I met Danica several years ago. She was 16 and was really intent on modeling. We shot once or twice but as I got busier we were unable to shoot thereafter. She has grown into a fine young lady and so we recently went out and shot Danica in a beautiful bikini from Kainani Swimwear, check them out here, Mindy & Ray do a great job! Enjoy Danica’s photos below and thank you to my always available grip and associate Bernard for the help!

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my fujinon xf56mm f/1.2r

I haven’t had a chance until recently to take my Fujinon XF56mm F1.2R lens out to shoot until recently and of course it did not disappoint. This Fuji lens has become my go to for ALL my people photos and if its too close I back up!

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Tiffany my newest muse and latest addition to JLB Talent Group. Here are some photos play close attention as you’ll see her more often.

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This previous Sunday we had some cancellations in the studio and I took over the schedule. I contacted a April, a girl I’d been meaning to shoot since I saw her about  5 or 6 years ago at a screening for the Miss Earth Guam pageant. We’d both just been busy and a bunch of missed opportunities later we finally got it together and had a shoot. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to shoot really but since I’ve a love affair with headshots I thought I’d start there. I contacted our MUA Michelle and we hung out for a bit talking about what we were going to do. She also eventually called the hairstylist Dani and it all came together and as I had the evening before saw “The Man from Uncle” I was interested as I had always been in doing something from that era, so we Googled 60’s mod fashion and we came up with these photos!

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Whenever I post a photo, I don’t indicate “model” as title of the subject of my photo, rather I put “muse” as in the 9 muses of Greek Goddesses of inspiration. Recently I ran across another “muse” her name is Candice. I could go on and on to try to explain my choices or what makes me click when I see someone, I can’t explain it anymore than I can explain my process except to say that it happens and I go with it! Enjoy!

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wisps of the inclement weather,
wafting perfumed scents
a glance,

that feeling,
and i arrive again
that moment;
…i will, as hard as i can;

it isn’t to be,

that time and place will never bring you back.

i wait.
Copyright © OFTANA. 2015. All rights reserved

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simple portraits


My write-up below is instructional as a refresher to those that know and new information that are unfamiliar.

In lighting a portrait, ratio and proportion is an important aspect. Begin with the 3/4 lighting or what is known as Rembrandt lighting, named after the Dutch painter who popularized the lighting and build from there. This lighting is also popular as many can make the mistake of just blowing out the subject in an effort to light their subject making the subject look flat and unpleasing.

Wikipedia defines it as:

Rembrandt lighting is a lighting technique that is used in studio portrait photography. It can be achieved using one light and a reflector, or two lights, and is popular because it is capable of producing images which appear both natural and compelling with a minimum of equipment. Rembrandt lighting is characterized by an illuminated triangle under the eye of the subject on the less illuminated side of the face. It is named for the Dutch painter Rembrandt, who often used this type of lighting.

kara_hsIn these particular photos my mainlight is camera left at 1/2 power on an AB800 and a second light the AB400 just behind the model. There is also a reflector at camera right and a smaller round silver reflector underneath the model. Both AlienBees are using medium lightboxes. Exposure info is 1/180th sec at f/9. ISO 200.

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jlb talent group

Some new additions to JLB Talent Group!

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here comes summer

Okay, so the title may be a little off as we’re on Guam so its perpetually summer here! But we still hold to the tradition of prepping for the summer and as such get excited for it, no more school, longer days… well somewhat longer days…. and friends, family and others flock to Guam for Summer! And so begins my “quest” for more content for my site IslandBikini.com et al!

IslandBikini.com has a simple premise the women of Guam in bikini’s though these days because I have had several requests we will add on a section of men, not necessarily in their bikini’s but frolicking in the beach, as it were! =)

Enjoy this selection I have shot already and some behind the scenes from me and some of the guys and stay tuned for more!

Happy Summer!


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krystal klear

I’ve known her since we first met on MySpace. Yes, that long and yes I said MySpace! =) Some of you may know her as the sax player or the torch singer et al. Some even as one of the contestants from the Miss World Guam 2014 pageant. More may know her as Krystal Paco, the newscaster, the one who can run faster than the cops in  heels. But I know her as one of a few I count as a very special friend but moreso as my muse, these are our recent collabs. Enjoy!



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