The Photographer and the studio

Once upon a time there was a high school kid (me) that took a photography class. An artist at heart as a kid, he was excited for the first day of class. As a child, he was always drawing his favorite comic book characters. He ended up filling an entire large dresser of these works created during his childhood. So, photography was the evolution.

A few weeks into the class, the teacher told the student to stay for a minute as the rest of the class left. The student immediately worried he did something wrong. Instead, the teacher told the student he saw good talent for photography in him and would be giving him extra assignments. The assignments included covering many events during the school year, like sports and club meetings. He was practically shooting every day. The student took his camera everywhere.

One day at the end of class, the teacher showed the student all the work that had been collected so far from the student. He told the student he had arranged with the school for there to be a school-wide presentation of the photography to all the students. It was a collection of all that had happened during the year – moments in time for seniors, freshmen, and more.

The student could barely hide his nervousness the day of the show. Would the students like the work? They liked it. He loved it. Laughter and ahhhs filled the room as senior and freshmen memories came rushing back. It was the spark that started a lifelong love of what the camera can help create.

A lot has happened since then for me in business. I joined the US Air Force and later also served in the California Air National Guard, both with honorable service. I graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a B.A. in journalism, with honors. I worked at a couple of the world’s largest public relations agencies and as a PR consultant to dozens of technology companies. All the while, I have owned many DSLR cameras and never stopped photographing things. It is now decades in learning and this continued love for photography eventually sparked The Light Committee into being too. Contact me with any questions.

The Light Committee – the Name

So, why The Light Committee name? Lighting a person varies by the goal of the image being created. On one occasion, it might call for a single-light setup while on another it might require a four or more light setup that need to work in concert. The word “committee” is defined as a group appointed to perform a function or act upon a particular matter. Sometimes all the group is required and sometimes just some of the group. In a loosely similar way, lighting a subject requires lights to perform the function of lighting for a particular matter, just like a committee is to operate. And so, The Light Committee.

 The Light Committee is insured to meet Los Angeles County photography business requirements

Rafael L
Rafael, Photographer