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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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Meet Taylor S.

post written on 13 Jul 11 in Fashion, Lingerie, Nudeoir, personal, Portraits, Videos

I hope you like Taylor as much as I liked photographing / filming her. There are also some stills from our shoot below the video. If watching in HD, please let video load before playing. For more like this, please visit my other fine art site at www.Nudeoir.com

Taylor from CARLOS BAEZ on Vimeo.

A short film of Taylor during our shoot in Chicago. A loft, a beautiful woman, and good light.

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Ever After Photoshoot- The Images

post written on 25 Jun 10 in Fashion, personal, Videos, Weddings

A lot of you have asked about the images we shot for Camille Russler at Ever After Miami last year, we had posted the video, but not the photographs, as those were being held for the official website launch for the store Ever After Miami. So here are some of our favorite images from the shoot. Hope you like them as much as we do. Also, I included the video from the shoot again, I love how it came out. Thanks to my friend Julien at Merge Studios.

Ever After Photoshoot from Merge Studios Social on Vimeo.

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Crystal in Black

post written on 15 Jun 10 in Fashion, Nudeoir, personal, Videos

I’ve worked with Crystal a few times and each time we have more fun. This was a shoot we did late last year. I only shot 2 1/2 minutes of video on the Canon 5D Mark II, and my friend Curt Apanovich edited together the fusion video, below the images. The video was my opener at the New Orleans Partner Con Conference this past November. Enjoy!

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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Ever After Photo Shoot

post written on 01 Oct 09 in Fashion, Videos, Weddings

Here is a photo shoot we collaborated on with Camille from Ever After Salon in Coconut Grove and Julien Diaz for Merge Studios. I’ve been working with Camille on all her photo shoots for over 7 years now. Major location, major models, and a major team = Major Shoot! Every one ROCKED IT, including Catalina Ayubi who is partner in my studio. Julien is a very talented film maker and he did an amazing job of mixing that cinematic look with documentary film making to capture this amazing shoot. Thanks to everyone that helped out and ENJOY THE VIDEO!!! Leave some love below in the comments.

Cinematography & Editing by Julien Diaz for Merge Studios

Photography by Carlos Baez Photographers

Production & Art Direction by Camille Thiry Russler of Ever After

Gowns by Ever After Salon

Props by Xquisite Events & Nuage Design, Inc.

Hair by Mario Ortega

Makeup by Luis Gonzalez, Alejandro Calvani, Mara Fernandez

Accessories by Kristal Caron of Krissy’s Diamonds

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