Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (September 2016): Angela Perez

Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (September 2016): Angela Perez

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2016, we'll be featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.

This month's winner is Angela Perez! Her work is notable for showing high levels of both creative and technical aptitude using budget equipment, as well as for its strong use of color and expression. She is even her own makeup artist for many shoots! Be sure to check out our favorite shots of her below and give her a follow to see her full portfolio! Angela is now in the running for Fstoppers Community Photographer of the Year! 

How to Be Chosen

Remember, in 2016, we'll be featuring a photographer chosen from the community every month. At the end of the year, the Fstoppers Community Photographer of the Year will be chosen from the 12 monthly winners, with the overall winner getting a tutorial of their choice from the Fstoppers store. Check out the rules to be chosen: 

  1. You must have uploaded an image to your portfolio in the past 60 days to be selected.
  2. For the year-end award, you must have remained active in the Fstoppers community by uploading an image at least once every 60 days.

Note that you may need to refresh your portfolio by deleting your oldest or lowest rated pictures to make room for your most recent work. However, every time a photo in your portfolio is rated an average of 3.5 stars by five or more people, you earn an extra upload! Also, if a photo of yours is selected as the Photo of the Day, you earn an extra upload.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Nice pix, great composition and lighting. However, please refrain from glorifying cigarettes aka "Cancer Sticks". Lung cancer sucks. We don't need to help the tobacco companies sell their poison.

Without speaking for Angela, considering the title of the shot is "Anguish," I don't think it's glorifying cigarettes, especially considering the cigarette is not the primary focus and is incidental to the strong facial expression. Moreover, it's art.

Hello and thanks for the comment J Maloney. To address your concerns about the photo, It is not supposed to glorify or glamorize cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking is a part of real life as much as is drinking, drugs, eating, being sad, being happy, having fun or being completely miserable we cannot pretend this feelings or habits do not exist. My portraiture documents and depicts real feelings that people face every day. I do not only capture the positive but also the negative and I try to capture them an showcase them in an artistic way. This series is supposed to showcase dark emotions of a person that is in emotional pain but I chose to do it in a way that is not blatantly obvious by using a light color palette and let the model's expression tell the story. The photo with the cigarette is showcasing the feeling of anxiety some people face when they are feeling disturbed or disrupted. The title Anguish was used to help tell the story of the feelings of severe mental, physical pain and suffering . The cigarette was used because millions of people around the globe light a cigarette when they feel anxiety and this way the image can relate or connect in a personal level with some viewers. I understand that my art might not be received well by many but this a medium I used for self expression. Maybe with my explanation this helps you understand my work a bit more. I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for the positive comment about the technical aspects of the photo.

I totally agree with Your vision Angela... Love Your work and congrats!!!