BEHIND THE LENS: My name is Margaret Paredes-Rivas and I am a freelance photographer based in San Diego, CA. I first became interested in the art during my high school years, working as a photographer for the school newspaper. Since that experience I have had the tendency to carry my camera everywhere I go. I definitely like to shoot on location as a opposed to a studio, it provides a freedom to create fantasy and mystery as well as a world for models to interact in. I am heavily influenced by film and literature which has given me the opportunity to grow and obtain a particular style of having no style. I truly love creative collaboration and input from everyone involved in a shoot. I enjoy working - out on the field - because it makes me love the way I see the world through my lens.
The photographers I admire the most are: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Philippe Halsman, Herb Ritts, Amy Arbus, Harry Benson, Joseph Llanes, Emily Soto, and Annie Leibovitz.
All of my photo shoots are an out of the box experience and full of fun. Fantasy or reality - it doesn't matter - you decide!
For me, my camera is only the instrument, my finger the aid to press the shutter, and my lens, the window to a world beyond eyes.
NOTE FOR MODELS, HAIRSTYLISTS, MAKE-UP ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, AND STYLISTS THAT ARE LOOKING TO BUILD OR UPDATE A PORTFOLIO: Selective TFP/TFCD, but I'm always up for the challenge. If you are looking to start your career in modeling, hairstyling, make-up, designing, and styling and need to build a portfolio, feel free to contact me through MM or at firstname.lastname@example.org ~ I am very easy to work with and I am open to suggestions. I am always prepared with a studio layout and poses for my models to be in. Models will always be informed ahead of time of theme of the photo shoot. I also expect my models to take on the desired personality to capture the mood. I also plan to use the images for my portfolio, so you can be assured that these will help your portfolio as well.
MODELS: INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT NUMBER & SNAPSHOT W.O. MAKE UP/PHOTOSHOP!!! THANKS ~ Test shots/Polaroids are required before every scheduled shoot.
I take photography, your time and my time very seriously. I will not waste yours, so please don't waste mine and because I want your time I only ask to get the respect I give out in return. My goal through Model Mayhem is to increase my network of Stylists, Makeup Artists, and Models for both work with my photography clients and personal artistic development.
I'll do my best to provide the edited images within a week. Sorry, but RAW stays with me and I will need a release signed before we shoot.
Thank you for visiting my profile and viewing my work. Your comments are most appreciated.