 13th, 2009, or press here FOR REGISTRATION or here FOR PAST WORKSHOP IMAGES AND TESTIMONIALS. Here are some of my personal images from the workshop this past August that many of you have asked about. I didn’t shoot that much since I was teaching and wanting the attendees to get as much shooting as they can during the workshop. Please check out the attendees images on the links above, hope you can join me at the next workshop in 3 weeks. You can also see what my kids were up to at the bottom of this post.

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And while I was teaching the workshop, this is what my family was doing in Chiacgo. Everyone having fun that day!

Aroud Chicago

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